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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year's Eve! - from The Ultimate Doctor Who Site

Another year is nearly done and dusted, as 2013 - the year of the greatest show in the universe - draws to a close. Highlights for the year included the second half of the seventh series of Doctor Who, which dove into the mystery of Clara Oswald, 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor which celebrated a milestone for Doctor Who before Matt Smith bowed out as the Eleventh Doctor on Christmas Day in The Time of the Doctor. Enjoy your new year celebrations tonight, as 2014 is just around the corner...

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas! - from The Ultimate Doctor Who Site

Its that time of year again to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and enjoy a day of opening presents, joining family and friends for Christmas dinner, and of course, watching the annual Doctor Who Christmas special.

The Time of the Doctor - the last to feature Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor - will broadcast tonight at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD, read on for the synopsis:

THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR - by Steven Moffat
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them - the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.

The episode will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer soon after broadcast. Doctor Who will return later next year with its eighth series, starring the new Twelfth Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

The Time of the Doctor - Clip 3

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The BBC have released a  third clip from the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special The Time of the Doctor, you can view it above. The episode is to broadcast on Christmas Day tomorrow at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Happy Christmas Eve! - from The Ultimate Doctor Who Site

It's December 24th - Christmas Eve, with only one day to go until the big day! So enjoy tonight's pre-celebrations and get ready for Christmas Day and the annual Doctor Who Christmas special, as The Time of the Doctor - the last episode featuring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor - is to broadcast tomorrow at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Monday, 23 December 2013

The Time of the Doctor - 2 New Clips

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The BBC have released two new clips from the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special The Time of the Doctor, you can watch one above and one below:

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Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor will broadcast Christmas Day at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Series 8 - Paternoster Gang Sonic Devices Revealed

Blue Peter have announced the winners and design of the Patermoster Gang (Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax) Sonic devices, set to appear in the next series of Doctor Who, read on for further details:

Madame Vastra - Sonic Hat Pin
Amber’s winning device for Madame Vastra was a Sonic Hat Pin that works as a remote control for her carriage, but can also turn into a sonic sword that increases in size with the flick of a special switch.

Steven Moffat said: "The Sonic Hat Pin is a glorious idea. It can actually summon her carriage just by plucking it out of her hat, and she can lock it as well. It’s funny, it makes absolute sense and it’s got a little dinosaurs feather in it, which sells it to me."

Jenny Flint - Sonic Gauntlet
Connor designed a Sonic Gauntlet for use by Jenny Flint. His intricate gauntlet design included a tumbler to make locks fall apart, a radioactivity measurer and receiver dish and a watch that shows the conductivity of metal in a lock.

Judge Steven Moffat said that Connor’s design was a multi-purpose toolkit that fits in your arm and can do a whole manner of things: "We love this because it looks really cool; it looks quite steam punk - it looks Victorian, but looks technological at the same time and I can just imagine Jenny Flint when she goes out in the morning needing something like that on her arm."

Strax - Sonic Lorgnette
Arthur’s design was a Sonic Lorgnette - a pair of handheld eyeglasses - for Commander Strax. It includes an x-ray lens for seeing inside people and objects, a thermal lens for detecting people and a sonic light.

Steven Moffat said that this was a beautiful design which was perfect for Strax: "You feel you want to pick it up and hold it, but it’s also about the other side of his life because - of course - Strax is a nurse and this allows him to examine his patients and see what’s wrong with them. I think it will be very funny seeing Strax’s big clumsy hands holding that."

The devices are set to feature in series eight of Doctor Who, which filming will begin for in January before it premieres in Autumn 2014. Doctor Who will, however, return on Christmas Day in The Time of the Doctor - the last to feature Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor - at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

The Time of the Doctor - DVD & Blu-ray Covers & Details

BBC DVD have revealed the covers and details of the release of the Doctor Who 2013 Christmas special The Time of the Doctor onto DVD and Blu-ray, which also includes the 2010-2012 Christmas specials featuring the Eleventh Doctor, read on for further details:

This must-have release for fans of Matt Smith’s incarnation of the Doctor will also feature for the first time in one box his other Christmas specials from throughout his four years in the role.

THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them - the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe. 

EXTRAS
Behind the Lens
Tales from the Tardis
Farewell to Matt Smith

ALSO INCLUDED
2010 Christmas Special: A Christmas Carol
2011 Christmas Special: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
2012 Christmas Special: The Snowmen

The Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor & Other Eleventh Doctor Christmas Specials set is on sale from 20th January 2014 priced £13.99 on DVD format and £17.49 on Blu-ray format.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The Time of the Doctor - Trailer 2

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A second trailer promoting the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special The Time of the Doctor is currently airing on BBC America in the United States in between show breaks, you can watch it above. Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor will broadcast Christmas Day at 9:00pm/8C on BBC America in the U.S and 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD in the UK.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 468

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

Doctor Who magazine joins in the festive spirit with a bumper-sized 100-page Christmas issue, previewing The Time of the Doctor and celebrating a landmark…

To celebrate the fact that Christmas Day will see the broadcast of the 800th episode of Doctor Who, the mag comes complete with a HUGE double sided-poster - one side celebrating Matt Smith’s years as the Doctor, and the other featuring images from every single episode - all 800 of them! - since the series began.

ALSO IN ISSUE 468...
  • The Time of the Doctor - a preview of the Christmas Special, with exclusive new photographs.
  • Steven Moffat talks exclusively to DWM in an in-depth interview.
  • The life and times of Doctor Who’s first writer, Anthony Coburn.
  • DWM tells the previously unknown story of one of the men instrumental in the creation of Doctor Who: CE ‘Bunny’ Webber.
  • The DWM Review of 2013.
  • The Watcher’s Guide to the Eleventh Doctor.
  • A look back at the Doctor Who Celebration at the ExCeL.
  • A Christmas Carol - an in-depth guide to Matt Smith’s first Chrismas Special.
  • Production Notes - showrunner Steven Moffat talks candidly about the biggest day of his career.
  • Pay the Piper: Part 1 - a brand new comic strip.
  • Author Jacqueline Rayner looks back on Doctor Who’s Christmas past.
  • The Time Team watch 2007′s Voyage of the Damned.
  • The Watcher’s Fiendishly Festive Christmas Quiz!
  • Competitions, puzzles, and much more!

Issue 468 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 8th January 2014 priced £5.99 per copy.

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 335

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

Doctor Who Adventures’ Christmas issue is packed with festive fun! There’s an exciting preview of the Christmas special episode, loads of Doctor Who facts, top 10 festive frights, a special Christmas comic, a Blippar feature to watch their comic artist draw the Doctor, fun puzzles, drawing challenges, quizzes and terrifying posters.

Plus, it comes with free Alien Attax cards and a free exclusive Dalek Card, only available in Doctor Who Adventures magazine!

Issue 335 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale now at all good newsagents until 30th December priced £2.99 per copy.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Time of the Doctor - Trailer

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A new trailer advertising the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special The Time of the Doctor is currently airing on various BBC channels in between show breaks, you can watch it above. Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor will broadcast Christmas Day at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Character Building - New Series & Display Brix Boxes

Character Options have revealed their next series of Doctor Who Character Building micro-figures, which now come in a blind display brix box, read on for further details:

Collect, build and now display your Doctor Who micro-figure collection with Character Building micro-figure Display Brix. There are 12 highly detailed and fully articulated Doctor Who micro-figures to collect featuring key characters from the hit TV show.

Each constructable Doctor Who micro-figure is sealed within a large building brick so you never know which character you are going to get! Simply construct your micro-figure and place it inside the transparent Display Brix for all your friends to see.

Build amazing towers and huge displays of micro-figures by stacking the Display Brix on top of each other. You can even combine Display Brix with any building brick or playset so you can have hours of building fun! Collect’em, build’em, display’em!

