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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween! - from The Ultimate Doctor Who Site

Today, 31st October, is Halloween. Enjoy yourself if you're 'trick or treating' or having a gools night-in!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

An Adventure in Space and Time - Poster & Press Pack

The BBC Media Centre has released a new press pack concerning the one-off Doctor Who origins drama An Adventure in Space and Time, read on for further details:

An Adventure in Space and Time
This special one-off drama travels back in time to 1963 to see how the beloved Doctor Who was first brought to the screen.

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, time travel and monsters!

Allied with a team of brilliant people, they went on to create the longest-running science fiction series ever, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

David Bradley plays William Hartnell
Acclaimed actor David Bradley talks here about taking on the portrayal of an actor he greatly admired and transforming himself into the Doctor.

A popular screen star, well regarded by his peers, William Hartnell was born in St Pancras, London in 1908. He appeared in numerous plays, films and TV shows, often playing the ‘tough guy’ role as typified by his character in the comedy The Army Game, which ran from 1957 to 1961, just prior to Doctor Who.

When he was first approached, Hartnell was widely reported to have been unconvinced by the role of Doctor.

“It has to be said”, explains David, “after some initial reluctance to do something for children’s TV, I think he was quickly convinced that it was the right thing for him to do. He felt quite insecure about it as it was new territory for him, but once he started he embraced the whole idea of the part.”

An Adventure in Space and Time tells the story behind the beginnings of Doctor Who and the team of personalities behind it. Known as a perfectionist, Hartnell was widely regarded as cantankerous by colleagues. But as David explains the script for Space and Time reveals a full picture of Bill, including the good and the bad.

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

Friday, 25 October 2013

The Science of Doctor Who - Synopsis

The BBC Media Centre has released the synopsis for a one-off program investigating the science of Doctor Who, presented by Professor Brian Cox:

For one night only, Professor Brian Cox explores the universe of the world’s favourite Timelord, Doctor Who.

Brian takes an audience, with the help of celebrity guests, on a journey into the wonderful universe of The Doctor, in a specially recorded programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Brian reveals the science behind the spectacle and explains the physics that allows Doctor Who to travel through space and time. Fun, but filled with real science, it’s a special night for Who fans as well anyone with a thirst for understanding.

Brian is in the unique position of knowing the Doctor’s universe inside out as well as the reality behind the drama. When the Tardis travels through time and space, Brian understands the physics involved. And when it comes to life on other planets, Brian knows the real science that could prove extra-terrestrial life might just really exist in our galaxy.

The Science of Doctor Who will broadcast on Thursday 14th November at 9:00pm on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. In other news: the BBC have confirmed that Doctor Who is to feature in some way in this year's Children in Need night, more details are to be confirmed.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 332

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

IN ISSUE 332...
Face your Fears with the Doctor!
Terrifying Posters!
Cool Comic Fun!
Monsters Dressed as Monsters
Alien Babies - Trick or Treat
Star in your Own Scary Story!

FREE GIFT: This issue comes with a squidgy Dalek mutant!

Issue 322 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale now at all good newsagents until 5th November priced £2.99 per copy.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Doctor & Dalek Figure Sets - Wave 3

Character Options have revealed their third and final wave of Doctor Who Doctor & Dalek figure sets - exclusive to Toys R Us, read on for further details:

Highly detailed and realistic action figure collection that celebrates 50 years of Doctor Who. Each pack includes a fully poseable 5-inch Doctor and a free-wheeling Dalek from the same era that features moveable eye stalk and gun arm.

First Doctor & Dalek from The Daleks' Master Plan
The Doctor is a mysterious character from another time and another world. He has a time machine called the Tardis, which is disguised as a police box and was bigger on the inside than on the outside. Discovering the Tardis in a scrapyard, two teachers are involuntarily taken on a journey back to the year 100,000 BC, and end up adventuring through time and space with the Doctor.

