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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 448

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

William Russell, the original star of Doctor Who, talks candidly about his time in the Tardis in Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 448.

Sixties action hero William Russell, talks to DWM about his role as science teacher Ian Chesterton, companion to the First Doctor in the very earliest days of the series:

"William Hartnell never forgave me for leaving," he reveals. "He couldn't understand it, which was nice in a way. He said to me, 'What's the matter with you? You've got three kids, you've got a job, we're having a great time - what more do you want?!' 'I want to do a play, Bill.' He didn't understand that. Maybe he was right. But he never forgave me for jumping ship."


DWM, in association with Big Finish Productions, is proud to present an exclusive brand new audio adventure starring William Russell. The Revenants, written by Ian Potter, features the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan and is available FREE to all readers this issue!

The votes have been counted and the winners of DWM's annual poll can now be announced! Find out which stories, actors, authors and directors came out on top in 2011. And where did your favourite come in the race for the most popular Doctor… ?

Author Neil Gaiman, writer of the acclaimed 2011 episode The Doctor's Wife, talks exclusively to DWM about writing the story and reveals the secrets of the scenes you didn't see…

Doctor Who's commander-in-chief, Steven Moffat, writes exclusively for DWM in Production Notes and tells of the sad day on which Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill recorded their very last scene as departing companions, Amy and Rory. Have your hankies ready!

Glen McCoy, author of 1985's time-twisting Timelash, talks to DWM about writing the Sixth Doctor's infamous adventure and his early career in television.

It's 1982 and the Fifth Doctor takes the helm of a crowded Tardis and navigates the series into a new era as our voyage through five decades of Doctor Who continues with 1982's Season 19 in Countdown to 50.

DWM goes behind the scenes of the making of a brand new Doctor Who spin-off audio drama series from Big Finish Productions. Counter Measures features characters from 1988's Remembrance of the Daleks, and DWM talks to actors Pamela Salem, Simon William and Karen Gledhill who reprise their roles after more than 20 years!

The Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory get involved in some very organised crime on an alien world as they embark on a brand new adventure, The Cornucopia Caper, written by Scott Gray and drawn by Dan McDaid.

As the hunt for the Key to Time comes to a dramatic climax, the Fourth Doctor, Romana and K.9 face the ultimate forces of darkness in The Armageddon Factor. The Fact of Fiction examines this universe-stopping six-part adventure from 1979 and uncovers dozens of fascinating new facts…

As well as all broadcast episodes of Doctor Who, there are a multitude of scripts and story ideas that never made to the screen. Some of these are now being produced as audio dramas, but it would be have better to let the stories rest in peace and make brand new adventures for the Doctor instead? Toby Hadoke and Johnny Candon debate the pros and cons in A Battle of Wits!

The Time Team slick their hair back and join the Doctor and Rose in post-war London where the alien Wire is riding the airwaves of the nations TV broadcasts. Join Chris, Emma, Will and Michael as the bathe in the warm glow of 2006's The Idiot's Lantern.

The cunning Watcher challenges readers with The Six Faces of Delusion, outs another Supporting Artist of the Month and examines Doctor Who's use of the definite article in A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects - all crammed into this issue's Wotcha!

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

Issue 448 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 28th June priced £4.50 per copy.

Doctor Who: The Nu-Humans - Cover & Info

BBC Audio have revealed the cover and synopsis on a new exclusive Doctor Who audio CD:

THE NU-HUMANS - written by Cavan Scott &Mark Wright , read by Raquel Cassidy
The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive on the planet Hope Eternal, where colonists from Earth have reworked themselves with new internal organs and DNA structures. But their presence is far from welcomed by the colony governor - and when the travellers unearth some dark home truths, their lives are put in danger.

Doctor Who: The Nu-Humans is on sale from 5th July at all good CD stores priced £10.20 per copy.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 270

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

In this week's Doctor Who Adventures we take a look at the deadliest alien invasions!
Nice to see you again. Have you redecorated? I don’t like it. Anyway, I was busy working on a variation of my now Famous Drunk Giraffe dance when I accidentally knocked a lever on the Tardis console that I didn’t know existed.

"It then created over 47 identical versions of me and landed on a planet and ran out to get some assistance. They thought it was an alien invasion and tried to blow me up. How we laughed!"

And if learning about the scariest, craziest and cleverest alien invasions isn't enough for you, then check out the hilarious monster text messages and all of the top info on the Doctor's friends. This is essential reading if you want to become the Doctor's companion!

Also, this issue features two amazing brand-new comic adventures, awesome data on Captain Jack and all the latest Doctor Who news! This issue even comes with a sonic water squirter so you can have fun in the sun and protect yourself against Pyroviles!

