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Friday, 30 December 2011

SJA: Series 5 & Series 1-5 DVD/ Blu-Ray Sets - Covers & Info

2entertain have released the covers and synopsis for The Sarah Jane Adventures series five and series one-five DVD and Blu-Ray releases:

SERIES 5 - £15.31 on DVD; £20.42 on Blu-Ray (1 disc)
All three two-part episodes from the fifth series of the highly acclaimed Doctor Who spin-off, created by the award-winning writer, Russell T Davies.

The Sarah Jane Adventures follows the adventures of one of the Doctor’s most famous former companions, investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), as she faces all manner of alien life-forms and restores Earth’s cosmic balance with the help of her young assistants Clyde (Daniel Anthony), Luke (Tommy Knight), Rani (Anjli Mohindra) and Sky (Sinead Michael). 

Two-part stories included:
Sky
The Curse of Clyde Langer
The Man Who Never Was

COMPLETE SERIES 1-5 - £71.48 on DVD (12 discs)
All two-part episodes from the first to fifth series of the Doctor Who spin-off created by the award-winning writer Russell T. Davies. 13-year-old Maria Jackson (Yasmin Paige)’s life gets a lot more exciting when she finds out she has moved right next door to one of the Doctor’s most famous former companions, investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen). Soon the young girl is comes face-to-face with all manner of alien life-forms, as she helps her new neighbour restore Earth’s cosmic balance. 

Two-part stories included:
S1: Invasion of the Bane; Revenge of the Slitheen; Eye of the Gorgon; Warriors of Kudlak; Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?; The Lost Boy

S2: The Last Sontaran; The Day of the Clown; Secrets of the Stars; The Mark of the Berserker; The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith; Enemy of the Bane

S3: Prisoner of the Judoon; The Mad Woman in the Attic; The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith; The Eternity Trap; Mona Lisa's Revenge; The Gift

S4: The Nightmare Man; The Vault of Secrets; Death of the Doctor; The Empty Planet; Lost in Time; Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith

S5: Sky; The Curse of Clyde Langer; The Man Who Never Was

Both releases are on sale from 6th February at all good DVD stores.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 249

The cover and info on this week's edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

Happy New Year!
"How cool mas your Christmas? Mine was all snow and presents and scary living trees. Then I had a nice Christmas dinner with Amy and Rory. And pudding - Mmm. Quick tip, though: don’t use a sonic to do the washing up. It smashes all the dishes! Whoops."


This week's issue comes with Dalek pencils and toppers and a surprise gift. 

Also inside…
Unit Files Reopened
Wooden King's Brain
Mega Moments - the Christmas Special
The Doctor's Guide to 2012
Humans aren’t Just for Christmas
The Doctor is Mad - in a Good Way
Monster promises 
Plus much more…

Issue 249 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 4th January priced £2.99 per copy.

DWM: Doctor Who Companion - The Eleventh Doctor, Vol. 4

The cover and info on the latest Doctor Who Companion magazine from Doctor Who magazine:

Your complete guide to the award-winning BBC One series! Written and researched by Andrew Pixley.

The 2011 season of Doctor Who began in the most dramatic way possible - by killing off the Doctor in the first episode! Unaware of his ultimate fate, the Doctor (Matt Smith) was reunited with his friends, newlyweds Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory Pond (Arthur Darvill) and together they embarked on an incredible series of adventures in time and space.

Their journey took them from the acid mines in the future to the empty world of Apalapucia, and saw encounters with Headless Monks, Handbots, living dolls… and even Adolf Hitler!

Now, Doctor Who Magazine takes you behind the scenes of these astonishing episodes with an in-depth episode guide - including original storylines, deleted scenes, media appearances, ratings information and hundreds of facts about the day-to-day life of the making of Doctor Who - all illustrated with gorgeous, never-before-seen photographs. This collectors’ edition examines The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People, A Good Man Goes to War, Let’s Kill Hitler, Night Terrors and The Girl Who Waited, as well as the specially-made Doctor Who sequence that introduced the National Television Awards

This is your essential guide to the worlds of Doctor Who. Get ready to discover a wealth of information - and remember, silence will fall...

