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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Lego Dimenions - Doctor Who Packs

The Lego Group have issued the details of two new Lego Dimenions packs based on Doctor Who for the upcoming game, read on for further details:

When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various Lego worlds, different characters from DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings and The Lego Movie are swept away.

To save their friends, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle bravely jump into the vortex and quickly find themselves fighting to save all of Lego humanity.

Let creativity be the guide to a building and gaming adventure - journey through unexpected worlds and team-up with unlikely allies on the quest to defeat the evil Lord Vortech. Play with different minifigures from different worlds together in one Lego videogame, and use each other’s vehicles and gadgets in a way never before possible.

Lego Bad Cop driving the DeLorean Time Machine…why not?! The Lego Ninjago Masters of Spinjitsu fighting alongside Wonder Woman…yes, please! Get ready to break the rules, because the only rule with Lego Dimensions is that there are no rules.

FUN PACK - on sale 6th November, priced £15.79
Want the best variety? Extra fun comes in each pack containing one minifigure and a vehicle or gadget.

LEVEL PACK - on sale 22nd January 2016, priced £28.56
Want more to explore? Expand the gaming experience with a level pack which contains a whole new mission-based game level, along with a minifigure, a vehicle and a gadget to build and use in-game.

Lego Dimenions will be available to play on all gaming consoles from 22nd September.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Series 8 Finale for U.S Screening with Series 9 Prequel

Select theatres across the U.S will screen a 3D edition of the Doctor Who two-part series 8 finale Dark Water and Death in Heaven. The screening will also premeire with an exclusive prequel to the forthcoming ninth series of the show titled The Doctor’s Meditation, read on for further details:

Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide are bringing the Doctor to you early! On Tuesday, September 15th and Wednesday, September 16th, relive the dramatic two-part finale of Doctor Who series eight on the big screen in Real D 3D, plus watch a never-before-seen prequel to the first episode of series nine and an interview with stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman hosted by Wil Wheaton.

A DVD release of the two-part story in 3D will follow on 22nd September, further details are to be confirmed. The event is exclusive to the U.S, and it is unknown if the prequel will get a UK premiere. Doctor Who returns on Saturday 19th September to BBC One and BBC One HD.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Big Finish - The Diary of River Song - Details

Big Finish have issued the synopsis of the upcoming four-part audio drama The Diary of River Song, read on for further details:

Launching in January 2016, Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song continues the adventures of the Doctor’s wife and Time Lady adventuress; once again portrayed by Alex Kingston. Already announced is Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor; but today we’re pleased to reveal other key names.

Opening the adventures will be Alexander Vlahos (Merlin, The Confessions of Dorian Gray) as Bertie, who will join River at an archeological dig in opening story The Boundless Sea, written by popular novelist Jenny T Colgan.

"Jenny has been on my writing wish-list for a while," says script editor Matt Fitton, "and she’s created a funny, thrilling and scary adventure to kick start River’s journey".

From there, River heads to the most exclusive gathering in the middle of Hyperspace in Justin Richards’ I Went to a Marvellous Party. There she meets Gifford (Alexander Siddig - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Game of Thrones) and Isabella (Imogen Stubbs - Twelfth Night, Sense and Sensibility), a pair of socialites with connections to the mysterious Rulers of the Universe.

Next James Goss puts River on the trail of mysterious, planet-killing Spore Ships in Signs, where we are also introduced to a handsome time-travelling stranger  - her future husband Mr Song, played by Samuel West (Howard’s End, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell, Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time).

The series concludes with the Eighth Doctor’s arrival in The Rulers of the Universe by Matt Fitton. River must contend with a secret society, and a face off with an ancient alien force; with her future husband caught in the middle!

THE BOUNDLESS SEA - by Jenny T Colgan
Drawn out of self-imposed academic exile by an archelological dig, River crosses paths with British Consul Bertie Potts – leading to a secret buried in a lost tomb…

I WENT TO A MARVELLOUS PARTY - by Justin Richards
River is invited to the most exclusive gathering; right in the middle of Hyperspace! Hosts Gifford and Isabella hold a connection to the mysterious Rulers of the Universe; but with a murderer on board, is River too late to discover the truth?

SIGNS - by James Goss
River is on the trail of mysterious, planet-killing SporeShips. Her only aid is a handsome time-travelling stranger with a connection to her future - her husband, Mr Song.