Dalek Horoscopes
Alien Invasions
Monster Texts
The Companions Who Weren’t
Silent Nights
Insane Invasions
The Mirror War
The Greatest Gizmos
Plus much more…

Issue 270 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from 31st May at all good newsagents until 6th June priced £2.20 per copy.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Matt Smith to Carry the Olympic Torch!

It has been confirmed that Matt Smith is to become an Olympic Torch bearer, read on for further details:

Matt has been given the honour of being named the lead runner for Saturday 26th May. This means he is the first to carry the Torch on that day and will convey the Olympic Flame through part of Cardiff, close to BBC Wales’ Roath Lock Studios - the home of Doctor Who.

Matt was delighted to take part in this world-famous tradition. ‘To carry the Torch is an honour, one I thought I'd never get,’ he told us, adding, ‘I'm very excited!’

The traditional lighting ceremony took place in Olympia, Greece on 10th May 2012 and the Torch arrived in Britain nine days later. The UK leg of its journey began in Land’s End and it will blaze into Wales later today.

Matt’s run will begin at approximately 6:20am by the Norwegian Church Arts Centre in Cardiff. He will wear the official Torch Bearer uniform and carry the Flame for a short leg of the journey before handing it to the next runner on the steps of the Senedd, often known as the Welsh Assembly Building.

Matt’s part of the relay begins at approximately 6.20am on Saturday 26th May at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Harbour Drive, Cardiff Bay, CF10 4PA. He will hand over the Olympic Flame at the Senedd, National Assembly Building, Cardiff, CF99 1NA.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Watch Doctor Who: Good as Gold!

Earlier today, the mini Doctor Who episode Good as Gold premiered on CBBC's Blue Peter. You can watch it below:

The writers, three pupils of Ashdene Primary School in Wilmslow, won the Script to Screen competition to create is special one-off episode which was penned to be based around the 2012 Olympic games. In other news: new Doctor Who companion Jenna Louise-Coleman began filming today for the new series, due to air this coming Christmas on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock - Out Now!

The first Doctor Who video game for the market The Eternity Clock was released today, read on for further details:

The game immerses players in the universe of Doctor Who across 600 years of history and the future. Players take on the roles of the Doctor and River Song as they travel across time and space to save the Earth, and time itself. In order to be successful, they must master the complexities of time travel through exceptional time-based game play - changes made in one time will impact another, creating multiple possibilities and challenging players to solve puzzles across the centuries.

Equipped with the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver, River’s blaster and other fantastic gadgets, players journey through four London time periods and a number of other-worldly locations in search of answers. With collaborative multi-player capabilities, players can take part in the game simultaneously across different time periods, facing some of the most fearsome monsters including Silurians, Cybermen, Daleks and the Silence.

Robert Nashak, EVP Digital Entertainment and Games at BBC Worldwide said, “Doctor Who is such a beloved BBC franchise, and we’re fortunate to work collaboratively with the creative minds behind the TV show, bringing fans an authentic experience in the universe that is Doctor Who.” 

The stars of the Doctor Who TV series Matt Smith (the Doctor) and Alex Kingston (River Song) provide voice overs for the game, and motion capture technology creates in-game character movements to add realism to the ultimate Doctor Who gaming experience. Outwit and destroy foes, solve puzzles and make the right choices in an epic action-adventure to save the future!

•  Explore the universe of the Doctor, across 4 distinct 'London' time periods
•  Play as the Doctor and River Song to solve the riddle of The Eternity Clock
•  Collaborative multi-player - play together simultaneously and in different time periods
 Time travel gameplay mechanics - changes to one time period affect the layout of another, solve puzzles across the centuries
•  Innovative 2D to 3D camera switch play
•  Experience 'being the Doctor' - face challenging decisions and puzzles
•  Cross platform play between PS3 and Vita game
•  An intriguing, expansive and yet simple plot developed in collaboration with the team behind the TV show  - set across 600 years of history and into the alternate futures of Earth

Watch the trailer for the game below:
Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is available to download now on PlayStation 3 for £13.99. The game will be released on PlayStation Vita and PC formats on 13th June.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 270

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

 Examinate! We send a bunch of monsters to Dalek School in this week's Doctor Who Adventures!
"Have you seen the cool Dalek money box that comes with this issue? How awesome is that? I got confused and tried to slot 20 pence into a real Dalek Drone’s head. He didn’t like it very much, but he did zoom off in the direction of the sweet shop with my money. Get me a lollipop, Dalek!"

And that's just for starters in another packed issue! Find out what's going on in Matt Smith's head in our exclusive interview. Test your knowledge of Doctor Who planets in our intergalactic quiz! The Silence answer your questions, we find out all about the dangers of making Doctor Who, and you can learn everything you need to know about timey-wimey archaeologist River Song!