DWM: The Doctor Who Companion - The Eleventh Doctor, Volume 4 is on sale now at all good newagents priced £4.99 per copy.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Doctor Who Monster Invasion - Issue 18

The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who Monster Invasion magazine:

IN ISSUE 18...
Top 10 Powerful Monsters
River’s Gadgets
Nephew V Prisoner Zero
Utopia
Where’s the Doctor? - Gangers Go Gaga
I is for Ironside
Alien scraps 
Plus much more…

Issue 18 of Doctor Who Monster Invasion magazine is on sale from 4th January at all good newsagents until 17th January priced £2.60 per copy.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas! - from The Ultimate Doctor Who Site

Merry Christmas, one and all! Hope you have a good one this year, so why not unwrap those presents under your tree, grab a mince pie and.... oh, yeah - watch this year´s Doctor Who Christmas special! The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe airs tonight at 7:00pm on BBC One and BBC One HD and will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer soon after.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas Eve - One Day to Go!

Today is Christmas Eve! Which means we're only one day away until the broadcast of Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe. I will have a full schedule for the Christmas extravaganza tomorrow. Happy Christmas Eve!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Doctor Who Monster Invasion - Issue 17

The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who Monster Invasion magazine:

IN ISSUE 17...
Top 10 Christmas Xhills
Astronaut Suit
Commander Strax V Auton Romans
Silence in the Library
Where’s the Doctor? - Sardick Town
I is for Idris
Royal Code 
Plusmuch more…

Issue 17 of Doctor Who Monster Invasion magazine is on sale from 21st December at all good newsagents until 3rd January priced £2.60 per copy.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Doctor Who: Amy & Rory to Leave in Series 7

Executive producer and head writer for Doctor Who Steven Moffat has confirmed that the companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams are to leave during the course of the next series and that a new companion will join the Doctor for the latter part of the series, read on for further details:

Although he didn't go into full details he revealed that Amy and Rory, played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, would depart in the next series and Matt Smith commented that everyone would miss them but noted that one of the strengths of Doctor Who is its ability to change, or as he put it, to 'regenerate'.

The audience at the Q&A released an audible gasp at the news. Amy and Rory first appeared in The Eleventh Hour, Matt Smith's full debut as the Doctor. Karen Gillan has appeared in every subsequent episode up until The Wedding of River Song and Rory achieved full companion status from 2010's A Christmas Carol. They've proven immensely popular in both the UK and overseas and already there's speculation about how they will make their farewells, but Steven Moffat would not be drawn! He did let us know, however, that the Doctor would be a getting a new 'friend' but again, he wasn't about to reveal any more details!

Steven has previously revealed that 14 new episodes have been commissioned and all will feature Matt Smith as the Time Lord. So, with coming and goings, a bumper number of episodes on the way and the 50th anniversary in 2013, the next couple of years look set to be a hugely exciting time for Doctor Who.

The final episodes featuring the Ponds are of as yet unknown. Doctor Who returns on Christmas Day with The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe at 7:00pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Doctor Who: Image of the Fendahl Figure Set - FB Exclusive


Character Options have once again released information on a new classic Doctor Who figure set - exclusive to Forbidden Planet:

Image of the Fendahl
An anachronistic twelve-million-year-old human skull has been discovered by archaeologists and is now being used by Professor Fendelman in his time scanner experiments at Fetch Priory in contemporary England. The skull is actually an artifact of the Fendahl, an ancient creature that feeds on the life force of others.

Drawn by the operation of the scanner, the Fourth Doctor and Leela arrive as the experiments reach a peak. The skull is exerting an influence over the mind of Thea Ransome, one of the scientists in Fendelman's team, and glowing with power each time the scanner is activated. Thea is eventually transformed into the Fendahl core, and a group of acolytes assembled by Maximillian Stael - another of Fendelman's team, who is trying to harness the creature's power for his own ends - are converted into snake-like Fendahleen.

The Doctor shows the remaining scientist, Adam Colby, and two locals, Martha Tyler and her son Jack, how to defend themselves against the Fendahleen using rock salt. By activating the scanner once more, he triggers an implosion that destroys both the Priory and the Fendahl core.

