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Saturday, 25 December 2010

Christmas Holiday News 2010 - Update 2

Merry Christmas, one and all! Hope you have a good one this year, so why not unwrap those presents under your tree and eat a mince pie and.... oh, yeah - watch this year´s Doctor Who Christmas special! Here´s the schedule:

DW: A Christmas Carol - 6:00pm - BBC One & BBC One HD
DWC: Christmas Special 2010 - 7:00pm - BBC Three & BBC HD

Also, in the news...

Shadows of the Vashta Nerada Adventure Game Released!
The final Doctor Who Adventure Game for 2010 has been released! Here´s the synopsis:

Shadows of the Vashta Nerada
The Doctor and Amy discover a sub-aquatic base that's been attacked by a sea monster from another world, but its crew are living in fear of something else - a voracious horror that hides in their shadows. The Vashta Nerada.

You can download the game and get other extras here. The download is free in the UK, while other countries have to pay a small fee. The Adventure Games return in 2011.

Charlie McDonnell on the Doctor Who Set
YouTube star and Doctor Who fan Charlie McDonnell was granted the chance to visit the Doctor Who set during filming for A Christmas Carol alongside the Doctor Who Confidential crew. You can find out how he got along in the videos below:



The Runner

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The TARDIS
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Christmas Lunch Bus
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The Doctor´s Badger
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Doctor Who: The Jade Pyramid Audio - Cover & Info
BBC Audio have released the cover and synopsis on a new exclusive Doctor Who audio adventure:

THE JADE PYRAMID - written by Martin Day, read by Matt Smith

Intercepting a distress call, the Tardis is drawn to a Shinto shrine in medieval Japan, where the Doctor and Amy are met by village elder Shij├┤ Sada. He explains that the ogre-like mannequins surrounding the holy site are harmless guardians, called Otoroshi.


At the heart of the temple is an ancient jade pyramid, so sacred that only the monks may look at it. But the Shogun, the ruler of Japan, wants to possess the pyramid and has ordered seven samurai and a band of soldiers to come to Kokan and seize it.

Whilst the Doctor is tracked by a ninja assassin, Amy discovers what happens to trespassers at the shrine. Soon the secrets of the jade pyramid - and the towering Otoroshi - will be known…

Doctor Who: The Jade Pyramid is on sale from 6th January 2011 priced  £9.99 per copy.

Doctor Who DVD Files - Issue 51
The cover and info on this fortnight´s edition of the Doctor Who DVD Files:

IN ISSUE 51...
Survival
Sontaran Swagger Stick
A Gift of Death
The Last Dalek
Fire and Ice
Ace's High! Interview with Sophie Aldred

Issue 51 of the Doctor Who DVD Files is on sale now at all good newsagents until 28th December priced £6.99 per copy.

Torchwood Magazine - Issue 25
The cover and info on the latest edition of Torchwood magazine:

Check out the latest action-packed edition of Torchwood Magazine for all the latest news and gossip from the Hub! This will be the last issue for the time being.

Issue highlights:
  • Captain Jack’s back - we interview John Barrowman for the first time since Children of Earth.
  • Three brand new short stories, including a Toshiko adventure by Children of Earth writer James Moran.
  • Time travel comic strip Overture from the dream team of Gary Russell and John Ridgway.
  • Top 25 Torchwood moments - you voted for them, now here are the results!
  • Torchwood Complete Comics Guide: we survey every strip.
  • Interview: John Barrowman reveals his thoughts about being Captain Jack and returning in Torchwood: The New World.
  • A brand new Toshiko Sato adventure by James Moran, with art by Adrian Salmon.
  • We talk to Eva Myles about playing Torchwood’s action mum, Gwen Cooper.
  • Owen Harper waves a ghostly tale in this new adventure by Trevor Baxendale, with art by Ben Willsher.
  • For our final issue, we take a look back at some of the most memorable things the stars said about Children of Earth.
  • A time travel adventure in the midst of the Cardiff Blitz, by Gary Russell and John Ridgway.
  • Archivist Andrew Pixley charts the development and day-by-day production of the episode that saw Owen face up to life, death and Tintin.
  • Gwen is forced to go it alone in this epic adventure by Steve Tribe and James Goss, with art by Mike Dowling.
  • In the last ever Beyond the Hub, Kate Lloyd takes a flying trip through the remaining worlds of weirdness we never quite got round to…

Issue 25 of Torchwood magazine is on sale now at all good newsagents priced £4.99 per copy.