The new series Doctor Who Character Building mirco-figures are on sale later this month at all good toystores priced £1.99 each.

Monday, 9 December 2013

The Time of the Doctor & Series 8 - Latest Info

A round-up of the latest news regarding the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special and the show's next series:

ELEVENTH DOCTOR IN HIS FINAL BODY
In an interview with Radio Times, Steven Moffat revealed that the Doctor is actually in his thirteenth and final body as a Time Lord, saying "We’ll find out that Matt Smith is actually the Thirteenth Doctor. Although everyone knows that the Doctor can only regenerate twelve times."

Moffat states that the existence of the meta-crisis Tenth Doctor from the series four final Journey's End from a semi-regeneration and the War Doctor from The Day of the Doctor have meant that the Doctor has now used up all of his lives. "The twelve regenerations limit is a central part of Doctor Who mythology - science fiction is all about rules, you can’t just casually break them. So if the Doctor can never change again, what’s Peter Capaldi doing in the Christmas special?"

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor will broadcast Christmas Day at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

SERIES 8 NOT TO BE SPLIT
At the Eleventh Doctor BFI celebration last night, Steven Moffat has confirmed that series eight, the first to feature Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, will not be split into two different broadcast times - a pattern that was used for Doctor Who's sixth and seventh series - and instead have an uninterrupted run. The series - said to feature "at least" thirteen episodes - begins filming next month and will premiere Autumn 2014 on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The Time of the Doctor - New Promo

The BBC have released the 'movie poster' promo image advertising the upcoming Doctor Who 2013 Christmas special The Time of the Doctor, you can view it above. Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor will broadcast Christmas Day at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

The Other Doctor Action Figure - FP Exclusive

Character Options have revealed details of a new 5" Doctor Who action figure, exclusive to Forbidden Planet, read on for further details:

THE OTHER DOCTOR
As seen in the 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor, the ‘Other Doctor’ is the Doctor’s dark chapter, a hitherto unknown incarnation whose existence he has spent centuries repressing, a secret he wants no one to know of.

He is a relic of the past, part of the great Time War, when he spent centuries fighting alongside his fellow Time Lords against the Daleks and made the final decision to end it with a desperate act that cost that incarnation the right to use the name “Doctor”. This haunted and battle-worn Other Doctor is finally forgiven after helping find a new solution to end the war, giving the Eleventh Doctor a new purpose as he heads into further adventures.

Accessories
Sonic Screwdriver
The Moment Box
Swappable 8th Doctor's Head

The Other Doctor action figure is on sale from 28th February 2014 exclusively at Forbidden Planet stores priced £14.99 per purchase.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The Day of the Doctor - Most Watched Drama of 2013

The BBC have released the official viewing figures for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, read on for further details:

The 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who has topped the chart as the most watched drama in 2013, as confirmed by consolidated figures released today. 

12.8 million have now watched The Day of the Doctor since its premier on 23rd November, with an additional 2.9 million requests so far on BBC iPlayer.  The one off special is the most requested programme ever on iPlayer in 24 hours with 1.27 million requests, beating the Olympic opening ceremony, and is also the most tweeted about drama ever generating 442,692 tweets.

Starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt, the 75 minute BBC Cymru Wales produced special was seen on BBC One by 10.2 million overnight, with a peak of 10.6 million. 

Writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said:  "A stellar rating for the Doctor's birthday. And since it doesn't include online catch-up, or indeed the rest of the world, it's only the end of part one!"

The episode was also shown in 834 cinemas around the world and now holds the record for the largest worldwide TV drama simulcast, airing in 94 countries across 6 continents.

Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama, added: "The Doctor Who 50th was a hugely ambitious event on the BBC and it's only fitting that it has taken the top spot as the highest rating drama across all channels this year.  It's a fantastic tribute to both Steven Moffat and the creativity of all those involved in the show throughout its history.  Next stop the regeneration at Christmas!"

