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Monday, 30 March 2015

Series 9 - Maisie Williams to Guest Star

The BBC have confirmed that Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams will guest star in the next series of Doctor Who, read on for further details:

Having landed back in the UK fresh from touring the U.S, today Maisie Williams sets foot on the Doctor Who TARDIS to take up a guest role in the hit BBC One show that returns to our screens this Autumn.

Maisie has already found global fame and is renowned for her role as Arya Stark in the international fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. She also starred in the one-off docu-drama Cyberbully and was cast as one of the leads of Carol Morley’s drama The Falling. As well as beinga three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee, in February of this year she was awarded with a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

On her first day on set Maisie Williams said, "I'm so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town."

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added, "We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell."

Bursting with drama, wit and heart, the show continues filming with two period adventures - The Girl Who Died written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and The Woman Who Lived by Catherine Tregenna. Starring Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), the duo continue to time travel through epic adventures directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC One’s 18th Century drama Poldark).

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound who recently appeared in the series Cucumber also joins the guest cast alongside BBC Three’s Siblings and CBBC’s Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.

Doctor Who has had a decade of success since its re-launch and is one of BBC One’s most highly regarded dramas. The much-loved brand is already a phenomenon delivering on a global scale, with the last series’ (Series 8) consolidated average at 7.4 million.

Series 9 of Doctor Who premieres this Autumn on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 363

Immediate Media have issued the cover and details of this month's edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

Win copies of the latest Doctor Who DVD with Doctor Who Adventures magazine!
The new issue of Doctor Who Adventures, the magazine for all young Doctor Who fans, is out now!

There are 20 chances to win a copy of the Doctor and Clara’s most recent adventure on DVD - Doctor Who: Last Christmas. This amazing adventure took the time travellers into the world of dreams and the pair got to meet Father Christmas too…

The issue comes with two mystery Doctor Who gifts - what will you get?

  • A look at why we love Doctor Who
  • Find out who’s back in the new series of Doctor Who later in the year
  • Fascinating facts about the Dream Crabs
  • Who is K-9?
  • An exciting adventure awaits the Alien Babies
  • Read an amazing comic strip for Doctor and Clara in a story written by Simon Guerrier
  • The final guide to the 2014 episodes of Doctor Who
  • We’re off to Lanzarote for some brilliant behind-the-scenes secrets
  • Z is for Zygon in the final Monster A-Z
  • Plus, make your own TARDIS!

Issue 363 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale now until 22nd April priced £3.99.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 485

Panini have issued the covers and details of the next edition of Doctor Who magazine:

Issue 485 of Doctor Who magazine celebrates 10 years since Doctor Who returned to television with a special commemorative issue that comes with four different covers, each one featuring one of the twenty-first century Doctors - Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi!

Inside the issue, DWM looks back on the show’s success, with contributions from writers Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Robert Shearman, Paul Cornell, Toby Whithouse, Gareth Roberts, Chris Chibnall, Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson, as well as from BBC head of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson, who gives his view on the future of Doctor Who

  • Russell T Davies, the writer of the landmark first episode, Rose, and many other episodes since, looks back on his first Doctor Who script, and shares brand new information about bringing the Doctor back to our screens.
  • DWM tracks down a guest star from each and every one of the ten Ninth Doctor adventures, including Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), Yasmin Bannerman (Jabe the Tree), Alan David (Gabriel Sneed), Alan Ruscoe (the Slitheen and other creatures), Barnaby Edwards (the Dalek), Bruno Langley (Adam Mitchell), Shaun Dingwall (Pete Tyler), Florence Hoath (Nancy), Annette Badland (Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer Day Slitheen) and Jo Joyner (Lynda ‘with a Y’ Moss).
  • Doctor Who's first director of the modern era, Keith Boak, is interviewed, looking back on the making of Rose, Aliens of London and World War Three.
  • Doctor Who's first ever director, Waris Hussein, concludes his look back over the epic lost adventure from 1964, Marco Polo.
  • DWM pays tribute to 1980s director Fiona Cumming, who passed away earlier in the year.
  • The Doctor and Clara visit Antarctica in part one of Blood and Ice, a brand-new comic strip written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
  • Steven Moffat answer readers’ questions - and speculates about Osgood’s family connections!
  • Jacqueline Rayner reflects on what life would have been like if Doctor Who had never returned in Relative Dimensions.
  • The DWM Review assesses the very latest Doctor Who audio and book releases.
  • The Watcher reveals the connection between Doctor Who and Dr Carl Sagan, in the latest Wotcha!
  • The DWM Crossword, prize-winning competitions, official news and much more!