Christmas Message from The Sarah Jane Adventures Gang!

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Tommy Knight, Danny Anthony and Anjli Mohindra from the SJA attic set wish everyone a merry Christmas from the video above. Also, details from the next series of The Sarah Jane Adventures have started to emerge:

2011 will see a new arrival at Bannerman Road which will change Sarah Jane's life forever; great guest stars including Peter Bowles, Christine Stephen-Daly and James Dreyfus; the mystery of the Man Who Never Was; powerful and even heartbreaking stories for Clyde and Rani, with fantastic new aliens, and maybe even the return of a certain mysterious parrot and his pet Shopkeeper. And although Luke's gone to Oxford, Tommy Knight will be back - not just in a cameo, appearing on the computer, but in a fully fledged adventure.

Series five of The Sarah Jane Adventures begins airing on CBBC next Autumn.

K.9: Series 1 - Volume 1 DVD - Cover & Info
The cover and synopsis have been released for the first volume of series one of K.9 on DVD:

K.9 BLASTS INTO HIS OWN LIVE ACTION SCI-FI ADVENTURE SERIES COMBINING COMEDY, ACTION AND SUSPENSE!
Originally created for the classic British sci-fi show Doctor Who in 1977, K.9 has long been an iconic television character. He was created by Bob Baker & Dave Martin, who had been long standing contributors to the show from the Jon Pertwee days through to the Tom Baker era. The robotic dog worked his way into the nation’s hearts and he made on screen come back in 2006 showing up in the David Tennant story School Reunion.

K.9 now blasts into his own sci-fi/adventure series combining comedy, action and suspense, which is being shown on shown on Five in the UK. The series combines live action and stunning visual effects and comes from his original creators Bob Baker and Dave Martin.

Synopsis
London, the near future: Orphan teenager Starkey, ultimately plans to bring down the system but for the time being he is prepared to simply slip through the cracks. He and his friend Jorjie hide out in the residence of reclusive scientist, Professor Gryffen and his errand boy Darius, who are experimenting with alien technology. The Professor blows a hole in the fabric of space/time and they are attacked by two reptilian warrior Jixen, but they are saved by a small dog-like robot, K.9, who follows the Jixen through the portal.

K.9 and Starkey, with the assistance of Jorjie, Darius and Gryffen, become the earth’s front line defence against dangers threatening from anywhere and anytime in the galaxy. They will have a lot of fun, adventure, and some scares along the way, saving the earth from alien creatures, monsters and more than a few human threats.

The K.9: Series 1 - Volume 1 DVD is on sale from 31st January 2011. A price is to be confirmed. 

ALSO...

The first episode from the last series of Doctor Who, The Eleventh Hour, has been named BBC iPlayer´s most request programme for 2010, with Part 2 of The End of Time just following at ninth place.


Twisted Media have confirmed that they´ll be creating graphics for the upcoming series of Torchwood, titled The New World:

Derek Frederickson has landed another TV series. He was just hired to work on ten episodes of Torchwood, the spin-off of the long-running Doctor Who series. Frederickson described the show as "sort of a X-Files-ish division that investigates alien and supernatural activity." Previous seasons of the show have already aired on BBC America; the new season (which will include Bill Pullman and Mekhi Phifer as series regulars) changes the setting from Wales to the U.S and will air on Starz.

"It's actually a perfect show for Twisted Media because it's aliens and sci-fi and all sorts of computers and technical, science stuff," Frederickson said. "The first script was a total page-turner, I was going nuts reading it. Being a fan of the show, too, and reading this, I'm like, 'Oh my God, I can't wait to see this on-screen.'"

Which means the next few months will be busy for both Frederickson and Tom Slattery. Torchwood begins shooting in January.

Torchwood: The New World begins broadcasting next Summer. Also, John Barrowman has claimed that the BBC and Starz are planning on making `seven years of Torchwood´. Nothing more has been confirmed.

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