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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 344

The cover and details of this fortnight's edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

CHECK OUT A FREE SAMPLE EDITION OF DOCTOR WHO ADVENTURES!
This week you can access a special online sample edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine by clicking on the link below. You’ll find highlights from the latest issue, which includes an exciting interview with a Cyberman and the best facts about the deadly Daleks! Click here for the online sample edition.

The sample digital edition also has an exclusive competition to win a PS4 plus the epic Doctor Who Series 7 DVD box set - and you can find out more ways to enjoy Doctor Who Adventures from any time and place in the universe with a digital version of the magazine.

And, in the print edition of issue 344, out now, you’ll find:
  • Free Weeping Angel grabbers! (Don’t blink!)
  • An exciting game to play with your grabbers.
  • Fun with the Alien Babies!
  • Pictures from filming the new series.
  • Strax’s guide to the Silence.
  • Win loads of fantastic things!
  • Make a Cybermat!
  • Behind the scenes on The Rings of Akhaten.
  • An exciting comic strip featuring an unseen adventure with the Eleventh Doctor and Clara.
  • All this, plus 3 posters, puzzles and loads of monster fun…

Issue 344 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale now at all good newsagents until 6th May priced £2.99 per copy.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Doctor Who Magazine - The Official Guide to the 2013 Series

Panini - publishers of Doctor Who magazine - have recently released their official guide to the second part of series seven of the show, read on for further details:

The Official Guide to the 2013 Series
The essential guide to Matt Smith's final season as the Doctor, the guide has in-depth articles covering the following episodes:

7.x2: The Snowmen
7.06: The Bells of Saint John
7.07: The Rings of Akhaten
7.08: Cold War
7.09: Hide
7.10: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
7.11: The Crimson Horror
7.12: Nightmare in Silver
7.13: The Name of the Doctor

The magazine is packed with previously unpublished photos, day-to-day details of Doctor Who's production and hundreds of fascinating new facts.

Doctor Who Magazine: The Official Guide to the 2013 Series is on sale now at all good newsagents priced £6.99 per copy.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Hugo Award Nominations

Doctor Who has received four nominations for this year's Hugo Awards, read on for further details:

The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot have all been nominated for this year’s Hugo Awards.

All three have been nominated in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category and the winners will be announced on 17th August at the 2014 Hugo Awards ceremony. The Name of the Doctor was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein and The Day of the Doctor, also penned by Steven Moffat, was directed by Nick Hurran. The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot was written and directed by Peter Davison and featured a number of well-known faces from the world of Doctor Who including Steven Moffat, several former Doctors and Jenna Coleman.

Commenting on the nominations, Doctor Who’s head writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said, "For Doctor Who to receive four Hugo nominations in its anniversary year is completely thrilling. We are all over the moon. I’m particularly pleased about The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot as that was my acting debut. I remain available for any parts requiring a black jumper and slightly unrealistic hair."

We’re also delighted that An Adventure in Space and Time - the one-off drama written by Mark Gatiss that examined the origins of Doctor Who - also received a nomination in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category. And The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who, written by Paul Cornell and illustrated by Jimmy Broxton, was nominated in the Best Graphic Story field.

The prestigious Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are named after Hugo Gernsback, founder of the influential science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories. Best of luck to all this year’s nominees!

This year's Hugo Awards will take place on Sunday 17th August. In other news: the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor has been nominated in the Best of British category in this year's Freesat Free TV Awards.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 343

The cover and details of this fortnight's edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

MAKE A MONSTER EGG FOR EASTER WITH DOCTOR WHO ADVENTURES MAGAZINE!
Doctor Who Adventures magazine shows readers how to make the perfect monster egg for Easter. You’ll be able to scare your mates with a rotton Zygon egg or a cracking Weeping Angel. Or perhaps you’d prefer to make a Dal-egg to egg-sterminate your enemies?

The team has come up with some eggs-cellent designs to inspire young Doctor Who fans during the holidays - and want to see what readers come up with. So, hard-boil some eggs and check out the latest issue, out now!

You’ll also find:
  • Fun with the Alien Babies!
  • Pictures from filming the new series.
  • Strax’s guide to the Daleks.
  • Remember the Scarecrows? Find out all their secrets!
  • Learn how to draw the Doctor.
  • Win loads of cool things!
  • A pull-out puzzle section.
  • Behind the scenes on The Name of the Doctor.
  • An exciting comic strip featuring an unseen adventure with the Eleventh Doctor and Clara.
  • All this, plus 3 posters and loads of monster fun…

Issue 343 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 22nd April priced £2.99 per copy.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Series 8 - Ben Miller to Star in Episode by Mark Gatiss

The BBC have confirmed that another actor is to guest star in the next series of Doctor Who in an episode written by Mark Gatiss, read on for further details:

Ben Miller is set to guest star opposite Peter Capaldi when the new series of Doctor Who returns this autumn.

