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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Latest Merchandise News

The latest news in Doctor Who merchandise:

Lego have issued details of their new Doctor Who set from Lego Ideas:

Construct a stunningly detailed Lego version of the iconic TARDIS and role-play the Doctor’s time-travel adventures! Created by fan-designer Andrew Clark and selected by Lego Ideas members, this set is based on the BBC’s popular and long-running television series about a Time Lord - the Doctor - exploring the universe in a blue police box. Due to trans-dimensional engineering, the TARDIS is bigger on the inside than the outside and this cool multifunctional set includes the console room that houses all the flight controls. 

Regenerate the Doctor and defeat the evil Daleks and a Weeping Angel with the help of his extraordinary companion Clara. Then close the doors of the TARDIS and launch into another dimension! Includes 4 minifigures with assorted accessory elements: the Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald and a Weeping Angel, plus 2 Daleks.

The Lego Ideas Doctor Who set is on sale from 1st December priced £49.99.

Big Finish have issued the cover and details for three new Doctor Who audio plays featuring the War Doctor:

In December 2015, the Time War will rage and only one man can save us. John Hurt is the War Doctor!

John Hurt, the world-renowned star of film and television, is returning to the role of the War Doctor, in twelve full-cast Doctor Who audio plays.

The War Doctor was introduced for Doctor Who’s fiftieth anniversary, and played a key part in the record-breaking television special The Day of the Doctor, alongside David Tennant and Matt Smith’s Doctors. He is the secret incarnation of the Time Lord - but he has shunned the title ‘Doctor’ in order to fight in the Time War against the Daleks.

"I have been a huge fan of John since first seeing him in the repeats of I, Claudius in the 1980s and in his Oscar-nominated role as the eponymous The Elephant Man," says Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery. "Watching his performance in The Day of the Doctor I did find myself fantasising that some far off day we might have the chance to work with him on the audio adventures of Doctor Who and now two short years later it’s happened! John wove a fantastic character together from a great script by Steven Moffat. Now we have the chance to get to know that character more and hear John stretch in the role. We’re all in for a hell of a ride as the War Doctor engages in battle. But who are the greater threat - the Daleks or the Time Lords?"

The audio adventures of the War Doctor will be told over four box sets, each containing three linked hour-long episodes. The first box set is entitled Only the Monstrous, and is written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, whose many successes for Big Finish include the BBC Audio Award-winning masterpiece Doctor Who: Dark Eyes.

"The story of the Doctor who refuses to call himself the Doctor in order to do the unthinkable upon the ultimate battlefield - all of space and time - was irresistible to me," says Nicholas. "Such a deeply disturbing and engaging character created by the formidable talents of writer Steven Moffat and actor John Hurt. It’s such a privilege to be working on this."

The cast of the War Doctor also includes Jacqueline Pearce, who plays Time Lord Cardinal Ollistra - an arch manipulator who is waging the Time War against the Daleks. Jacqueline’s work includes The Avengers, Callan, Doctor Who: Death Comes to Time, Moondial and Russell T Davies’ Dark Season, and she is known to many science fiction fans for her role as Servalan in the cult classic Blake’s 7.

Only the Monstrous will be released in December 2015, and will be followed in February 2016 by the second volume, Infernal Devices, which is written by John Dorney, Phil Mulryne and Matt Fitton. Volumes Three and Four are currently in pre-production.

"What an utter privilege it is to work with such an iconic actor, playing such a brilliantly devised role," says producer David Richardson. "This is Doctor Who at its darkest - the era in which our hero casts aside his core values in order to try and save the galaxy in its most terrible hour. We promise bold and brilliant story-telling with gripping character drama, and epic and cinematic audio productions."

In addition to the War Doctor, November 2017 also sees a prequel box set to the saga, Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor - The Time War, which will follow the early stages of the Time War from the Eighth Doctor’s perspective. Paul McGann stars, alongside characters first introduced in the War Doctor box sets.

Stories - all written by directed by Nicholas Brigss

  • The Innocent
  • The Thousand Worlds
  • The Heart of Battle

Doctor Who: The War Doctor - Only the Monstrous is on sale in December priced £20.00 on both CD and digital download.

Panini have issued the cover and details of the next edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

It’s October and Something Wicked This Way Comes… in the form of the wickedest magazine in the universe - issue 7 of Doctor Who Adventures. So prepare for a Halloween like no other with a huge celebration of monster mayhem!

Beauty Sleep
When the Doctor comes to visit Clara, he finds the whole school fast asleep. Either Clara’s class is the most boring experience in the universe or the planet is under attack from a Somnosian Invasion Force. Comic strip action from Jason Quinn, Russ Leach and John Burns!

Creating Evil
Get the low-down on Davros, dark lord of Skaro and creator of the Daleks!

Missy's Craft Studio
Missy has kicked Clara out of the craft studio and shows you how to make an all-purpose gadget of evil. You may not be able to stop the planes with it but you’ll have somewhere cool to store your pencils!

