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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 2

The cover and details of the next edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

The second issue of Panini’s regenerated Doctor Who Adventures hits the newsstands on 21st May, and promises more thrills, more adventures and more excitement than ever! The issue comes with a free Mega Monster set! 

Opening proceedings, the Doctor and Clara find themselves rocking out at the end of the universe as they face the deadly hunger of the ‘Devourer of the Cosmos’ in this issue’s strip story The Big Hush, drawn by Russ Leach, written by Jason Quinn and coloured by John Burns.

KNOW YOUR ENEMIES
Next up, readers get to access the TARDIS Data Core to find out about some of the Doctor’s strangest and deadly enemies, including the Whisper Men, the Boneless, Prisoner Zero, the Vashta Nerada and the Smilers.

CLARA’S CRAFT STUDIO
Then we join Clara as she shows you how to make your own Foretold Desk Guard. With this on your desk, nobody will ever dare pinch your pens without permission!

UNIT ALIEN ARCHIVES
Of course, if you’re going to make the Foretold Desk Guard, then you’d do well to know more about the Foretold himself by checking out the UNIT Alien Archive on the monstrous Mummy of the Orient Express.

STRAX’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
Strax will then show us the delights of Skaro, the Asylum, San Helios and the Library. If you’re planning a trip across the cosmos then check out your destination with Strax before you book your tickets!

THE PATERNOSTER GANG INVESTIGATES
Strax and Jenny go undercover as a variety act as the Paternoster Gang investigate ghostly goings on at The Palace of Wonder music hall in The Phantom of the Music Hall, a brand new three page text story.

With prizes, activities, posters and much more on offer, Doctor Who Adventures is the hottest spot in the galaxy for all Doctor Who fans aged 5-500!

Issue 2 of the new Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from 21st May at all good newsagents until 17th June priced £3.99 per copy.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Series 9 - Osgood & Zygons to Return

The BBC have confirmed that UNIT officer Osgood and the Zygons will return in a newt two-part story in the next series of Doctor Who, read on for further details:

Cruel, heartless and shocking? Having being killed by Missy (Michelle Gomez) in the show’s series eight finale Death in Heaven, the Doctor’s biggest fan and UNIT scientist Osgood, played by Ingrid Oliver, has been brought back by Steven Moffat for Doctor Who series nine.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, said, "Osgood is back, fresh from her recent murder at the end of last series. We recently confirmed that Osgood was definitely dead and not returning - but in a show about time travel, anything can happen. The brilliant Ingrid Oliver is back in action. This time though, can the Doctor trust his number one fan?"

The last time we saw Osgood as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart’s assistant was with the Twelfth Doctor during an invasion of Earth by an army of Cybermen led by a new, female incarnation of the Master. This time she’s back in action and comes face-to-face with the shape-shifting extra-terrestrial Zygons, as they also return for the new series. They last appeared in The Day of the Doctor for the show’s 50th anniversary episode.

Speaking on set, Ingrid Oliver commented on her reappearance, "As every actor who’s worked on Doctor Who will tell you, there’s always the secret hope you'll get the call asking you to come back. To actually receive that call is both unexpected and brilliant. The word ‘honour’ gets banded about a lot, but it really is, it’s an honour. Especially because I was so sure Osgood was a gonner after the last series!"

The two-part episode is currently being filmed in Cardiff and is written by Peter Harness (Doctor Who - Kill the Moon, Wallander, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell), produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Daniel Nettheim (Line of Duty, Glue).

Also joining Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and confirmed for guest roles in the double episode is Jemma Redgrave, Jaye Griffiths, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker and Aidan Cook.

Doctor Who returns this Autumn to BBC One and BBC One HD.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Torchwood - New Audio Plays from Big Finish

Big Finish - known for producing a number of Doctor Who audio plays, have recently acquired the rights to Torchwood, and are set to produce a hole new series of audio plays based on the spin off, read on for further details:

Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) returns in Torchwood, all new audio adventures based on the popular Doctor Who spin off series.

Torchwood - a clandestine organisation outside the government, beyond the police. An elite team of operatives defending Cardiff and the world from alien menaces and terrible forces, keeping the city safe from the interdimensional rift that runs through it.

Led by the irrespressible Captain Jack Harkness, former Time Agent and companion to the Doctor, this new series of stories find the Torchwood team caught up in a dangerous event which will impact their lives forever.

The series begins with The Conspiracy, released in September 2015 - and the story will continue in five further releases beginning Janurary 2016. Torchwood, the intrepid team of alien investigators, returns in a series of six audio productions, as part of a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide.

Once again, the Torchwood team will be led by the irrepressible Captain Jack, as played by John Barrowman - who broke the news of the series return on his radio show on Sunday evening.