Third Doctor & Dalek from Planet of the Daleks
Exiled to Earth, this sophisticated and elegant Doctor was more of a pure scientist than his predecessors, surrounded by gadgets and vehicles. But whether aiding UNIT against invasions or travelling to distant planets, his kindness and belief in peace was rarely stronger. After returning a jewel to an irradiated cave on an alien planet, the Doctor’s body was so badly damaged he had to regenerate once again…

Fourth Doctor & Dalek from Genesis of the Daleks
The Fourth Doctor masked his brilliant and inventive mind behind a fa├žade of bohemian eccentricity. The longest lived incarnation of the Doctors so far, he was forced to change his body after losing a fight with his old enemy the Master and falling from a radio telescope to the ground beneath him.

Eighth Doctor & Dalek from Children of the Revolution
Passionate about life and the beauty of the world about him, this Doctor’s love of humanity drove him to fight his old foe the Master deep within the heart of his own Tardis. It remains unclear when, how or why exactly he regenerated into his Ninth body, but he had clearly done so shortly before meeting Rose Tyler on Earth.

Eleventh Doctor & Dalek from Asylum of the Daleks
By his own admission, the Eleventh Doctor is a genius and a madman. He has the same sparking intelligence as his predecessors but it seems to be firing in every direction at once. He has the curious innocence of a child mixed with the ancient wisdom of the centuries, and leaves everyone around him racing to keep up. He can seem clumsy and chaotic but only a foolish enemy would underestimate him. As always he has a powerful sense of right and wrong and a determination to do what’s right.

All five figure sets are on sale from early November exclusively at Toys R Us stores priced £19.99 each.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The Day of the Doctor - Cinema Screening Details

Details for the cinema screens of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special have been released, read on for further information:

Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode in 3D special cinema event in over 400 cinemas across 8 countries
Hundreds of thousands of fans across the UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Germany and Russia will gather to watch on the big screen at the same time as millions of TV viewers worldwide

The celebrations will cross the equator with screenings to be held in 106 cinemas in Australia and New Zealand

BBC Worldwide today announces that the special 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who will also be screened in 3D in cinemas across the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, Germany and Russia at the same time as the UK TV broadcast on BBC One on 23rd November 2013, with more countries to be confirmed within the next few weeks.

In addition to the global TV broadcast, hundreds of cinemas in the UK and around the world are also confirming their plans to screen the hotly anticipated special episode simultaneously in full 3D, giving fans another unique opportunity to be part of a truly global celebration for the iconic British drama series. 216 VUE, Cineworld, Odeon, BFI and Picturehouse cinemas in the UK and Ireland have already confirmed their participation, with tickets for the anniversary screening set to go on sale this Friday 25th October at 9am. Locations include London, Birmingham, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Internationally, German, Russian, American and Canadian fans will gather in cinemas to enjoy the simulcast release, approximately 30 cinemas in Germany will screen the special and up to 50 theatres will debut it in Russia. The celebrations will cross time zones travelling over the equator to New Zealand and Australia where fans will have a choice of 106 cinemas across both countries to view the episode in 3D on the big screen on the 24th November following the simulcast TV broadcast earlier in the morning.

BBC America will this week announce details regarding the 3D screenings of the anniversary episode in select theatres across the US and Canada. A map showing all the confirmed cinemas screening the special can be found hereDoctor Who: The Day of the Doctor will screen and broadcast worldwide on Saturday 23rd November, at the rumoured time of 7:45pm GMT, more details are yet to be confirmed.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Doctor Who Magazine - The Doctor

Panini, publishers of Doctor Who magazine, have released details of a new one-off edition magazine based on the Doctor, read on for further details:

From the makers of the award-winning Doctor Who magazine comes the ultimate celebration of the many incarnations of the Doctor from William Hartnell to Matt Smith and beyond!

Following on from The Daleks and The Companions, this lavishly illustrated collector’s volume contains many rare and previously unseen photos, and includes a wealth of features and interviews, celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who!

Doctor Who: The Doctor is on sale from 1st December at all good newsagents priced £9.99 per copy.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

50 Years of Doctor Who - Trailer & Promo

A new promo and trailer celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who aired earlier this evening on BBC One and BBC One HD, you can watch it below:

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A press pack follows:

A specially created trailer celebrating the last 50 years of Doctor Who will air tonight on BBC One, as an exclusive image is revealed today featuring the 11 Doctors.

Travelling through time fans will be taken on a journey from the very beginning using state of the art technology. The special trailer is set to show all of the Doctors as they first appeared on screen, including William Hartnell in high res colour for the very first time, as celebrations ramp up to the 23rd November.