Contents:
1x Leela figure
1 x Fendhaleen (Adult)
1 x Fendhaleen (Infant)
1 x Skull
1 x Stand

The Image of the Fendahl figure set is on sale from 23rd December exclusively at Forbidden Planet stores priced £34.99 per purchase.

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 248

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

"Have you been good this year? Then you might just get the coolest present - my most Christmassy Christmas episode yet!"

"It’s got everything - snow (brrr!), presents (a strange and dangerous one!), and it wouldn’t be Christmas without monsters; wahoo! Or do I mean 'waaah'?"


This week issue comes with a terrific 2012 calendar, Doctor mask, stickers, gift tags, a make you own Weeping Angel for the top of the tree and a Christmas card from the Doctor.

Also inside…
Children in Tweed
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
S’no Angel
Monsters of Christmas past
10 Things you Might Not Know about the Doctor at Christmas
Dear Santa Claws
Wait Until Morning 
Christmas comes early
 Plus much more

Issue 248 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from tomorrow at all good newsagents until 28th December priced £2.99 per copy.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

DW: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe - New Trailer

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The BBC have released a new trailer advertising the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, you can watch it above. Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe broadcasts on Christmas Day at 7:00pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

DW: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe DVD/Blu-Ray - Cover & Info

2entertain have revealed the covers and synopsis for the DVD and Blu-Ray releases of this year's Doctor Who Christmas special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe:

It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.

He promises to repay her kindness - all she has to do is make a wish.

Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.

The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…

Extras:
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe Prequel
3 The Best of Doctor Who features

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe is on sale from 16th January 2012 at all good DVD stores priced £9.99 on DVD format and £11.99 on Blu-Ray format.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe - Prequel & Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 247

The BBC have released the prequel to upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special The Doctor, the Widow and Wardrobe online via the official Doctor Who website, you can watch it below:

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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe will broadcast on Christmas Day at 7:00pm on BBC One and BBC One HD. Also: The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

"Happy Christmas Day, everybody! Isn’t it great? Oh, I forgot. You’re not there yet. Sorry! I just couldn’t malt, so I’ve hopped forward in time. The look on your face when you opened that present! Priceless. In fact, I’m going to go and do it all again, right now. See you there!"


This weeks issue comes with a giant pen and has some amazing prizes to win every day. 

Also inside…
Meet Matt Smith
10 Things You Might Not Now about the Tardis
Say What?
Celestial Bodies
River's Diary
The Atomon invasion
Treason and plot 
Plus much more…

Issue 247 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from 8th December at all good newsagents until 14th December priced £2.20 per copy.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Doctor Who Monster Invasions - Issue 16

The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who Monster Invasion magazine:

IN ISSUE 16...
Top 10 Cunning Monsters
Sonic Lipstick
Royal Guards V Handbots
Victory of the Daleks
Where’s the Doctor? - Starship UK
H is for Hath
Plus much more 

Issue 16 of Doctor Who Monster Invasion magazine is on sale from 7th December at all good newsagents until 20th December priced £2.60 per copy.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 246

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

"Hey, you! You sitting at the back! Yes, you lot, who are sneakily reading this in class! Your teacher is really a Hive Monster from Framasis Major and she’s going to eat you before break time!"

"Quick! Run! Pheui - that was close! Let’s hope none of the rest of you have omnivorous teachers…"



This weeks issue comes with a mobile phone kit (phone sock, lanyard and screen wipe) and has some amazing prizes to win every day.


Also inside…

How to Survive an Alien Invasion
The Ultimate Quiz
Tardis Scanner
Draw this Sontaran
Harvest of Doom
Sneaky Secrets of The Doctor's Wife
My Monster Day
Plus much more

Issue 246 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from tomorrow at all good newsagents  until 7th December priced £2.20 per copy. In other news: The BBC Media Centre have confirmed that this year's Doctor Who Christmas special will broadcast at 7:00pm on Christmas Day.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

New Doctor Who Themed Radio Times Cover

The current issue of Radio Times magazine features a Doctor Who themed cover promoting the upcoming Christmas special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, read on for further details:

The new issue of Radio Times, on sale this weekend and covering listings for 3-9 December, features a snowy Doctor Who cover, and a sneak preview of the new Christmas special. Inside, Matt Smith, Alexander Armstrong, Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir talk about making the Christmas episode.