Issue 485 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from 2nd April until 29th April priced £4.99.

Friday, 20 March 2015

The Essential Doctor Who - The Master

Panini have issued the cover and details of a new one-off edition of Doctor Who magazine:

The Essential Doctor Who - The Master
Originally played by Roger Delgado when the character was introduced in 1971, the Master is an evil Time Lord who has changed his face numerous times over the subsequent decades. The character made a sensational return to Doctor Who in 2014, in the surprising form of actress Michelle Gomez.

The Essential Doctor Who: The Master is a lavish and comprehensive publication featuring details of all the Master episodes in the series’ 52-year history. This issue features new interviews with writers and actors, previously unseen photographs and a wealth of behind the scenes information. No fan will want to be without this essential guide to the Doctor’s arch nemesis!

The Essential Doctor Who - The Master is on sale from 25th March priced £9.99.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Sonic Screwdriver Collection - Wave 4

Character Options have issued the details of their fourth wave of collectible Sonic Screwdriver toys:

The Doctor’s multipurpose tool is a Gallifreyan device, with numerous settings, easily controlled at the press of his thumb. The Doctor has had many sonic screwdrivers of different designs throughout his life and now you can choose from four previous iconic designs.

All feature realistic sound FX and requires 3 x L1154 batteries.

Fourth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver
River Song's Sonic Screwdriver (Red Setting)
Tenth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver
Eleventh Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver

The fourth wave of Sonic Screwdriver toys is on sale now priced £9.99 each.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 484

Panini have issued the cover and details of this month's edition of Doctor Who magazine:

In an exclusive in-depth interview, Doctor Who‘s head writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, reflects on last year’s series and tells DWM how the Doctor might change in the next season…

"We’re not bringing him back exactly as we left him, at all," says Steven. "I think that was already evident at Christmas. He’s left some of the burden of being a superhero of the universe behind. So I’m pushing him - I’m writing quite funny this year - I’m pushing him the other way…"

  • Paul McGann, the Eighth Doctor, gives his opinion on Peter Capaldi’s incarnation, and how it’s changed how he thinks about the Doctor. Plus, an exclusive preview of the new Doctor Who audio series, Dark Eyes 4, including contributions from Alex Macqueen (the Master).
  • Bonnie Langford, who played Mel - companion to the Sixth and Seventh Doctors - in the 1980s, recalls her turbulent time on the show.
  • Doctor Who's very first director, Waris Hussein, continues his guide to the making of the classic 1964 adventure Marco Polo, with the help of unique documents unseen for more than 50 years.
  • Discover fascinating new facts about the 1972 Third Doctor adventure The Time Monster in The Fact of Fiction.
  • In a special feature, the Watcher solves the mystery of when the Doctor was first revealed not to be human.
  • There’s trouble in storage for Doctor and Clara in Space Invaders!, a brand-new comic strip written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Mike Collins.
  • Steven Moffat answer readers’ questions - and speculates about the return of the CyberBrig!
  • The Time Team take a side-step to watch Peter Capaldi star in the dark Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood: Children of Earth.
  • Jacqueline Rayner reflects on fear and terror in Doctor Who in Relative Dimensions.
  • The DWM Review assesses the very latest Doctor Who audio and book releases.
  • The Watcher celebrates the man who played the First Doctor, William Hartnell, in the latest Wotcha!
  • The DWM Crossword, prize-winning competitions, official news and much more

Issue 484 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from today until 1st April priced £4.99.