A huge moment for the BBC, the 50th celebrations will culminate with the special episode, The Day of the Doctor, starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt.  A whole range of shows have also been commissioned across TV and radio to mark the anniversary.

The 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor will broadcast on Saturday 23rd November on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is yet to be confirmed.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 466

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

Doctor Who Magazine Number 466 Talks to Philip Morris!
This month, Doctor Who magazine talks exclusively to the man who found the missing episodes from The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear, Philip Morris!

"It’s my job to put a smile on Doctor Who fans’ faces in complete co-operation with BBC Worldwide. Doctor Who fans need to know that we are actively searching for material. So don’t lose hope!"

Plus: Missing episodes experts Paul Vanezis and Peter Crocker explain their role in restoring these decades-old films to their former glory! There’s much more in the new Doctor Who magazine, however, which comes with a choice of TWO covers.

BACK TO THE BEGINNING…
An exclusive preview of the new BBC Two drama, An Adventure in Space and Time, which tells the story of the origins of Doctor Who and featuring an interview with David Bradley, who plays William Hartnell, the actor who created the role of the Doctor.

FIRST DIRECTION
Waris Hussein, who directed the very first Doctor Who serial in 1963 talks exclusively to DWM, and reveals how he and the cast were able to overcome the limitations of the show’s tiny budget and create something that has lasted for 50 years.

THE GODFATHER
With excerpts from a previously unpublished archive interview, DWM presents a profile of Sydney Newman, the man responsible for the birth of Doctor Who and for revolutionising TV drama production in the UK in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

GOODBYE AND WELCOME…
Doctor Who showrunner and head writer  Steven Moffat writes exclusively for DWM and tells of the momentous day when outgoing Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith handed over the key to the Tardis to incoming Twelfth Doctor - Peter Capaldi.

DO I HAVE THE RIGHT…?
The Fourth Doctor is taken on a detour to the planet Skaro by the Time Lords and given the task of preventing the creation of his deadliest enemies, the Daleks. The Fact of Fiction takes a look at one of Doctor Who’s undisputed classics, Genesis of the Daleks, and unearths some new and fascinating facts about the 1975 six-part serial and its origins.

TOP OF THE POPS
The votes are in for the 2013 DWM readers’ Season Survey and the winners are revealed, including your favourite story, best guest stars, best writer, and favourite musical score!

NEVER ENDING STORY…
DWM’s journey through Doctor Who’s long history reaches its end with this year’s thirty-third series, in Countdown to 50. We join the Doctor on his quest to solve the mystery of the impossible girl - his new companion, Clara, who he has already seen die twice. When the Doctor’s very existence is threatened by the Great Intelligence, Clara travels into the Doctor’s past to save his future…

A HAPPY ENDING?
The Doctor and Clara uncover the dark truth behind the cartoon capers in the second and final part of the comic-strip adventure, Welcome to Tickle Town, written by Scott Gray with art by Adrian Salmon.

VOTE SAXON!
Chris, Emma, Michael and Will are gobsmacked to find that the Master is the new Prime Minister of Great Britain and has a rather unusual approach to foreign affairs! The Time Team take their seats for 2007’s The Sound of Drums. Will it get their vote?

JUMP START
Mother of twins and devoted fan Jacqueline Rayner ponders on the importance of the first episode of a Doctor Who story, cherishing that slow build to the inevitable appearance of the monster in the closing seconds. Her son, however, prefers to skip straight to Episode Two!

DOCTOR BLUE?
The Watcher takes sound effects as his cue in this issue’s A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects and champions the essential role they have played over the series’ 50 years. Plus another hapless extra gets his moment in the spotlight as Supporting Artist of the Month; we get a rundown of the Top Ten Boybands, all with a suitable Doctor Who twist; and The Six Faces of Delusion invites you to spot the sound effect themed fact that hits the wrong note. All in this issue’s fun-packed Wotcha!

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

Issue 466 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from tomorrow at all good newsagents until 13th November priced £4.75 per copy.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Series 8 - Ben Wheatly to Direct Opening Episodes

It has been announced that award-winning director Ben Wheatly is to direct the first two episodes of the next series of Doctor Who, read on for further details:

It’s been announced that the award-winning Ben Wheatley will direct the opening two episodes of series eight.