What's more, this issue comes with an amazing Dalek money box and a cool cardboard Cyberman for you to make! There's two crazy comic strips, some fiendishly tricky puzzles and loads of other eye-popping stuff. If that's not enough, you can also hold this week's issue above your head to shade you from the Sun. How brilliant is that?

IN ISSUE 270...
Prepare for a Scare
Dalek School
Being the Doctor
Intergalactic Quiz
River Fast Facts
Freaky First Encounters
Finders Keepers
Doctor Who Danger 
Plus much more…

Issue 270 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from 24th May at all good newsagents until  30th May priced £2.20 per copy.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 269

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

"Right, I don’t want anyone to panic. That’s the important thing to remember - no panicking. It’s just that a number of giant robot gorillas have been spotted heading for Earth. If you can, lure them into a trap and give me a call. I’ll come armed with a huge metal banana and a net. Just don’t panic!"

This weeks issue Comes with a Tardis Stationary Set with Tardis Tin, Ruler, Eraser and Pencil.

Also inside…
Tardis for Sale
Series 7 Snippets
My Amazing Cyber life
Creature Feature
Fear Them
The Doctor’s Companions
Dummy Run 
Plus much more...

Issue 269 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from tomorrow at all good newsagents until 23rd May priced £2.20 per copy. In other news: the magazine reveals that the new upcoming series of Doctor Who will be leading up to the show's 50th anniversary.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Doctor Who Experience Re-Opening

BBC Worldwide has revealed more on the grand re-opening of the Doctor Who Experience now based in the show's homeland of Cardiff, Wales. Read on for more details:

“My exhibition of the year so far? The Doctor Who Experience” The Guardian

“The hottest ticket in the universe”- Daily Mail

“Suddenly it’s as if you’re actually in an episode of the television series” -  The Telegraph

BBC Worldwide today announced the official opening date for their multi-award winning attraction the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, the home of the BBC One show. Doors will open to the public on the 20th July with tickets going on sale at 10:00am on the 14th June. Paula Al-Lach, Head of Exhibitions and Events at BBC Worldwide formally accepted the keys to the Experience’s distinctive new home in Cardiff Bay this afternoon and the first exhibits are already being moved in. 

Philip Murphy, Managing Director of BBC Worldwide Live Events said: “The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff is going to be just minutes away from where the BBC Wales television series is made which I’m incredibly excited about. The Experience sets out to engage visitors’ imaginations from the outset immersing them in the world of Doctor Who and what better place to do this than in Cardiff the home of the show.”

The Doctor Who Experience is the first ever interactive Doctor Who exhibition that invites visitors to star in their very own Doctor Who adventure. Arriving at the venue they will step through a crack in time to become the Doctor’s companion, taking on the challenge of reuniting the Doctor with the Tardis whilst fending off threats from some of his most fearsome foes - entering a Dalek spaceship and finding a way through a maze of Weeping Angels. Featuring a replica of the Eleventh Doctor’s Tardis which visitors get to fly themselves the interactive walk-through culminates in a stunning 3D finale that sets the scene for fans entering the exhibition.

The exhibition presents fans with the world’s most extensive collection of original Doctor Who costumes and artifacts stretching back almost 50 years to the very first series of Doctor Who

The content of the exhibition is updated constantly with new items from the television series to ensure it is ever changing offering fans the chance to get up close to the incredible sets, costumes and props that feature in their favourite show. 

New items to be shown to the public for the first time in Cardiff include the Doctor’s cradle seen in A Good Man Goes to War; the Silence spaceship and Matt Smith’s sonic cane from Let’s Kill Hitler with many more items being kept under wraps until the doors open on 20th July. 

In other news: It is rumoured that River Song is to return in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, which also sees the debut of the Doctor's new unnamed companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Doctor Who: More Series 7 Details

More details have been revealed about the new forthcoming series of Doctor Who:
  • Episode 1 is rumoured to be titled Asylum of the Daleks
  • Episode 1 will premiere at the Media Guardiannbsp Edinburgh International TV Festival, which takes place between 23rd-25th August  
  • The series (episode 1) has been rumoured to make its TV debut on Saturday 25th August or 1st September on BBC One and BBC One HD
  • According to Steven Moffat, the new Paradigm Daleks are an "officer class"
  • The Special Weapons Dalek from the classic story Remembrance of the Daleks is confirmed to appear in the series opener
  • On killing off companions, Moffat said its a possibility - one he might or might not consider
  • Episode 2 apparently has "the best title ever" and is the one that has the most VFX out of the whole series
  • UNIT are to return in episode 4, rumoured to be titled Cubed. Moffat suggested that if a UNIT story is to feature... it could be a possibility for Martha Jones to return
  • While the concept of Trenzalor is revealed, part of "The Fall of the Eleventh" concept is resolved as well as "the question"
  • Moffat has confirmed there will be a story arc, but it will be "the opposite" to the one featured in series six
  • Jenna-Louise's character is going to "a shock" according to Moffat when making her debut
  • Moffat commented that the order of episodes could be swapped around and that a two-part story could be included, but only if it is necessary for the story
  • Filming for the series will continue through 2012 and into 2013
Doctor Who returns this Autumn to BBC One and BBC One HD.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Doctor Who Monster Invasion - Issue 27