Conceived as a spin-off from Doctor Who, Torchwood was created by Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, Cucumber, Banana, Queer as Folk) and made its debut on television in 2006. The top secret organisation Torchwood saved Cardiff (and often the world) from alien menaces and terrifying forces, trying to keep the city safe from the inter-dimensional rift that ran through it. In charge of Torchwood was Captain Jack, a man who has been called: "A companion to the Doctor, a rogue Time Agent, an immortal, a dangerous con-man, and very good at parties." Captain Jack can’t be exterminated or trusted, and there’s just no stopping him.

The new series of audio dramas will each focus on different members of the Torchwood team, exploring the impact that a mysterious event has on them. Starting off the range will be John Barrowman, who stars in The Conspiracy, a deadly thriller by David Llewellyn, which is released September 2015.

Torchwood creator Russell T Davies says: "Torchwood has been to the Moon, and America, and the Himalayas, but now I think it’s finally coming home, to the brilliance of Big Finish."

"What’s great about Torchwood is that it is as unstoppable as Captain Jack and just as persuasive," says producer James Goss. "Torchwood has been a ratings success on nearly every BBC channel, and it’s one of the few UK series to translate to America. It’s already been a series of iPlayer-topping audio plays, and we are thrilled to continue it. It’s just so exciting to be starting off the range with a drama starring John Barrowman - he leapt at the chance to display a whole new side to Captain Jack."

Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery says: "It’s fantastic that we will be bringing Captain Jack back to life (for perhaps the thousandth time!) with Big Finish. There are many new Torchwood tales to be told and I can’t wait for Jack and his team to defend the Earth once again. I am very grateful for the continuing faith that both the BBC and Russell T Davies have shown in us and very excited to enter into a new world for Big Finish."

Executive producer Nicholas Briggs says: "Torchwood is something we’ve wanted to do for ages. It has great characters and there are many stories to be told. Our mission is to bring a whole new series of dramatic adventures to life. We’re starting off with these more intimate, focused releases and will then move on to bigger casts and even wider scope. We’re very much looking forward to working with all the cast and it’s been such a pleasure liaising with Russell T Davies about this. He couldn’t have been more supportive and helpful. Our Torchwood producer, James Goss, has really hit the ground running and his tangible enthusiasm is already proving rather an inspiration to us."

THE CONSPIRACY - written by David Llewellyn, directed by Scott Handcock
Captain Jack ———– has always had his suspicions about ———–. And now ———– is also ———– about ———–. Apparently the world really is under the control of ———–. That’s what ———– says. ———– have died, disasters have been ———–, the ———– have disappeared.

It’s outrageous. Only ———– knows that ———– is right. ———– has arrived.

Cast
John Barrowman - Captain Jack Harkness
John Sessions - Wilson
Sarah Ovens - Kate
Dan Bottomley - Sam

Torchwood: The Conspiracy will be released this September, with the remaining five instalments following monthly from January 2016.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 486



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

Former showrunner Russell T Davies talks Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll in the latest edition of Doctor Who magazine. 

The man who brought Doctor Who back to TV in 2005 returns with an audio adaptation of his very first Doctor Who adventure, the 1996 novel Damaged Good. Davies tells DWM how the story influenced his reinvention of the TV series:

"It kind of shows the promise that I didn't know was there with Doctor Who. Because Doctor Who - the 'classic' Doctor Who that I grew up loving - didn't, famously, blow up the world. Invasions and monsters would tend to limit themselves to the gardens of UNIT, or a country house. It's interesting, that sequence in Damaged Goods with the train blowing up, which then led to me destroying the entire city - that kind of liberated me, and then I carried that into Doctor Who. So I was thinking 'Right, you can have a spaceship crash into Big Ben, you can do anything you like..'"

ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Damaged Goods - The Audio Version
DWM talks to the cast of the new audio of Damaged Goods, including Sylvester McCoy, Yasmin Bannerman, Michelle Collins, Denise Black, Peter Barrett, Daniel Brocklebank, Richard Hope and the script-writer of the adaptation, Jonathan Morris.

Carole Ann Ford is Taken Back in Time
Carole Ann Ford reminisces about being the Doctor's very first companion, as she looks through fascinating scrapbooks containing rare and unique clippings that were compiled by the original producer of the series, Verity Lambert.

Video Tasty
DWM reveals the history of how Doctor Who was brought to home video, and talks to the people responsible for the early releases. Plus, never-before-printed information on what the censors thought of the episodes...

Barry Newbery Remembered
A tribute to the late Barry Newbery, the man who designed many classic Doctor Who stories during the 1960s and 70s.

The Highlanders
Discover fascinating new facts about the 1966-67 Second Doctor adventure The Highlanders in The Fact of Fiction.

Doctor Who Adventures
Go behind the scenes of the children's magazine Doctor Who Adventures, as DWM chats to editor Jason Quinn about his plans for the relaunched title.