The drama generated 442,692 tweets with the conversation peaking at 12,939 tweets per minute during the opening moments of the broadcast - these stats are measured for the half an hour before, duration and for the half an hour after the programme airs. 

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor is available to buy now on DVD and Blu-ray, more information on that can be found in a previous post. In other news: The BBC have confirmed that start time of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special as 7:30pm, which will air Christmas Day on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Series 8 - New Companion to Join?

In the heat of the upcoming 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special and the on-going pre-production of series eight, there have been persistent rumours about a new male companion to join the Twelfth Doctor and Clara in the next series of the show.

The supposed new companion - known only as Tom as of current - has already made a brief appearance in the recent 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor as a fellow teacher  of  Clara at Coal Hill School played by Tristan Beint, who is aware of the rumours himself and on Twitter tweeted the following in reply to a follower:

“Are you sure Tom could ever compete with a Time Lord though..? Oho… Keep watching.”

And in other reply where the follower asked if his character would form a relationship with Clara:

“Now, now, spoilers… But #tomwald, like it. Pass that on to Mr Moffat…”

All of the above is yet to be officially confirmed by the BBC. Doctor Who returns with The Time of the Doctor Christmas Day on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is yet to be confirmed.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Radio Times - Matt Smith's Farewell

Matt Smith dons the next edition of Radio Times magazine as he approaches the end of his reign as the Doctor, read on for further details:

Daleks, Matt Smith’s farewell and interactive Doctor Who content in the new issue of Radio Times magazine!

It’s mere weeks until Matt Smith bids a fond farewell to Doctor Who but we couldn’t let him go without one final hurrah - and a Radio Times cover, of course. This week’s magazine marks Matt’s 13th appearance on the cover as the Doctor, matching the record held by his predecessor, David Tennant. And just in time for the arrival of the 13th Doctor. Neat, eh? And there are plenty more Doctor Who treats in store this week. 

For those of you who enjoyed our exclusive message from Matt Smith to celebrate the Doctor’s 50th birthday, we've got another from the doors of the Tardis plus a sneak peek behind the scenes on our cover shoot.

Download the Blippar app and point your phone at the magazine to unlock all the exclusive content, including a gallery of all 13 of Matt Smith’s Radio Times Doctor Who covers and a complete episode guide to all the 11th Doctor’s adventures.

As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got Matt Smith’s final interview reflecting on his last days as the Time Lord and revealing his Hollywood hipster ambitions. One man who predicts a long and successful career for Smith is Steven Moffat who praises his lead Doctor Who actor - along with his Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch - for their wise career choices.

This edition of Radio Times magazine is on sale from tomorrow at all good newsagents until 13 December priced £1.60 per copy.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 334

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

IN ISSUE 334...
Bring Pages to Life with Blippar!
Awesome 3D Fun!
Grab Loads of Goodies with Our Wins!
Exclusive Doctors Interview!
Where's the Doctor?
Time Teasers!

FREE GIFT: Don't miss your awesome Doctor dress-up kit! It comes with a fez, bow tie, Sonic Screwdriver and 3D glasses!

Issue 334 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 10th December priced £3.99 per copy.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

2013 Christmas Special - Title, Synopsis & First Promo Revealed

The BBC have revealed the first promo and title of the upcoming Doctor Who 2013 Christmas special as:

THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR

The synopsis of the episode has also been revealed:

THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR - by Steven Moffat
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them - the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor, the last to feature Matt Smith as the Doctor, is set to air this Christmas on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is yet to be confirmed.

Monday, 25 November 2013

50th Anniversary - 2 New Toys

Character Options have revealed two new Doctor Who toys in celebration of the show's 50th anniversary, read on for further details:

Other Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver
The "Other Doctor" is the Doctor's dark chapter, an _hitherto unknown incarnation whose existence he has spent centuries repressing, a secret he wants no one to know of. He is a relic of the past, part of the great Time War, when he spent centuries fighting alongside his fellow Time Lords against the Daleks and made the final decision to end it with a desperate act that cost that incarnation the right to use the name "Doctor". This haunted and battle-worn Other Doctor is finally forgiven after helping find a new solution to end the war, giving the Eleventh Doctor a new purpose as he heads into further adventures.