Inside, Matt Smith previews the special: “Whereas last year felt more like a Christmas romp, there’s a slow-burning, ethereal magic to this. We’ve covered a whole forest in snow. The scale is vast and there’s just something wonderfully magical about it because it’s never that snowy in this country, except maybe in Scotland … and on the telly. It does it for you: all the snow and the lovely smell of the pine trees. I’m really, really looking forward to Christmas now.”

Matt also speaks about pulling off his own fiery stunt: “Believe me, the fireball does so much of the acting for you. It was only afterwards that I realised I could have been seriously charred.
“I’ve been really enjoying it. Hopefully we’ll see more action/adventure-y Doctor next season.” and that the Christmas special monster is “going to be ones of our best. The design is classic.”

Bill Bailey describes his Who debut as “the equivalent of a knighthood.”

This issue of Radio Times magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 2nd December priced £1.20 per copy.

Friday, 25 November 2011

DW: The Keeper of Traken Figure Set - FB Exclusive

Character Options have revealed their latest classic Doctor Who figure set, exclusive to Forbidden Planet:

The Fourth Doctor and Adric learn from the wizened Keeper of Traken that a great evil has come to his planet in the form of a Melkur - a calcified statue. The Keeper is nearing the end of his reign and seeks the Doctor’s help in preventing the evil from taking control of the bioelectronic Source that is the keystone of the Traken Union’s civilisation.

The Melkur, via various deceptions, becomes the next Keeper. It is then, however, revealed to be the Master’s Tarfid. Its owner, still blackened and emaciated, hopes to use the Source’s power to regenerate himself. The Doctor manages to expel him and install a new Keeper in his place, but in a last minute ploy the Master traps one of the Traken Consuls, Tremas, and merges with his body before fleeing the planet.

Contents:
The Fourth Doctor in Waistcoat 
The Master Decayed
The Melkur Statue action figure.
Master’s Tardis as a Grandfather Clock
Source Manipulator Sphere accessory

The set is on sale from 15th December exclusively at Forbidden Planet stores priced £39.99 per purchase.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Doctor Who: Series 6 Soundtrack - Cover & Info

Silva Screen have revealed the cover and tracklist for the soundtrack to the sixth series of Doctor Who:

DISC ONE
01. I Am the Doctor in Utah
02. 1969
03. The Impossible Astronaut
04. Trust Me
05. Help is On its Way
06. Another Perfect Prison
07. Greystark Hall
08. Apollo 11
09. Day of the Moon
10. I See You Silence
11. You’re a Dead Man
12. Deadly Siren
13. Perfect Reflection
14. All For One
15. The Curse of the Black Spot
16. I’ve Got Mail
17. My TARDIS
18. Run, Sexy
19. Locked On
20. The Chemical Castle
21. Which One is the Flesh?
22. Scanning Me
23. Ransacked
24. Always With the Rory
25. Double Doctor
26. Tell Me the Truth
27. Loving Isn’t Knowing (The Almost People Suite)
28. River’s Waltz
29. Pop
30. Tell Me Who You Are
31. Melody Pond

DISC TWO
01. Growing Up Fast
02. The Blush of Love
03. Terror of the Reich
04. The British are Coming
05. A Very Unusual Melody
06. When a River Forms
07. Pay Attention Grown Ups
08. The Enigma of River Song
09. Bedtime For George
10. Tick Tock Round the Clock
11. A Malevolent Estate
12. Night Terrors
13. Apalapucia
14. 36 Years
15. Lost in the Wrong Stream
16. The Hotel Prison
17. Room of Your Dreams
18. Fear Enough
19. What’s Left to be Scared of?
20. Rita Praises
21. Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All
22. Definitely Going
23. Over Your Shoulder
24. Ladieswear
25. Fragrance
26. My Time is Running Out
27. Tick Tock (Vocal Track)
28. 5:02 PM
29. The Head of an Enemy
30. My Silence
31. Brigadier Lethbridge - Stewart
32. Forgiven
33. Time is Moving
34. The Wedding of River Song
35. The Majestic Tale (of a Madman in a Box)

The Doctor Who series six soundtrack is on sale from 19th Decembet at all good CD stores priced £11.99 per copy.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Doctor Who - 48 Years On...