THE RULERS OF THE UNIVERSE - by Matt Fitton
The Eighth Doctor is drawn into events, as River must contend with a secret society and a face-off with an ancient alien force - with her future husband caught in the middle!

The Dairy of River Song audio collection will be available in January 2016, further release details are to be confirmed.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 489

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

The next issue of Doctor Who magazine features an interview with sixth Doctor Colin Baker, the Doctor who never had a proper regeneration story - until now! Talking about recording The Last Adventure for Big Finish, he said:

"Big Finish came to me, and said, 'If we write you a really good story, and if we released your seven cats which we've kidnapped, which are suspended above this flame getting lower and lower, will you perhaps do this story?' ... and I reluctantly agreed, and my cats are safe!"

Commenting on why he needed a little persuasion to record the story, and why he changed his mind:
"Oh, the idea of a release. A release from the tension of saying 'no' repeatedly. And... it's Big Finish! That's what changed my mind."

Also in this issue:

UNDER SURVEILLANCE! 
DWM tells the remarkable story of writer Malcolm Hulke, the creator of the Time Lords, Silurians and Sea Devils - and why he came under under scrutiny by MI5...

TROUBLED TEEN
Ellis George, the actress who plays cheeky schoolgirl Courtney Woods talks to DWM about travelling in the TARDIS, and what its like to be a teenager starring in Doctor Who.

TOP OF THE POPS! 
The much-anticipated results of the 2014 DWM Season Survey are in! Discover which story from Peter Capaldi's d├ębut season topped the poll, and who won the accolade for best writer, what was the favourite monster, and more...

THE MONSTER OF PELADON! 
The Fact of Fiction takes a close look at the 1974 serial The Monster of Peladon, and digs deep to unearth fascinating new facts about this Third Doctor adventure.

JUNGLE TERROR! 
There's ghostly goings-on for the Doctor and Clara in a brand-new comic strip adventure, Spirits of the Jungle by Jonathan Morris, illustrated by John Ross.

HELLO, YOUNG MAN! 
Doctor Who's showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions - and comes face-to-face with his 10-year-old self!

TIS THE SEASON? 
Jacqueline Rayner considers what time of year it's traditional - and best - to watch Doctor Who - and comes to a surprising conclusion...

THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES
The Time Team fight for space behind the sofa as they watch David Tennant's penultimate, chilling story: The Waters of Mars.

ON THEIR WAY... 
DWM talks to the people involved in the latest Doctor Who CD releases, including Bonnie Langford, Nicholas Briggs, Lisa Bowerman and Mike Tucker.

PLUS! 
All the latest official news, reviews, competitions and The DWM Crossword.

Issue 489 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 19th August priced £4.99 per copy.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

12th Doctor 5" Figure - FPI Exclusive

Character and Underground Toys have issued the details concerning a new Twelfth Doctor 5" action figure - exclusive to Forbidden Planet International, read on for further details:

Doctor Who follows the adventures of the last Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who simply goes by the name "The Doctor". At the end of the 2013 season, the Doctor regenerated into his new form and new personality, and is portrayed by legendary Scottish actor Peter Capaldi. This new incarnation, the Twelfth Doctor, is a spiky, brusque, pragmatic, yet funny, passionate and fearless character who travels with his companion, Clara Oswald. His adventures with (and without) Clara in the 2014 season lead him to make tough and ruthless decisions that make him question his character and the value of his travels.

This all new 5 inch tall figure showcases the new look the Doctor takes on after the regeneration, featuring his now signature dark blue Crombie-style coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a long collared white shirt buttoned to the top with no tie, and brogue boots. He also comes with his trusty Sonic Screwdriver.

The figure is on sale from 31st October exclusively from Forbidden Planet International priced £14.99 per purchase. The figure is part of a new collector series of 5" Doctor Who action figures, further details are to be confirmed.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Torchwood: Fall to Earth - Cover & Details

Big Finish have released the cover and details of their second Torchwood audio play, featuring the return of Gareth-David Lloyd as Ianto Jones, read on for further details:

Big Finish are delighted to announce that fan-favourite actor Gareth David-Lloyd will star as Ianto Jones for the second release in a new series of Torchwood Audio Dramas.

"Well, how could we not?" says producer James Goss. "Ianto’s such a brilliant character, and if we kept people on tenterhooks any longer, we’d be fools. Of course he’s in it and as soon as possible. We recorded with him literally the first day after he finished a theatre tour. Did he want to put his feet up? Nope. He wanted to be Ianto."