Ben commented, "I am very excited and honoured to be asked to direct the first two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who. I've been a fan since childhood (Tom Baker is my Doctor if you are asking).  I've been watching the current run of Doctor Who with my son and have discovered it all over again. The work that has been done is amazing."

Ben’s previous credits include movies such as Down Terrace, Sightseers and A Field in England and he told us, "I'm really looking forward to working with Peter Capaldi and finding out where Steven Moffat is planning to take the new Doctor."

Filming for series eight of Doctor Who begins in January 2014 while it premieres later that year in the autumn. Doctor Who returns on Saturday 23rd November for the show's 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Missing Episodes - 9 Recovered!

The BBC have today confirmed which classic Doctor Who episodes have been recovered for the first time since their broadcasts nearly 50 years ago, read on for further details:

Lost Doctor Who Episodes Recovered!
11 episodes from the 1960s, nine of which have not been seen for over 45 years, will launch exclusively on iTunes today (Friday 11th October).

BBC Worldwide is delighted to announce that nine recordings from the 1960s featuring missing episodes of Doctor Who, the world’s longest running sci-fi drama, have been recovered in Nigeria, Africa.

11 Doctor Who episodes were discovered (nine of which were missing) by Phillip Morris, director of Television International Enterprises Archive, by the tracking records of overseas shipments made by the BBC containing tapes for transmission. BBC Worldwide has re-mastered these episodes to restore them to the fantastic quality that audiences expect from Doctor Who.

The stories recovered are The Enemy of the World (1967) and The Web of Fear (1968), both starring Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor.

The Enemy of the World, is the fourth six-part tale of the show's original fifth season which first aired on the BBC in December 1967. Episodes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 had been missing from the BBC archives.

Alongside Patrick Troughton who plays both the Time Lord and his antagonist (Ramon Salamander) are his companions Frazer Hines (Jamie) and Deborah Watling (Victoria).

Also recovered is the 1968 six-part story, The Web of Fear. Episodes 2 - 6 were feared lost forever but now episodes 2, 4, 5, and 6 have been recovered. Unfortunately, episode three is still missing but a restoration team has reconstructed this part of the story using a selection of the 37 images that were available from the episode along with the original audio which has been restored.

Also starring Patrick Troughton alongside Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling, The Web of Fear introduces Nicholas Courtney for the first time as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart (who later returns as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart).

All episodes will be available to download exclusively from iTunes on 11th October. The Enemy of the World will also be available to pre-order exclusively on DVD from BBC Shop from 11th October for release on 25th November. The Web of Fear will be available on DVD from early 2014.

Phillip Morris says: "The tapes had been left gathering dust in a store room at a television relay station in Nigeria. I remember wiping the dust off the masking tape on the canisters and my heart missed a beat as I saw the words Doctor Who. When I read the story code I realised I’d found something pretty special."

Fiona Eastwood, director of consumer products, BBC Worldwide comments: "We are thrilled with the recent discovery of The Web of Fear and The Enemy of the World and we’re very happy to be launching re-mastered versions of these treasured episodes to fans as we celebrate the 50th year of Doctor Who."

On the 23rd November 2013, Doctor Who celebrates 50 years since the very first episode, An Unearthly Child, aired on BBC television. A number of episodes from the first series of Doctor Who were lost as a result of BBC Archive space-saving measures and there are still 27 Doctor Who stories that are missing or have incomplete episodes.

Both stories are available to purchase on iTunes now and are also to have an almost-immediate DVD release on 25th November and early 2014 respectively. In other news: Neve McIntosh who plays Madame Vastra in Doctor Who has confirmed that she will return to the show in series eight along with Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint) and Dan Starky (Strax) to aid Peter Capaldi's Doctor.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 331

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

IN ISSUE 331...
Top 10 Scariest Episodes!
Make Your Own Monster Pumpkins!
Time Teasers!
Cool Comic!
Mega Posters!
Wicked Wins!
Alien Babies!

FREE GIFT: This issue comes with a cool Tardis stationery set. It's bigger on the inside!