Commenting on his role, Ben Miller said: "As a committed Whovian I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures. My only worry is that they'll make me leave the set when I'm not filming."

Miller achieved fame as half of comedy duo Armstrong and Miller before success in dramas, including Primeval and more recently, as DI Richard Poole, the central character in the first two series of the BBC’s Death in Paradise.

Miller’s partner in comedy, Alexander Armstrong, appeared in Doctor Who’s 2011 Christmas Special, playing Reg Arwell, but it’s Miller’s first time on the show and he’ll be starring in an episode written by Mark Gatiss.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: "Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the Tardis, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it's about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!"

Other familiar faces confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series, which will air on BBC One later this year, include Tom Riley and Keeley Hawes.

Filming for Gatiss's episode begins soon. Doctor Who will return to screens this Autumn to BBC One and BBC One HD.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 472

The cover and details of this month's edition of Doctor Who magazine:

Paul McGann talks about life after being the Eighth Doctor in the new edition of Doctor Who magazine.

"You know what? I don't expect ever to be involved again. But I expect I'll be surprised one day by something. That's what Doctor Who's about. I expect to be surprised..."

ALSO IN ISSUE 472: 
  • DWM goes behind the scenes and talks exclusively with Jamie Payne, who directed the recent episodes Hide and The Time of the Doctor
  • John Levene recalls his time playing Cybermen, Yeti and UNIT regular Benton in an in-depth interview
  • Master model-makers Mike Tucker and his team reveal their experiences of providing visual effects for 21st-century Doctor Who
  • Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions
  • A detailed look at The Fact of Fiction of the 1982 Fifth Doctor adventure Time-Flight
  • The Blood of Azrael - The Doctor and Clara in the third part of their latest comic strip adventure
  • The Time Team take a trip to the Planet of the Ood
  • Jacqueline Rayner casts a critical eye over the Twelfth Doctor's choice of apparel in Relative Dimensions
  • The Watcher ponders how Doctor Who companions sometimes know things that they ought not to know, and embarrasses another supporting artiste in Wotcha!
  • Reviews of the latest DVDs, CDs and books
  • Competitions, puzzles and more!

Issue 472 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale now at all good newsagents until 30th April priced £4.75 per copy.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Doctor Who Experience - Easter Treats

The Doctor Who Experience has announced that set of new activities and prop installations will be added to the walking tour this Easter, read on for further details:

Easter Treats at the Doctor Who Experience
  • Brand new props installed
  • A Monster Family Day Out on Wednesday 16th April
  • Walking Tours re-launch for 2014

The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay celebrates the Easter holiday with a host of activities and new prop installations this month.

The popular official walking tours of Cardiff Bay will return on Good Friday (18th April), running throughout the Bank Holiday weekend. The tours will also run on 26th and 27th April. Groups are guided by an official Doctor Who Experience host, taking in some of the most recognisable sights in Cardiff Bay where much of the series is filmed. Tours last up to 90 minutes, starting and finishing at the attraction. Tickets can be booked from 10 April from the Doctor Who Experience box office.

On Wednesday 16th April, the Experience will also host A Monster Family Day Out. The activity packed day will include:
  • Millennium FX workshops throughout the day, including talks and demonstrations on how they create the monsters of Doctor Who, practical workshops and advice for those wanting to get into the industry.
  • Vortex Challenge - runaround style game testing your knowledge of the world’s most famous Time Lord. Hosted by Doctor Who writer Cavan Scott.
  • Monster Mash creative workshop, also with Cavan Scott.
  • Miniature workshop hosted by award-winning special effects expert Mike Tucker.
  • Photo opportunity on the Silence Spaceship with a real-life Silent.
  • Eggs-terminate Station - design your own Doctor Who egg.
  • Surprise appearances throughout the day.

For those fans who aren’t able to make it to the Monster Family Day Out, the Doctor Who Experience will be alive with activity over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Special guest Shaun Williams will be showing off his skills as storyboard artist for Doctor Who Adventures on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a special Easter egg hunt as well as an eggs-terminate station.

A selection of brand new props will also be installed. The new selection will include an exclusive 50th anniversary collection of handprints, collected throughout 2013. Joining the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith’s hands, already cemented in Doctor Who Experience history, will be those of Paul McGann, Billie Piper, John Hurt, David Tennant, Tom Baker, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davison, Paul McGann, Jenna Coleman and many more from the classic era of the show.

Also to be installed at the Experience will be a dedicated prop display from the entire Series 7, including props from the 50th Anniversary special The Day of the Doctor and other landmark episodes such as The Time of the Doctor (Matt Smith’s farewell) and Asylum of the Daleks (Jenna Coleman’s first appearance). These fantastic monster-filled extra activities come free of charge with a valid Doctor Who Experience ticket.

More information of these new activies from the Doctor Who Experience can be found here on their website.