48 years ago to this day, the first ever Doctor Who episode, An Unearthly Child, broadcasted for the first time on BBC Television. 48 years on, and the show as produced 32 successful series consisting of over 200 stories within 783 episodes, 1 movie and 5 animations, as well as a bunch of mini-episodes well and 4 spin-off shows. Next up in the series is The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe -  coming this Christmas to BBC One and BBC One HD.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, DOCTOR WHO

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 245

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

"I love Christmas. Even present shopping isn’t a problem for me, thanks to the Tardis!"

"I just do it all next January, so I already know what I gave to my mates, and if they liked whatever it was I gave them. Or not. Usually not. As for cool Christmas TV, have a sneaky peek at page 6!"


This week issue comes with an advent calendar and 4 mega Who games, Dalek War, Tardis twister, Who battle and a board game with dice and counters.

Also in this issue…
Night Time Scares
Christmas Secrets Blabbed
Dalek Doku
10 Things You Might Not Know about Sontarans
Dog of War
Destination 1941
Making stormcage 
Plus much more

Issue 245 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from 24th November at all good newsagents until 30th November priced £2.99 per copy.

DW: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe - Synopsis

The BBC Media Centre has released the synopsis for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special:

THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE - by Steven Moffat
It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.

He promises to repay her kindness - all she has to do is make a wish.

Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.

The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe will broadcast Christmas Day on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 441

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

It’s not quite Christmas, but Doctor Who Magazine issue 441 is offering a modest hint at what’s in store with an exclusive, in-depth interview with producer Marcus Wilson!

“It’s Christmas turned up to 12. It’s the most Christmassy Christmas Special we’ve ever seen. It’s a lovely, heart-warming, touching tale. It’s literally magical. It’s full of the usual concoction of things that spew out of Steven’s imagination. You’re going, ‘How can you have that and that in the same story?’ – and yet it works…”

ALSO THIS ISSUE:

HOLDING THE BABY
DWM
talks to Closing Time director, Steve Hughes, who reveals the secrets of turning a department store into a haunted house, giving the Cybermats teeth, and defending the honour of Adric!

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
DWM
goes behind the scenes of Serpend Crest, AudioGO’s latest series of audio dramas featuring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, and talks exclusively to David Troughton - who joins the cast to take on his father’s role as the Second Doctor!

HERE’S TO THE FUTURE!
Executive producer Steven Moffat writes about experiencing Christmas in the snow, his plans for Doctor Who in 2012, and the series’ 50th anniversary, in Production!

SCHOOL WINNERS!
DWM
joins the crew of Doctor Who Confidential and visits the pupils of Oakley Junior School to meet MATT SMITH and watch their winning entry for the Script to Screen competition, Death is the Only Answer - featuring Albert Einstein and an Ood!

AND THE WINNERS ARE…
The results of the DWM merchandise poll for the most popular books, audios, and DVDs of 2010 are revealed at last - along with your views on DWM itself!

SHOCK RETURN
The Fact of Fiction is filled with fascinating facts and sinister Cybermen, as it focuses its attention on the much-loved Fifth Doctor adventure from 1982, Earthshock!

LET’S HAVE A PARTY… OR NOT?
As the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who approaches in 2013, how best to mark the occasion - celebrate the past with a multi-Doctor extravaganza or pave the way to the future with something new, original and completely unexpected? There’s only one way to decide… get debating duo Toby Hadoke and Johnny Candon to argue the toss in A Battle of Wits!

THE CHILD OF TIME
The Doctor, Amy and Alan Turing face their ultimate encounter with the time-twisting Chiyoko in the thrilling climax to the Eleventh Doctor’s latest comic-strip adventure, The Child of Time by Jonathan Morris with art by Martin Geraghty!