Issue 331 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 22nd October priced £2.99 per copy.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Caliburn House Playset - BBC Shop Exclusive

Character Options have revealed a new Doctor Who playset for their on-going 3'75" figure range - exclusive to BBC Shop - read on for further details:

Caliburn House Playset
Exclusive to BBC Shop and based on the Doctor Who Series 7 episode  Hide. The Doctor, Holographic Clara and and dematerialising Tardis! All exclusive to this set, the figures and Tardis are a brilliant tribute to the episode as well as a perfect addition to the Doctor Who Series 7 figures. 

The Doctor: I'm the Doctor!
Alec Palmer: Doctor what?
The Doctor: If you like!

The Doctor and Clara arrive at a haunted mansion (Caliburn House) which stands alone on a desolate moor. Here they encounter the legendary ghost hunter Professor Alec Palmer and his gifted psychic assistant, Emma Grayling. Palmer is trying to contact a fabled spirit that haunts the house - the Witch of the Well. Much to Clara's apprehension, The Doctor can't help but offer their assistance!

• Exclusive Eleventh Doctor Action Figure
• Exclusive Hologram Interface Clara Action Figure
• Exclusive Dematerialising Tardis (Non Electronic)

The Caliburn House playset is on sale from 22nd November exclusively at the BBC Shop priced £25.99 per purchase..

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Missing Episodes - BBC Confirms Return!

After weeks of spontaneous rumours, the BBC have today confirmed that a set of Doctor Who episode tapes originally broadcast in the 1960s - thought to have been permanently lost - have been returned to them, read on for further details:

A number of early episodes of Doctor Who, which were believed to have been permanently lost, have been returned to the BBC.

BBC Worldwide is expected to confirm the find at a press conference in London later this week.

It follows weeks of speculation that some lost episodes had been located.

Details of how fans will be able to watch the recovered episodes are also expected to be revealed later this week.

The press pack based on what episodes have been discovered will be released later this week.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Destiny of the Doctor: The Time Machine - Cover & Details

BBC AudioGo have revealed the cover and synopsis of the eleventh and final edition of the Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctor audio series, read on for further details:

THE TIME MACHINE - written by Matt Fitton, performed by Jenna Coleman, Michael Cochrane & Nicholas Briggs
23rd November 2013. In an Oxford laboratory, graduate Alice Watson helps Professor Chivers assemble the final pieces of an impossible machine. A time machine.

The scientist and his assistant believe they are making history, little suspecting that the project’s completion will threaten the existence of the entire universe. But someone has sensed the danger, and when the mysterious Doctor arrives, Alice is taken on a desperate race from libraries and dreaming spires all the way to the nightmare world of Earth’s future.

The monstrous Creevix are coming. They seek control of time itself and are certain that the Doctor is already too late to stop them.  But can the key to saving the future lie in the Time Lord’s past lives?

Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctor - The Time Machine is on sale from 7th November at all good CD stores priced £10.20 per copy and all digital online MP3 websites priced £3.99 per download.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Latest News!

A round-up of the latest news regarding the future of Doctor Who:

12th DOCTOR - PAST CAPALDI APPEARANCES NOT TO BE IGNORED
Steven Moffat has commented in an interview with Nerd³ that the past appearences of to-be Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi in both Doctor Who and Torchwood will not be ignored and possibly create a story arc for the next series, read on for further details from Moffat's interview:

"We are aware that Peter Capaldi’s played a big old part in Doctor Who and Torchwood before and we are not going to ignore the fact."

" remember Russell [T Davies] told me that he had a big old plan as to why there were two Peter Capaldi’s in the Who universe: one in Pompeii and one in Torchwood. When I cast Peter and Russell got in touch to say how pleased he was, I said, ‘Okay, what was your theory and does it still work?” and he said, ‘Yes it does. Here it is…’"

"We’ll play that one out over time. It’s actually quite neat."

He adds: "The face is not set from birth. It’s not like he was always going to be one day Peter Capaldi. We know that’s the case because in The War Games he has a choice of faces. So we know it’s not set, so where does he get those faces from? They can’t just be randomly generated because they’ve got lines. They’ve aged. When he turns into Peter he’ll actually have lines on his face. So where did that face come from?"

Peter Capaldi will make his Doctor Who debut in this year's Christmas special on BBC One and BBC One HD.