UNIT Alien Archives
Hack into the UNIT Alien Archives to find out more about the mysterious Shadow Proclamation

Strax's Guide to Alien Races
This month, Strax gives you a lesson on some of the various alien threats the Doctor has faced over the years, including the Abzorbalovians, the Balhoonians and the Carrionites.

The Hunt for Davros
A cool game for two, you are racing across Skaro and have to get to Davros before your opponent!

The Paternoster Gang Investigates
Rik Hoskin brings you the chilling story of the Misery Diary that reduces Strax and Jenny to tears. Can Madame Vastra break its uncanny spell?

Issue 7 comes with a massive double-sided poster and your own Psychic Paper, wallet and Sonic Screwdriver!

Issue 7 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from 8th October until 4th November priced £3.99.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Before the Flood - Trailer


A TV trailer advertising the fourth episode of the current series of Doctor Who, Before the Flood, is currently airing on various BBC channels in between programmes, you can watch it above. The episode will broadcast on Saturday 10th October at 8:25pm on BBC One and BBC One HDIn other news: Under the Lake received an overnight rating of 3.7 million, the finale BARB ratings will be announced in ten days time.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Under the Lake - Tonight!

The ninth series of Doctor Who continues tonight at 8:25pm on BBC One and BBC One HD, read on for the synopsis to the third episode:

UNDER THE LAKE - by Toby Whithouse
When an Underwater Base comes under attack, the Doctor and Clara must save the frightened crew and defeat an impossible threat. But what is behind these terrifying events? And can they really be haunted by ghosts?

The series continues next Saturday at 8:25pm with Before the Flood, more details coming then.

Friday, 2 October 2015

The Girl Who Died - Synopsis

The BBC Media Centre have issued the synopsis for the fifth episode of the upcoming ninth series of Doctor Who:

THE GIRL WHO DIED - by Jamie Mathieson
Captured by Vikings, the Doctor and Clara must help protect their village from Space Warriors from the future: the Mire. Outnumbered and outgunned, their fate seems inevitable. So why is the Doctor preoccupied with a single Viking girl?

Doctor Who: The Girl Who Died will broadcast on Saturday 17th October on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

New Spin-Off Show Announced!

The BBC have announced plans to launch a new Doctor Who spin-off set in Coal Hill School, read on for further details:

BBC Three today announces Class - a new 8 x 45 minute Doctor Who spin-off from the acclaimed YA author, Patrick Ness. Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen them before.

Steven Moffat says, "No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we're bringing his brilliant story-telling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain - but with monsters!"

On his first television series, writer Patrick Ness says, "I'm astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself. There's so much room there for all kinds of amazing stories, and to work with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin to find a place to tell one of my own has been an absolute joy. I can't wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your A-Levels."

Damian Kavanagh, controller of BBC Three adds, "We’re excited to give Patrick Ness this opportunity to work with us at BBC Three and the Doctor Who family. Patrick understands young audiences and I’m delighted he will use his incredible skills as a storyteller to delight audiences on BBC Three. BBC Three will always innovate and offer opportunities for brilliant new talent."

Polly Hill, controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, adds, "I am thrilled that Patrick Ness is writing his first drama series for BBC Three. The combination of Patrick and Steven Moffat, is an exciting partnership that has created a brilliant Doctor Who spin-off for our BBC Three audience.”

Class is executive produced by Steven Moffatt, Patrick Ness and Brian Minchin. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, controller of BBC Three and Polly Hill, controller of BBC Drama Commissioning.

Filming for Class will begin in Spring 2016 for broadcast later in the year on BBC Three.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Under the Lake - Clips


Ahead of the episode premiere, the BBC have released two clips from the next episode of the current series Doctor Who, you can watch the first above and the second below. 


Doctor Who: Under the Lake broadcasts this Saturday at 8:25pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Monday, 28 September 2015

The 10 Christmas Specials DVD & Blu-ray Boxsets - Covers & Details

BBC DVD have issued the covers and details for the release of all the current Doctor Who Christmas specials onto DVD and Blu-ray:

This special limited edition box set contains all 10 Christmas specials plus a set of 5 graphically illustrated Christmas cards, exclusive bonus feature and accompanying booklet.

In these action-packed episodes, the Doctor must save the world from an array of monsters including Killer Santas, the Sycorax, Rachnoss, the Wooden King & Queen and the Dream Crabs.

C.01: The Christmas Invasion
C.02: The Runaway bride
C.03: Voyage of the Damned
C.04: The Next Doctor
C.05: The End of Time - Part One
NYS: The End of Time - Part Two
C.06: A Christmas Carol
C.07: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
C.08: The Snowmen
C.09: The Time of the Doctor
C.10: Last Christmas

In this exclusive new feature, Rufus Hound journeys through Christmas past to show many of the greatest moments and monsters. Also includes personal reflections from Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat.

Doctor Who: The 10 Christmas Specials boxset is on sale from 19th October priced £25.99 on DVD and £28.99 on Blu-ray.