GOING FOURTH
It’s the season that saw the return of the Daleks, the Cybermen and the Sontarans… and the very first appearance of Davros! Discover more as DWM’s Countdown to 50 looks back at 1974/5’s Series Twelve and the d├ębut of Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor.

IT’S ALL BEEN FANTASTIC!
The Time Team shed a tear as they reach the end of the Ninth Doctor era with The Parting of the Ways - what will Emma, Michael, Chris and Will make of the Time Lord’s encounter with the Dalek Emperor and the Bad Wolf?

PLUS! 
All the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more!

Issue 441 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale now at all good newsagents until 14th December priced £4.50 per copy.

Friday, 18 November 2011

First Trailer & Title Revealed for 2011 Christmas Special

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The first trailer for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special was shown on BBC Children in Need earlier this evening, you can watch it above. The title was also revealed, which is (highlight gap below to reveal spoiler)

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

The Doctor Who 2011 Christmas special will broadcast on Christmas Day on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is yet to be confirmed.

BBC Children in Need - Tonight!

BBC Children in Need 2011 is to air it's seven-hour long live TV broadcast from BBC Television Centre tonight from 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD. Features of the evening include:

On November 18th, BBC Children in Need’s annual Appeal Night returns. Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton and Alesha Dixon will present one of television’s biggest nights of the year, live from BBC Television Centre. 

In an appeal with more associated programming than ever before, this will see the high point of the 2011 campaign. TV’s biggest names will give their all with a massive array of sketches, musical acts, live guests and plenty of glamour. 

One Direction will open the Appeal Night programme, with music guests including JLS, Westlife, Susan Boyle and specially formed for Children in Need The Collective (featuring Gary Barlow, Ed Sheeran, Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk, Ms. Dynamite, Tulisa, Wretch 32, Rizzle Kicks, Mz Bratt, Dot Rotten and Labrinth) with the Children in Need single "Teardrop".

Kylie Minogue, Daniel Craig, Jessie J, Cheryl Cole, Zoe Ball and EastEnders’ Jo Joyner will all make appeal film contributions; Lord Sugar will enter the Dragons’ Den in The Dragons’ Apprentice and there’ll be sketches from Vic & Bob and a special edition of Russell Howard’s Good News.

The cast of EastEnders will rock Albert Square as The Vic does Queen, the cast of Hollyoaks will appear live in the studio, and there will be a performance of "Hey Hey We’re the Monkees" from the Outnumbered kids and Gok Wan will also be singing his own number. The Muppets will lead an all-star version of the classic song "Manah, Manah" with Miss Piggy and Kermit joined by a cast ranging from Harry Hill and Davina McCall to Gary Lineker and Alan Hansen.

In a cornerstone of the evening, Gareth Malone will lead a 10-strong choir who will link up live with 3,000 children from all over the UK including Bristol, Leeds, the West Midlands, Glasgow, Manchester, Cornwall, Cardiff, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, South East Kent, London, Hull, Norwich, Southampton, Newcastle and Leicester. 

The Newsreaders - Emily Maitlis, Sophie Raworth, Susanna Reid and Sian Williams - try their hand at ballroom and face Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood with their own Strictly Challenge. Nick Knowles will be in the studio for DIYSOS: The Big Build to celebrate their biggest makeover to date, and there’ll be an exclusive sneak peek at the Doctor Who Christmas special. The casts of Rock of Ages and The Wizard of Oz will also be live in the studio. 

There will be regional opt-outs so that each part of the nation can see what’s happening in their area to support BBC Children in Need.

Viewers across Northern Ireland will be treated to a fantastic night of entertainment including stories from local children and young people who have been supported by the charity and the fun and unusual ways in which local people have been raising money to make a difference this year. 

BBC Scotland will be hosting its Children in Need extravaganza live from its headquarters at Pacific Quay, presented by Jackie Bird in front of an audience of fundraisers. Along with a variety of top class comedians and performers, a special choir made up of children from all over Scotland will be singing on the night, with all the performances shown in a special highlights programme to go out on Saturday 19th November. 