Gareth appeared throughout the first three series of the popular BBC show, created by Russell T Davies. A mild-mannered administrator for the Torchwood team, Ianto helped defend Cardiff from the horrors of the rift, and aided the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) in a battle against the Daleks in two episodes of Doctor Who.

Ianto made his final TV appearance in the 2009 mini-series Children of Earth, but his popularity and legacy has stood the test of time, with a special commemorative memorial for the character erected in Cardiff Bay.

Gareth returns in Fall to Earth, following on from John Barrowman’s return as Captain Jack Harkness in the opening instalment, The Conspiracy.

"Seeing Gareth in studio was an absolute delight," glowed director Scott Handcock. "He clearly loves the part and had a great time. And can’t wait to be back."

The new story will be released in October, allowing for an unbroken run of stories from September. Four more releases will follow at monthly intervals through 2016.

"There was originally going to be a gap after the first release," explains James, "but we soon realised that everyone we spoke to was being so helpful, we’d be in studio a lot. BBC Worldwide have all been amazing - ‘Well, since it’s Torchwood’ everyone kept saying. So it’s coming out early."

FALL TO EARTH - written by James Goss, directed by Scott Handcock
The SkyPuncher is the first private spaceflight. But Ephraim Salt’s visionary project has gone horribly wrong – the ship is falling out of the sky and there seems no way to stop it.

Ianto Jones thought the flight would be sabotaged. The only problem is… he’s on board.

The first Big Finish Torchwood audio play, The Conspiracy, will be available in September, followed by the rest of the instalments over the following months, prices and retailing info is to be confirmed.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Festival - Michelle Gomez & Ingrid Oliver Added

Two more cast members of Doctor Who are to attend the Doctor Who festival this Autumn, read on for further details:

Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver to come face-to-face at the Doctor Who Festival this year ExCel Exhibition Centre, London

BBC Worldwide are excited to announce that Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver will be joining Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat at the official Doctor Who Festival, which will take place at ExCeL, London, on the 13th, 14th and 15th November 2015. The Festival will offer fans an exclusive and interactive glimpse into how the inimitable world of Doctor Who is created.

We are also pleased to confirm that photo opportunities will be available with Peter Capaldi, Ingrid Oliver and Michelle Gomez, plus the opportunity to have an iconic photo taken on the set from Series nine.

In a weekend event like no other, television fans of all ages will be invited to see how one of the UK’s most-loved television programmes is created. Ticket holders will be able to discover the inspiration behind the Doctor’s recent adversaries, the imagination required to create whole new worlds and the ingenuity that goes into designing and making the beautiful backdrops that give Doctor Who its unique look. This Festival is a must-attend event for die-hard Doctor Who fans and for those who want to learn more about television production, with many, many more exciting announcements to come!

DAY TICKET PRICES
  • Standard ticket: £65
  • Standard child ticket: £30
  • Standard family ticket: £165
  • TARDIS ticket: £110 SOLD OUT
  • TARDIS child ticket: £50 SOLD OUT
  • TARDIS family ticket: £285 SOLD OUT

THEATRE SHOWS
See the writers and cast from the series as they talk about how to make an idea become reality on a series as big and bold as Doctor Who.

ON SET PHOTO
Photo opportunities on one of the current filming sets.

WARDROBE DEPARTMENT 
A display of costumes and props from the series.

COSPLAYERS SHOWCASE 
Fans can showcase their impressive Doctor Who-themed outfits.

THE FAN CHALLENGE!
Fans young and old can test their knowledge of Doctor Who.


DRAMA SCHOOL
The techniques and secrets that the cast learn when filming Doctor Who.

OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE
The official fan shopping area.

PRODUCTION VILLAGE
A chance for fans to understand what it takes to film a scene in Doctor Who.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES
An opportunity for fans to purchase an individual photograph with the current cast members appearing.

The ticket price includes day entry to the Festival, access to three theatre shows, lanyard, show planner and all of the above. TARDIS tickets to include the above plus brochure, lounge access, front block theatre show seats and a Limited Edition Doctor Who Festival 2015 T-shirt. Tickets, further information and monthly newsletters are available from www.doctorwhofestival.com

Doctor Who Festival will also be coming to Australia a week after on 21st-22nd November 2015. Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat will also be attending the Australian event.

The festival will take place between 13th and 15th November. Tickets are now available to purchase from the ExCel website.