The Other Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver, as seen in the 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor. Includes sound and light FX.

The Other Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver toy is on sale now at all good toy stores priced £19.99 per purchase.

Holographic Tenth Doctor Figure
Unveiled at the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration convention last weekend, BBC Shop are happy to offer this 5" Holographic Tenth Doctor action figure. David Tennant's translucent figure features his silver pinstripes and brown tie.

The figure is on sale now exclusively at BBC Shop priced £12.00 per purchase. Please note that the figure is sold loose in a sealed plastic bag.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

2013 Christmas Special - Teaser Trailer

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After the broadcast of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor last night, the first teaser trailer for the show's  2013 Christmas special was shown, you can watch it above. Doctor Who returns this Christmas to BBC One and BBC One HD. In other news: The Day of the Doctor achieved an overnight rating of 10.2 million (a 37.4% audience share) from UK viewers on BBC One, the official BARB ratings will be published next week. Also: The special has been rewarded by Guinness World Record for Largest Ever Simulcast of a TV Drama, after broadcasting in 94 countries across six continents.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

The Day of the Doctor - Tonight!

50 years ago to this day, the first ever Doctor Who episode An Unearthly Child broadcast for the first time on BBC Television. 50 years on, and the show as produced 33 successful series (with number 34 in pre-production) consisting of over 200 stories within 798 episodes, 3 movies and 5 animations, as well as a bundle of mini-episodes and 4 spin-off shows. 

In celebration of the milestone, the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor - shot in 3D - is to broadcast this evening simultaneously around the globe from 7:50pm GMT on both TV and select cinemas worldwide, read on for the synopsis:

THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR - by Steven Moffat
The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

The episode will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer soon after broadcast. The special is to be followed by Doctor Who Live: The Aftermath at 9:05pm on BBC ThreeDoctor Who will return later this year with its annual Christmas special - more details coming soon.

Friday, 22 November 2013

The Day of the Doctor - New Clips!

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Over the course of the past week, a collection of new clips from the upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor have surfaced from various programmes and sources, you can watch a special montage of them above. Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor will broadcast worldwide tomorrow from 7:50pm GMT on BBC One, BBC One HD and select cinemas worldwide. In other news: David Tennant and Matt Smith are set to appear on chat show The Graham Norton Show tonight on BBC One and BBC One HD from 10:35pm to help promote the 50th anniversary special.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

An Adventure in Space and Time - Tonight

An Adventure in Space and Time - the one-off documentary drama explaining the origins of Doctor Who - is set to broadcast tonight at 9:00pm on BBC Two and BBC Two HD, read on for the synopsis:

AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME - by Mark Gatiss
Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry's glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama. Allied with a team of unusual but brilliant people, they went on to create the longest running science fiction series ever made.

The programme will be folloed by William Hartnell: The Original, a five-minute documentary looking at how William Hartnell shaped the Doctor and his legacy. An Adventure in Space and Time will also be available to watch on BBC iPlayer soon after broadcast.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Day of the Doctor - Second Prequel

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The BBC have released a second prequel to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special. The mini episode - titled The Last Day - is available to download for free from iTunes as part of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary collection season pass, you can watch it above. Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor will broadcast this Saturday at 7:50pm on BBC One, BBC One HD and select cinemas worldwide.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The Day of the Doctor - DVD & Blu-ray Covers & Details

BBC DVD have revealed the covers and details for the release of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special onto DVD and Blu-ray, read on for further details:

Starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, (yes, the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors on screen together!) Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt. The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special!

THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR
In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space, an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

EXTRAS
The Last Day (Exclusive Mini Episode)
The Night of the Doctor (Prequel)
Doctor Who Explained
Behind the Lens
Early Trailer
50 Years Trailer

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor is on sale from 2nd December at all good DVD stores priced £13.27 on DVD format and £16.33 on Blu-ray format, the latter of which also includes a 3D copy of the episode.