The cover and info on this fortnight's edition of Doctor Who Monster Invasion magazine:

IN ISSUE 27...
Top 10 Cyber Clashes
Sonic Probe
Reapers V Captain Jack
The Rebel Flesh
Where’s the Doctor? - Leadworth
N is for Nephew
Plus much more...

Issue 27 of Doctor Who Monster Invasion is on sale now at all good newsagents until 8th May priced £2.60 per copy.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 447

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

The Daleks are back and Doctor Who's boss Steven Moffat is spilling the beans in DWM issue 447!

"We’re going to have the most Daleks we’ve had on screen ever - but they will be from every era, quite deliberately. We’re calling them in from everywhere! All of them! Even the Special Weapons Dalek. They'll all be there…" Steven Moffat talks in depth about his version of Doctor Who in an exclusive, revealing, in-depth, eight-page interview…


The Daleks are the most feared race of creatures in the entire universe and will stop at nothing to achieve their goal of total intergalactic domination. And they've concocted more than a few audacious schemes to achieve this aim - not all of which, it has to be said, have been entirely successful. Jonathan Morris unearths the Daleks' own assessment of their successes and failures.

Doctor Who's commander-in-chief, Steven Moffat, writes exclusively for DWM in Production Notes! Find out what the Moff things of his nickname, how he's getting along (or not) with the script for the Christmas Special and what he had for lunch in New York!

Philip Madoc, who played four notable roles in Doctor Who in the 60s and 70s - including the War Lord in The War Games and Doctor Mehendri Solon in The Brain of Morbius - passed away in March of this year, at the age of 77. Marcus Hearn takes a look back at the actor's distinguished career and at his contribution to Doctor Who.

Countdown to 50 continues its season-by-season analysis of Doctor Who, and the mood is sombre as we reach 1980/81 with Series 18 and bid farewell to Romana, K9 and, of course, Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor as he takes his fateful fall from the Pharos Project radio telescope.

Shopping can be dangerous to your health as Amy and Rory have found out when the Monos menace strikes London. Meanwhile, as the capital's inhabitants succumb to Monos mania, the Doctor and his new friend Bill discover the source of the trouble. Monos! Monos! Monos! It's the second installment of Sticks & Stones, written by Scott Gray with art by Martin Geraghty.

The Third Doctor, Jo Grant and UNIT become involved in a green movement - in more ways than one - in a Welsh mining village. Giant maggots, toxic chemical waste, an insane super computer, a rather tasty fungus, and angry Welshmen - 1973's The Green Death takes its turn under the microscope in The Fact of Fiction.

Johnny Canton and Toby Hadoke cross swords once again in their latest Battle of Wits! This issue, the hot topic for debate has been inspired by the imminent departure of companions Amy and Rory: should the Doctor travel with a regular companion or is he better off alone?

The Time Team has been upgraded to four pages this month as Chris, Emma, Will and Michael sit down to watch the Tenth Doctor, Rose and Mickey's battle with the Cybermen on a parallel Earth in the two-part story Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel.

A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects reaches number 18 and finds The Watcher mourning the last use of film for a live action sequence in Doctor Who in The Serving Hatch of Rassilon. Plus the latest Top Ten Pop Acts, the challenge of The Six Faces of Delusion, the oh-so painful Stockbridge English Dictionary, the hapless Supporting Artist of the Month - all crammed onto one fabulous single page, it's Wotcha!

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

Issue 447 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale now at all good newsagents until 30th May priced £4.50 per copy.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 267

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

"I had a big adventure the other day. I spent ages looking for a lost sock and then it turned up in the washing machine, of all places! Just kidding! But I did visit a galaxy shaped like a washing machine that had been invaded by killer socks. Not only did they have big, razor-sharp teeth, but they smelled a bit, too!"

This week's issue comes with a surprise mini monster Army, mosh monster stickers and a bumper sticker sheet.

New York, New York
Xtreme Monsters
The Grontlesnurt Horror
Amy Pond Facts
Freaky First Encounters
Island of the Cyclopes
Designing the details
Plus much more!

Issue 267 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from tomorrow at all good newsagents until 9th May priced £2.50 per copy.