Blood and Ice
Clara sees double while the Doctor makes a chilling discovery! Blood and Ice - the brand new comic strip written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty - continues...

Steven Moffat Answers Your Questions
Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions, and talks about the casting of Game of Thrones star Masie Williams in Doctor Who.

PLUS! 
Reviews and previews; Relative Dimensions; Wotcha!; The DWM Crossword, prize-winning competitions, official news and more.

Issue 486 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 27th May priced £4.99 per copy. In other news: Jemma Redgrave has been confirmed to appear in the seventh and eighth episodes of the next series of Doctor Who as well as the opening two parter as Kate Stewart.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

The Glamour Chronicles - Covers & Details

BBC Books have revealed the covers and details of a set new Doctor Who novels featuring the Twelfth Doctor titled The Glamour Chronicles, read on for further details:

DEEP TIME - by Trevor Baxendale
The Phaeron disappeared from the universe over a million years ago. They travelled among the stars using roads made from time and space, but left only relics behind. But what actually happened to the Phaeron? Some believe they were they eradicated by a superior force… Others claim they destroyed themselves. Or were they in fact the victims of an even more hideous fate?

In the far future, humans discover the location of the last Phaeron road - and the Doctor and Clara join the mission to see where the road leads. Each member of the research team knows exactly what they’re looking for - but only the Doctor knows exactly what they’ll find. Because only the Doctor knows the true secret of the Phaeron: a monstrous secret so terrible and powerful that it must be buried in the deepest grave imaginable…

ROYAL BLOOD - by Una McCormack
The city-state of Varuz is failing. Duke Aurelian is the last of his line, his capital is crumbling, and the armies of his enemy, Duke Conrad, are poised beyond the mountains to invade. Aurelian is preparing to gamble everything on one last battle. So when a holy man, the Doctor, comes to Varuz from beyond the mountains, Aurelian asks for his blessing in the war.

But all is not what it seems in Varuz. The city-guard have lasers for swords, and the halls are lit by electric candlelight. Aurelian’s beloved wife, Guena, and his most trusted knight, Bernhardt, seem to be plotting to overthrow their Duke, and Clara finds herself drawn into their intrigue. Will the Doctor stop Aurelian from going to war? Will Clara’s involvement in the plot against the Duke be discovered? Why is Conrad’s ambassador so nervous? And who are the ancient and weary knights who arrive in Varuz claiming to be on a quest for the Holy Grail…?

BIG BANG GENERATION - by Gary Russell
Christmas 2015, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Imagine everyone’s surprise when a time portal opens up in Sydney Cove. Imagine their shock as a massive pyramid now sits beside the Harbour Bridge, inconveniently blocking Port Jackson and glowing with energy. Imagine their fear as Cyrrus "the mobster" Globb, Professor Horace Jaanson and an alien assassin called Kik arrive to claim the glowing pyramid. Finally imagine everyone’s dismay when they are followed by a bunch of con artists out to spring their greatest grift yet.

This gang consists of Legs (the sexy comedian), Dog Boy (providing protection and firepower), Shortie (handling logistics), Da Trowel (in charge of excavation and history) and their leader, Doc (busy making sure the universe isn’t destroyed in an explosion that makes the Big Bang look like a damp squib). And when someone accidentally reawakens the Ancients of Time - which, Doc reckons, wasn’t the wisest or best-judged of actions - things get a whole lot more complicated…

Doctor Who: The Glamour Chronicles are on sale from 10th September at all good book stores priced £6.99 each. In other news: Doctor Who won the BAFTA award for Special, Visual & Graphic Effects, the second time in a row for the show.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Series 9 - New Monster Revealed

The BBC have published two images that depict a new monster set to feature in the forthcoming ninth series of Doctor Who, with the following Tweet.

What’s that in the shadows? New monster about to meet Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.



Filming with the monster is currently under way in filming block three, which makes up the fifth and sixth episodes of the series. Doctor Who returns this Autumn to BBC One and BBC One HD.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who - Cover & Details

BBC Books have released the cover and details of a new Doctor Who reference book, read on for further details:

Doctor Who stories are many things: thrilling adventures, historical dramas, tales of love and war and jelly babies. They’re also science fiction - but how much of the science is actually real, and how much is really fiction?

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who is a mind-bending blend of story and science that will help you see Doctor Who in a whole new light, weaving together a series of all-new adventures, featuring every incarnation of the Doctor.

With commentary that explores the possibilities of time travel, life on other planets, artificial intelligence, parallel universes and more, Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula show how Doctor Who uses science to inform its unique style of storytelling - and just how close it has often come to predicting future scientific discoveries.

This book is your chance to be the Doctor’s companion and explore what’s out there. It will make you laugh, and think, and see the world around you differently. Because anything could be out there. And going out is the only way to learn what it is.

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who is on sale from 4th June at all good book stores priced £16.99 per copy.