50th Anniversary - Radio Times Edition

In celebration of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, this week's edition of Radio Times features twelve collectible covers; each featuring a different incarnation of the Doctor, read on for further details:

Why you can’t destroy the Doctor, by Steven Moffat
The show-runner writes exclusively for Radio Times on a cultural legacy so strong that it even endured a 16-year television hiatus. Not that he would ever let that happen again, of course…

Retrospectives of each Doctor
From the first Doctor, William Hartnell, to the 11th, Matt Smith, we examine each Time Lord’s era, taking in companions, villains and using exclusive archive interviews with the actors themselves. It’s the ultimate guide to the mad man in a box.

Interviews with Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt
It’s not all about the past, though, for The Day of the Doctor is coming. Radio Times talks to Matt Smith and David Tennant about acting together - “Have I just woken out of a dream?” asks the Tenth Doctor -while screen legend John Hurt (the War Doctor) tells us why he wasn’t a fan of the 1963 series.

Interactive issue
The issue is not just packed with great Doctor Who words and pictures, it also contains a treasure trove of interactive content, such as video, 3D pages and detailed guides. To access the interactive content, simply download the free Blippar app to your smartphone or tablet; then open the app and hold your device over the interactive symbols. Start with the cover to reveal an exclusive video message from the Eleventh Doctor, and the opportunity to create and star in your own Radio Times Doctor Who cover to share on social media. Inside, there’s even more, including a comprehensive episode-by-episode guide for each Doctor, animated and video Doctor Who content, over 100 pictures from the Radio Times Doctor Who archive, a gallery of all Radio Times’s Doctor Who covers, plus exclusive 3D content.

An exclusive shot from The Day of the Doctor
The Tenth Doctor and Joanna Page’s Queen Elizabeth I look rather cosy, don’t they?

My love of Doctor Who, by BBC director general Tony Hall
The DG writes exclusively for Radio Times about how he fell in love with Doctor Who in 1963 and is now thrilled to be the man in charge at its height. He even tells a nifty little tale of how he once flew the Tardis…

Interviews with famous Doctor Who fans
Charlie Brooker, Jonathon Ross and Jo Whiley are among the stars sharing their favourite Who moments in extracts from Steve Berry’s book, From Behind The Sofa.

Win the Doctor’s actual bow tie!
And finally, as if we haven’t spoilt you lot enough, we’re also giving readers a chance to a win a money-can’t-buy prize: the bow tie worn by Matt Smith’s Doctor on screen.

Twelve collectable covers
Did we mention there are a staggering 12 Doctor Who covers this week? With different monsters and a different Doctor on each one…

This edition of Radio Times is on sale from today at all good newsagents 25 November priced £1.99 per copy.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Doctor Who Receives the Royal Seal of Approval

Doctor Who was given the royal seal of approval today when Her Royal Highness, Sophie - the Countess of Wessex - hosted a reception for the show in recognition of its 50th anniversary, read on for further details:

Back in 1879 Queen Victoria may have considered the Time Lord to be an enemy of the state but the Royal Family has obviously forgiven him as the cast and crew of Doctor Who, past and present, arrived at Buckingham Palace to help celebrate its half-centenary.

Current Doctor Matt Smith, along with former Doctors Tom Baker and Peter Davison and ‘War Doctor’ John Hurt were all presented to HRH The Countess of Wessex and it was perhaps fortunate they were on hand as two Daleks were also spotted in the palace!

Other guests included lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman (Clara), Catherine Tate (Donna),  Lord Hall (director-general of the BBC), Danny Cohen (director of television), Rhodri Talfan Davies, (Director, BBC Cymru Wales), Charlotte Moore (controller of BBC One), Ben Stephenson (controller, drama commissioning) and Doctor Who writers Toby Whithouse, Chris Chibnall and Gareth Roberts .

