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Friday, 25 July 2014

Deep Breath - New Broadcast Details

As with the 50th anniversary special, the BBC have announced that the Doctor Who series eight opening episode Deep Breath is to be simulcast around the world on TV and cinemas, read on for further details:

BBC Worldwide is delighted to announce that the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8 - Peter Capaldi’s debut season in the iconic role - will be screened in cinemas around the world from 23rd August 2014.

This year’s screenings follow the success of the global cinema release of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor which was screened in over 1500 cinemas around the world, allowing fans to come together to watch the show like never before.

Doctor Who makes a spectacular return to the big screen in the feature-length premiere episode of Series 8; Deep Breath. Directed by acclaimed Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) and written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, the beginning of the Twelfth Doctor’s era stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald and sees the return of fan favourites The Paternoster Gang - Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) - in a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London.

Steven Moffat comments, "Last November the Doctor didn’t just conquer the world on television, he did it in the cinemas too. And like the show-off he is, he can’t resist another go - one taste of the silver screen is never enough. On August 23rd the new Doctor will begin his new adventures on BBC One and in cinemas all over the world. Movie-land beware - Capaldi is coming to get you!"

Doctor Who: Deep Breath will be screened in participating cinemas around the world from 23rd August, 2014. More information will be released by BBC Worldwide and participating cinema chains over the coming weeks. For all of the latest information please visit www.doctorwho.tv/cinema.

A time for when the episode will air is yet to be confirmed.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

50th Anniversary DVD & Blu-ray Boxset - Covers & Details

BBC DVD have revealed the covers and details for the release of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary collection onto DVD and Blu-ray, read on for further details:

For the ultimate Doctor Who fan, BBC Worldwide UK are proud to present a special collection of highlights from the ground-breaking 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, including - for the first time - An Adventure in Space and Time on DVD and Blu-ray.

The limited edition collector’s set (6,000 Blu-ray, 4,000 DVD) includes the 50th anniversary special; The Day of the Doctor, Matt Smith’s Farewell; The Time of the Doctor, the Series 7 finale; The Name of the Doctor, and the Eighth Doctor’s (Paul McGann) surprise regeneration into John Hurt’s War Doctor; The Night of the Doctor.

The collection also includes an exclusive cut of the read-through of The Day of the Doctor featuring Matt Smith and David Tennant, deleted scenes, new-to-DVD cinema trails and Mark Gatiss’ award winning drama about the genesis of Doctor Who; An Adventure in Space and Time. The hilarious Five-ish Doctors - starring Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and a host of special guests - will also be included on a DVD and Blu Ray box for the first time.

EPISODES
  • The Name of the Doctor
  • The Day of the Doctor
  • The Time of the Doctor

EXTRAS
  • Prequels to The Day of the Doctor (The Night of the Doctor / The Last Day)
  • The Day of the Doctor Cinema Intros
  • An Adventure in Space and Time
  • The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
  • 2013 Doctor Who Proms
  • Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide
  • The Science of Doctor Who
  • Tales from the Tardis
  • Farewell to Matt Smith
  • The Day of the Doctor Read-Through
  • Behind the Scenes on Episodes & An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Deleted Scenes

EXCLUSIVE TO BBC SHOP
Free Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration brochure for first 500 orders.

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary boxset is on sale from 8th September at all good DVD stores priced £28.99 on DVD format and £31.99 on Blu-ray format.

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 476

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

Showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat gives Doctor Who magazine readers an exclusive guide to the new series of Doctor Who in the latest edition: "Oh, it's a proper blockbuster this episode, so many explosions that Peter Capaldi came in on his day off to watch the Daleks blowing up! I like a Doctor who revels in the destruction of evil in his downtime..."