BBC Cymru Wales will be broadcasting live from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff for this year’s appeal in Wales, hosted by Wales Today presenters Lucy Owen and Jamie Owen. Singing live on the night will be a Welsh choir made up of boys and girls aged 11-13 from schools in Cardiff and Newport. They’ll be ready to wow viewers at home as they link-up with choirs from around the UK, coming together under the baton of choirmaster Gareth Malone. 

Throughout the evening and for a highlights programme on Saturday 19 November, well-known Welsh personalities including Rhod Gilbert, Eve Myles, Connie Fisher and Colin Jackson will be showing how people’s money helps make a difference for disadvantaged children and young people in Wales.

There’ll be totaliser updates of the growing appeal total throughout the evening as the nation pulls together to support disadvantaged children throughout the UK. 

As well as a preview of the Christmas special, Doctor Who fans are treated also with the title of the episode, a mini sketch starring Matt Smith and news of a competition auction for Children in Need where you could win the Eleventh Doctor's costume, more info can be found here

Thousands of children around the UK are living in poverty, dealing with difficult lives and being abused, could you help them? Please, call 0345 7 33 22 33 to donate money to Children in Need. For more details and to donate online, head over to the official Children in Need website here.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Latest News from Doctor Who!

FIRST IMAGE FROM 2011 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL RELEASED
The BBC have released the first promotional image for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, click here to download it. The title of the special is to be revealed on BBC Children in Need tomorrow night when a sneak peek of the special will be shown. The Doctor Who Christmas special will broadcast Christmas Day 2011 on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is yet to be confirmed.

DOCTOR WHO ON CHILDREN IN NEED
More details have come to light on what to expect on BBC Children in Need tonight tomorrow evening for Doctor Who fans. As well as a sneak peek of this year's Christmas special, fans will be treated to a mini sketch written by Steven Moffat for Children in Need, as well as the chance to win the Eleventh Doctor's constume worn in The Doctor Wife earlier this year. Read on for more info:

Fans of Doctor Who will get the chance to own a little piece of the Eleventh Doctor today, as BBC Children in Need auctions off an entire costume from the hit BBC One show - from bow tie and braces to the infamous tweed jacket. 

Matt Smith was at BBC Television Centre today filming a special sketch for BBC Children in Need written by Steven Moffat, to be shown during the appeal show on Friday evening. Viewers will get to see just what happens when the Doctor gives bidders the chance to take the clothes off his back...

Matt Smith said: "I hope people donate generously for BBC Children in Need because it's a wonderful cause- and we've got to beat last year's total. I saw Terry Wogan on TV the other night, and thought come on! Let's make more money! So hopefully we can raise a good amount. 

"I'd say the tweed jacket or the bow-tie are the most iconic - although the boots are my personal favourite." 

Throughout the years, the costumes worn by the many incarnations of the Doctor have been as distinctive as the characters themselves. The highest bidder will be the proud owner of the distinguished time traveller's outfit from the episode The Doctor's Wife, including this tweed jacket, shirt, black jeans, black boots, braces, bow-tie and watch.
The auction for the Doctor's clothes, and a copy of the script written by Steven Moffat and signed by Matt Smith from the specially filmed sketch, are part of BBC Children in Need's Once in a Lifetime online auction being held at www.bbc.co.uk/Pudsey. The auction closes on Monday 21st November.

On the Appeal Night, the title of this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special will be revealed and viewers will be treated to an exclusive sneak peek of the festive adventures in store for the Doctor. 

BBC Children in Need broadcasts live on BBC Television Centre tomorrow at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD, more info coming soon.

MONSTER INVASION - ISSUE 15
The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who Monster Invasion magazine:

IN ISSUE 15...
Top 10 Who Weapons
The Pandorica
Judoon V Madame Vastra
Night Terrors
Where’s the Doctor? - Vespiform World
*H is for headless Monks
Plus much more…

Issue 15 of Doctor Who Monster Invasion magazine is on sale from 23rd November at all good newsagents until 29th November priced £2.60 per copy. In other news: the new issue of Doctor Who magazine has confirmed that some classic series Doctor Who monsters are to appear in the next series.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Doctor Who Character Building: Temporal Combat Set

Character Building have revealed a new toy set for their Doctor Who range of buildable sets and figures:

Temporal Combat Set
Time is fractured!…and now the Vortex is being invaded by the Doctor’s arch enemies the Daleks and the Cybermen! Using stolen Time technology, they could do untold damage to Time itself, so the Doctor with his companions by his side must venture into the Vortex to find and stop them. Each Enemy is protected by a bubble of Temporal shielding made up of four shields. 