The Countess also met young competition winners who proudly showed Her Royal Highness their winning drawings of ‘The Queen’s Tardis’ which were displayed by the actual Tardis!

In other news: Another one-off program in celebration of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary that explores the character of the Doctor through all eleven of his incarnations and his companions titled Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide is to broadcast tonight at 8:00pm on BBC Three

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 467

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

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, DWM issue 467 is the biggest issue ever, at 116 packed pages! It also comes complete with a very special 1960s-themed mini issue, which imagines how DWM might have celebrated the series' first anniversary. PLUS - There's also a set of 12 amazing art cards, featuring all 12 Doctors, and nine free audio downloads of Doctor Who stories!

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Matt Smith and David Tennant - two Doctors interviewed together!
  • The Day of the Doctor - a preview of the 50th Anniversary special, with exclusive new photographs!
  • Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) interviewed!
  • An Adventure in Space and Time - huge behind-the-scenes feature!
  • A fascinating feature on Anthony Coburn - Doctor Who’s greatest unsung hero! 
  • An Unearthly Child - the draft scripts of Doctor Who’s very first episode revealed!
  • The Watcher’s Guide to Anniversaries!
  • The Wonder of Who - a guide to Doctor Who’s supposedly 'indefinable magic'!
  • The Five Doctors - a fascinating guide to Doctor Who’s 20th anniversary adventure!
  • Mary Peach - the guest star of The Enemy of the World reacts to the story’s recent recovery!
  • Production Notes - showrunner Steven Moffat is joined by someone from his past…
  • John Smith and the Common Men - a special anniversary comic strip!
  • The Time Team watch Last of the Time Lords and Time Crash!
  • The Watcher’s 50th Anniversary Quiz!
  • Competitions, puzzles, and much more!

Issue 467 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale now at all good newsagents until 11th December priced £7.99 per copy.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

The Day of the Doctor - New Clip!

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As part of BBC Children in Need night last night, a clip from the upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor premiered, you can watch it above. Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor is set to broadcast next Saturday (23rd November) at 7:50pm GMT on BBC One, BBC One HD and select cinemas worldwide.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty - Details

The BBC have released further details concerning Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty, which airs straight after the 50th anniversary special, read on for further details:

Live from London’s Southbank, Zoe Ball and Rick Edwards will get the afterparty started on BBC Three, as they are joined by Matt Smith and guests to discuss the Doctor’s most epic adventure yet.

As soon as titles roll on BBC One’s The Day of the Doctor, viewers can join the current Doctor himself, as well as a host of previous Doctors and their time travelling companions in the ultimate celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who on BBC Three

As well as all the gossip on the The Day of the Doctor there will be exclusive interviews, show-stopping monster moments and fans around the world will be giving their reaction, as they showcase how they are celebrating the special anniversary. 

One Direction will also be joining the party as they gate-crash the show live from L.A to wish the Doctor a happy birthday.

Zai Bennett, Controllec, BBC Three, said, "The 50th anniversary is going to be a huge party for Doctor Who and we’re delighted that BBC Three will be able to give the fans all the backstage access to the stars at the hottest ticket in town."

Commissioned by Pinki Chambers, Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty’ is executive produced by Mark Cossey and Phil Dolling.  It is produced by Russell Minton and made by BBC In-house Entertainment and Events.

Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty is set to broadcast on Saturday 23rd November at 9:05pm on BBC Three. In other news: A special clip from The Day of the Doctor will be shown tonight during BBC Children in Need, which begins a live broadcast from 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

An Adventure in Space and Time - Trailer & Clip

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A new trailer advertising the one-off drama explaining the genesis of Doctor Who - An Adventure in Space and Time - is currently air on various BBC channels in between show breaks, you can watch it above. The BBC have also issued a preview clip from the program, of which can be viewed below:

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An Adventure in Space and Time will broadcast next Thursday (21st November) at 9:00pm on BBC Two and BBC Two HD.