MOFFAT "PROBABLY DONE" WRITING ABOUT THE WEEPING ANGELS
Continuing on from his interview with Nerd³, Moffat said that his "probably done" writing anymore episodes of Doctor Who featuring the Weeping Angels, but hasn't ruled out any other writers using them in future stories:

"I’m probably done to be honest on what you can do with the Weeping Angels. But other writers have to have a go. There’s only so many times you can think, ‘Right, it’s a chase scene and statues’. How many times can the lights flicker? What happens if a moth sees them? Is the alien invasion cancelled at that point?"

However, Moffat reveals another Doctor Who writer recently pitched a new story starring the Lonely Assassins: "It’s not going to happen but a very good Doctor Who writer pitched a great idea for the Weeping Angels the other day and I was very excited about it."

"We had a long phone call about it and I went away thinking, ‘That is going to be brilliant!’ And about two days later he admitted he wasn’t going to have time to do it. Hopefully we’ll get to it in the next year."

RIVER SONG TO RETURN?
Alex Kingston who played River Song in Doctor Who has recently teased that the character might make a return to the show in the future, despite what writer Steven Moffat has previously said on thinking the character's story is "done".

Speaking in a BBC America video, she said: "I look forward to sharing more of [River] with you in the future, but… spoilers!"

Rumours have suggested that River will appear in current Doctor Matt Smith’s final episode this Christmas, although could the character also carry over to Peter Capaldi’s era.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The Day of the Doctor to Broadcast in 75 Countries Simultaneously

The BBC have confirmed that the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor is to broadcast in at least 75 countries simultaneously, read on for further details:

BBC Worldwide today announces that the special 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, the world’s longest running and most successful sci-fi series will, for the first time ever, be broadcast simultaneously to millions of viewers worldwide in a global simulcast on 23rd November 2013.

From Canada to Colombia, Brazil to Botswana and Myanmar to Mexico, fans in at least 75 countries spanning six continents will be able to enjoy the episode in 2D and 3D (3D television broadcast is subject to availability within global region) at the same time as the UK broadcast, with more countries expected to be confirmed within the next month. The US, Australia and Canada have also signed up for the simulcast which will be shown in numerous countries across Europe, Latin America and Africa. In addition to Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, the one-off special, entitled The Day of the Doctor stars former Time Lord David Tennant as well as Billie Piper, and John Hurt.

On top of the worldwide TV broadcast, hundreds of cinemas in the UK and across the world also plan to screen the hotly anticipated special episode simultaneously in full 3D, giving fans the opportunity to make an event of the occasion and be part of a truly global celebration for the iconic British drama series.  Details about tickets for the anniversary screening will be announced in due course.

Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide comments: "Few TV shows can still lay claim to being appointment viewing but Doctor Who takes this to another level. In its 50th Anniversary year we wanted to create a truly international event for Doctor Who fans in as many countries as possible and the simultaneous broadcast and cinema screening of the special across so many countries will make for a fitting birthday tribute to our Time Lord."

Steven Moffat, current showrunner for Doctor Who and executive producer of the 50th Anniversary episode adds: "The Doctor has always been a time traveller - now he’s travelling time zones. On the 23rd of November, it won’t be the bad guys conquering the Earth - everywhere it will be The Day of the Doctor!"

The free-to-air 3D coverage will be available to those with access to a 3D TV set and to the BBC’s HD Red Button service.  This is part of the BBC’s two-year trial experimenting with 3D production and distribution, which has also included selected coverage from Wimbledon 2012 and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor will broadcast on Saturday 23rd November on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is yet to be officially confirmed.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage - Cover & Details

Puffin have revealed the cover and synopsis of the tenth edition of their ebooks celebrating the 
50th anniversary of Doctor Who, read on for further details:

THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED COTTAGE - by Derek Landy
When the Tardis lands on a planet that looks identical to Earth, the Tenth Doctor and Martha are amazed to find it packed with fictional characters from her childhood. But who has the power to create an entire world out of books and why? The Doctor and Martha must solve the mystery before their story ends!

Doctor Who: The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage will be released on 23rd October onto all good digital media outlets priced £1.99 per download and will be available as a physical paperpack in November to co-elide with Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, more information coming soon.