When all four shields are knocked down the enemy is thrown back out of the Vortex to their own time and space… but… the Doctor is also using the same technology and can also be knocked out of Time. Use Dalek and Cyberman weaponry to fire bolts of time energy at your opponents’ Temporal Shields to knock them down one by one. 

When the Shields are gone the enemy is eliminated. Cyberman Blaster and Dalek Exterminator versions are available. Each pack includes one spring loaded blaster weapon, one micro-figure, and one Temporal Shield. 10 variations to collect. One supplied. Styles may vary. For ages 5 years and over. 

The toy set is on sale early next year at all good toy stores priced £14.99 per purchase.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 244

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

"Brrr, chilly, isn’t it? You’re stuck on Earth in late November and it’s dark and wintry. Luxury!"

"I’m on the cold moon Enceladus, where the ice volcanoes - icecanoes - blast out snow that stinks like bad eggs."

"And it’s not easy to read Doctor Who Adventures while also holding your nose. Just you give it a try!"


This week issue comes with 5 yucky slime posts…

Also in this issue…
Happy Birthday Doctor Who!
Meet all the Doctors
Matt Smith Q&A
The Cyberking
Rivers Diary
The Frankenstein Particle
Green Screen Secrets 
Plus much more…

Issue 244 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from 17th November at all good newsagents until 23rd November priced £2.50 per copy.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Doctor Who Movie in the Works?

Online sources are indicating that a Doctor Who movie is in the works and is to be directed by David Yates, who previously directed the latter four Harry Potter films, read on for more details:

Harry Potter director David Yates is teaming up with the BBC to turn its iconic sci-fi TV series Doctor Who into a bigscreen franchise. 

Yates, who directed the last four Potter films, told Daily Variety that he is about to start work on developing a Doctor Who movie with Jane Tranter, head of L.A.-based BBC Worldwide Prods. 

"We're looking at writers now. We're going to spend two to three years to get it right," he said. "It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena." 

Doctor Who follows the adventures across space and time of a super-intelligent alien in human form, who battles a variety of cosmic bad guys aided by plucky human companions. 

"The notion of the time-travelling Time Lord is such a strong one, because you can express story and drama in any dimension or time," Yates said. 

The series ran from 1963 to 1989, and then was successfully rebooted in 2005 by writer Russell T. Davies and subsequently by Steven Moffat (The Adventures of Tintin). Tranter oversaw the revival when she was the BBC's drama topper in London. 

Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith as the 11th incarnation of the Doctor, is now one of the pubcaster's most lucrative global TV franchises. The series airs Stateside on BBC America

Yates made clear that his movie adaptation would not follow on from the current TV series, but would take a completely fresh approach to the material. 

"Russell T. Davies and then Steven Moffat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic, but we have to put that aside and start from scratch," he said. 

Yates and Tranter are looking for writers on both sides of the Atlantic. "We want a British sensibility, but having said that, Steve Kloves wrote the Potter films and captured that British sensibility perfectly, so we are looking at American writers too," he explained. 

There are two previous films, based on the TV series: Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965) and Doctor Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966), both starring Peter Cushing. 

The BBC has since made a few unsuccessful attempts to develop a Doctor Who feature, and shot a one-off telepic in 1996 at a time when the TV series was dormant. 

But the combination of Yates and Tranter means this is the most high-powered effort to date to launch Doctor Who onto the bigscreen. 

Before directing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Yates worked with Tranter on several BBC TV series, including The Way We Live Now and State of Play.

As stated above, the movie would be an entire reboot from the TV show and apparently it would take over three years to develop the movie before filming would even commence. In other news: According to the BBC Doctor Who Twitter account, more then just a clip/ trailer of this year's Doctor Who Christmas special is to be shown on Children in Need Night this Friday, and that "Doctor Who fans are in for a treat", teasing that maybe a new mini episode is to be shown.