Also in this issue:
  • Doctor Who's production designer Michael Pickwoad on how to create entire worlds.
  • Former script editor Andrew Cartmel talks to the writers he employed on what could have been Doctor Who's very last season: Ben Aaronovitch, Ian Briggs, Marc Platt and Rona Munro.
  • Terrance Dicks - script editor, writer and novelist supreme - talks about his work on Target's Doctor Who books.
  • DWM pays tribute to the life and times of director Derek Martinus, the man who introduced the Cybermen, Ice Warriors and Autons to Doctor Who.
  • The Fact of Fiction takes a detailed look at the 1982 Fifth Doctor adventure, Kinda.
  • The Crystal Throne ­- the brand new comic strip adventure starring Vastra, Jenny and Strax continues.
  • The Time Team watch the Doctor meet River Song for the first time in Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead.
  • Jacqueline Rayner and her family get World Cup fever as they wait for the start of the new series in Relative Dimensions.
  • The Watcher poses more questions and reveals dubious secrets from the archives in Wotcha!
  • Reviews and previews of the latest CDs and books.
  • Official news, the DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Issue 476 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 20th August priced £4.99 per copy.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Series 8 - SFX Magazine Reveal New Details

The latest edition of SFX magazine features five collectible Doctor Who-themed covers. Included inside is an interview with executive producer Steven Moffat on the new series as well as details to all twelve episodes, read on for further details:

Dave Bradley, editor-in-chief of SFX, says "We’re thrilled to have this first cover with Peter Capaldi - and bonus covers with all his gang! Doctor Who remains a favourite with all our readers. A month ahead of the show's return to our screens, this is a great chance to chat with the head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat about what's in store for the new Doctor."

EPISODE DETAILS
  • 8.01: Clara trying to cope with her best friend being someone else. A terrifying monster.
  • 8.02: Gritty Dalek ep that goes into the last place in the universe the Doctor should be.
  • 8.03: Very funny Robin Hood story all about being a hero and whether the Doctor is a good man.
  • 8.04: The story of a date and the Doctor having what appears to be a mild nervous breakdown. Tiny guest cast, no CGI. A bit of Coupling. Quite scary.
  • 8.05: A Doctor Who heist movie with a cracking monster, one of Neill Gorton’s best.
  • 8.06: What effect would slipping away with the Doctor have on your life? A hoot with some serious bits. Bit like The Lodger.
  • 8.07: Proper drama with monsters and all the Doctor Who stuff that you could want. Also features a callback to a past episode (sort of).
  • 8.08: Moffat playing the long game with a callback to something from Matt’s first series. A brilliant idea of a monster. Foxes singing.
  • 8.09: A horror story that starts off with a very cute idea and becomes really quite frightening by the end. One of the best ever sight gags in it.
  • 8.10: Boldly beautiful, lyrical and poetic. A fairytale, but not Moffat fairytale. Quite different with a clever main visual idea
  • 8.11/12: High octane action, with Cybermen and some proper UNIT stuff. Strong emotional story about Clara and the Doctor and the fact that the way they interact might not be healthy for everyone around them.

Issue 251 also goes behind the scenes on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and analyses the future of superheroes on TV with a complete guide to the upcoming shows Gotham, Constantine, The Flash, Agent Carter and more. The issue also features interviews with geek icon Felicia Day, director Luc Besson, and top fantasy author Robin Hobb. 

Issue 251 of SFX magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents priced £4.99 per copy.

Monday, 21 July 2014

World Tour - New Venue for Korean Leg

Due to complaints of limited capacity, BBC Worldwide have now moved the Korean Leg of the Doctor Who world tour (helping to promote series eight) to a new venue, read on for further details:

More than 1000 fans in Seoul will now have the chance to attend a fan event and watch the first episode of the latest season of Doctor Who, in a new venue for the World Tour's South Korean leg. The fan event will now take place on August 9 at the Grand Ballroom at 63 Building in Seoul. Fans will be able to buy tickets to the event which will include an appearance by the new Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, and his on-screen companion, played by Jenna Coleman.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 25th July at 9:00am (KST). Fans will be able to purchase online from yes24.com. Tickets are priced at 15,000 and 12,000 KRW.

"Fans are at the heart of everything we do. We have listened to and taken our fans advice", said Soojin Chung, GM, BBC Worldwide Korea. "The new venue will allow many more fans to participate in the fan event and the contests we have planned will allow as many Doctor Who fans as possible to get their hands on tickets - whether they are in Seoul or not."

In the lead-up to the landing of the Doctor Who World Tour in Seoul, BBC Worldwide will host two competitions, giving fans the opportunity to win tickets to the fan event:

Starting Tuesday 22nd July, the Tardis will be popping up in prominent locations in Seoul. Fans who spot it can take a creative picture of themselves with the Tardis, and tweet us in the picture showing us how much they love Doctor Who. Fans should post to their photo to Twitter with the hashtag #tardisinseoul and the most creative pictures stand to win tickets to the fan event. The Tardis locations will be announced on our Twitter account @doctorwho_kor with the first location posted on Monday 21st July at 9:00pm Korea time. The full competition terms and conditions will be posted on www.doctorwho.tv/worldtour. Fans can start tweeting their entries from 12:00pm on Tuesday 22nd July until 11:59pm Sunday 27th July when the competition closes (all times KST).

Fans who aren't able to spot the Tardis in Seoul can still win tickets to the event. A template for a mini cut-out Tardis will be shared on Twitter at doctorwho_kor. Fans will be able to download this to use in their photos. Similar to the first competition, the most creative pictures, hashtagged #tardisinseoul stand to win tickets. The exact start date and time of this competition will be announced on Twitter. 50 pairs of tickets are up for grabs for each of the two competitions.

Doctor Who: The World Tour will begin in the UK on August 7th and finish in Brazil on August 19th. It will see Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and on-screen companion Jenna Coleman visiting seven cities across five continents in twelve days to take part in a series of media and fan engagements to publicise the shows forthcoming Series 8 to a global audience.

In other news: The BBC's annual report for 2013 has revealed that the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor was the most-watched programme on BBC television last year.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Series 7 Action Figures - Wave 3

Character Options have revealed their third assortment of Doctor Who series seven action figures, now produced in the new scale of 3.75", read on for further details:

A great gift for fans of any age, these highly detailed, realistic and poseable action figures include some iconic characters from the hit TV show Doctor Who. Re-enact scenes from The Time of the Doctor using the Twelfth Doctor Regenerated figure; your favourite storylines form series 7 with the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond or simply create your own adventures across space and time.

Battle against some famous foes like the supreme beings that are the Daleks, which are also included in this exciting collection of Doctor Who 3.75" scale action figures. Each character has its own red Doctor Who display base (Dalek action figures do not include display base).

WAVE 3 INCLUDES:
The Tenth Doctor (with Sonic Screwdriver)
The Eleventh Doctor (with Sonic Screwdriver)
The Regnerated Twelfth Doctor
Amy Pond
Asylum Dalek
Genesis of the Daleks Dalek


The wave is on sale from 31st August at all good toy stores priced £6.99 each.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Series 8 Script Leak - BBC Thanks Fans

After five scripts from the next series of Doctor Who leaked online, the BBC plead to any fans who found them not to share them on fan sites and social media for other fans who wanted to wait for the episodes' broadcasts. Today, the BBC issued the following statement:

We would like to thank Doctor Who fans everywhere for their amazing efforts in helping us contain the recent leaks.

The mistake was damaging and resulted in the exposure of five scripts and the first six unfinished episodes from Series 8 on a publicly accessible FTP site. While there is still a risk that this leak will result in more of this content emerging, so far the impact has been contained to a limited amount of this material through a combination of fans efforts and the plan that we put in place using new technology and internal manpower to limit any illegal activity.

We would particularly like to thank the fansite moderators and Doctor Who devotees who have actively protected the programme. BBC Worldwide has taken this issue extremely seriously and disciplinary action has been implemented as a result of the incident.

Our sincere apologies again to Steven Moffat, the cast and production team who toil long hours to make the show in Cardiff, the BBC, and of course the fans who expect so much better.

The new series of Doctor Who will officially premiere on Saturday 23rd August on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed.