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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Lego Doctor Who a Possibility?

Lego Cuusoo, an online crowd-sourcing platform where people can submit and vote on designs for Lego toy sets, has announced that projects for a theme centered around Doctor Who is now welcome.

Sometimes we have to turn down project submissions that refer to specific brands or licensed properties. We do this to avoid getting your hopes up for something we know we aren't able to make. In these cases, we already know the LEGO Group can't secure licensing rights to produce construction toys based on a particular brand or property, due to a conflicting interest with a third party.

If such a conflict goes away, we'll then be able to accept projects based on a particular brand or license.

The Fine Print:
If your project was previously turned down, archived, or deleted due to a licensing conflict that is now resolved, you may re-submit it as a new project. Supporters from past projects cannot be applied to a future project.

Resolved Past Licensing Conflicts
We now welcome projects based on the following licenses that used to have conflicts:
  • Doctor Who - February 2014

If a project receives 10,000 votes of support, it is considered by a Lego review board, which decides whether the project is suitable to be produced commercially. This does not mean that Lego is definitely going to license and produce Doctor Who toys, but it does mean that they now consider it a possibility.

This has also raised concerns about the current Doctor Who Character Building system produced by Character Options, which is compatible with Lego, with rumours stating that their license to produce such toys is close to its end.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 340

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

BBC Doctor Who Adventures wants readers to design a Mixed-Up Monster to create the ultimate crazy creature.

Editor, Moray Laing, says: "We want to know what readers think would make the ultimate creature made up from other monster parts. Would the scariest design have the head of an Angel, legs of a Cyberman and arms of a Zygon? We want to know, and can’t wait to see what readers come up with!"

  • You’ll find essential facts about the Weeping Angels - one of the Doctor’s deadliest enemies!
  • Spotted! Pictures of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman filming new adventures on the streets of Cardiff.
  • Time travelling quiz - find out if you are more likely to travel to the past or future.
  • 15 mega monster secrets - the truth behind the beasts.
  • Win Doctor Who playsets and loads of Lego Movie goodies.
  • An exciting comic strip featuring an unseen adventure with the Eleventh Doctor and Clara - use the free Blippar app to bring the comic strip to life!
  • Use Blippar for more Weeping Angel scares, too!
  • All this, plus the latest news, posters, puzzles…

FREE GIFT: Don't miss your free Make-Your-Own Wind-Up-Angel kit!

Don’t miss it! And if you see a Weeping Angel, remember, don’t blink.

Issue 340 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from tomorrow at all good newsagents until 11th March priced £2.99 per copy.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Series 8 - Samuel Anderson to Star as Recurring Character

The BBC have announced that a new recurring character is to feature in the next series of Doctor Who, read on for further details:

Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Emmerdale) is set to join the cast of Doctor Who as a recurring character in series eight, which will also introduce Peter Capaldi as the Doctor to millions of viewers for the first time.  Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches. 

On joining the show Samuel Anderson said: "I was so excited to join Doctor Who I wanted to jump and click my heels, but I was scared I might not come down before filming started! It’s a quintessential part of British culture and I can’t believe I’m part of it. It’s an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!"

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: "For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the Tardis. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days it’s the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who!"

Filming recently began on episode 4 of the new series which will co-star Robert Goodman (Gangs of New York, Game of Thrones) and episode 5, co-starring Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch, Groove High), and Pippa Bennett-Warner (The Smoke, Death in Paradise).

Series eight of Doctor Who is currently being filmed and will broadcast this Autumn on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Essential Doctor Who - Cybermen

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

The first edition is devoted to the Cybermen, the emotionless silver giants that first appeared in Doctor Who in 1966 and most recently menaced Matt Smith’s Doctor in his final adventure.

The Essential Doctor Who: Cybermen is a lavish and comprehensive guide featuring details of every Cyberman episode.

There are new and previously unpublished interviews with the writers, designers and actors who brought the Cybermen to life, details of an unmade Cyberman story from the 1970s and even a guide to walking like a Cyberman by Doctor Who’s choreographer. Details of Cyberman comics, novels, audio stories, toys and collectables complete this essential guide to one of the Doctor’s most enduring adversaries.

The Essential Doctor Who: Cybermen is on sale from 23rd March at all good newsagents priced £9.99 per copy.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 339

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

IN ISSUE 339...
Zygon Facts!
Dalek Interview!
Monster Poll Results!
Win a REAL Dalek!
Make a Dalek Puppet Eyestalk!
Alien Babies!
Amazing Posters!

FREE GIFT: Don't miss your FREE monster stationery set. It comes with exclusive shiny Alien Babies stickers, a pad, two pencils, a Dalek pencil topper and a carry case!

Issue 339 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 25th February priced £2.99 per copy.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Series 7 Action Figures - Wave 2

Character Options have revealed their second assortment of Doctor Who series seven action figures, now produced in the new scale of 3.75", read on for further details:

A great gift for fans of any age, these highly detailed, realistic and poseable action figures include some iconic characters from Doctor Who. Re-enact scenes from The Time of the Doctor using the Twelfth Doctor Regenerated figure or create your own adventures across space and time.

Battle against some famous foes like the supreme beings that are the Daleks, the terrifying Weeping Angels or the Zygon which are all included in this exciting collection of Doctor Who 3.75" scale action figures.

The Eleventh Doctor (with Sonic Screwdriver)
The Regenerated Twelfth Doctor 
Clara Oswald (with Satchel)
Screaming Weeping Angel
Assault Dalek
Imperial Guard Dalek

Each character also has its own Doctor Who Tardis-shaped display base (Dalek action figures do not include display base).

The wave is on sale from 3rd March at all good toy stores priced £6.99 each.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 470

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

The new issue of Doctor Who magazine is out now, and looks back on Matt Smith’s four years as the Doctor.

"A big part of me wanted to stay because it’s a wonderful job and he’s a wonderful character. My life will never be the same. I’ll never play another part quite like this…"

Also in this issue:
  • Model-maker extraordinaire Mike Tucker and members of the Model Unit talk exclusively to DWM about creating the visual effects for Doctor Who in 1980s.
  • Doctor Who‘s new executive producer Brian Michin writes exclusively for DWM in Production Notes.
  • A detailed look at the Fact of Fiction of 1980′s Meglos.
  • The Blood of Azrael - the first part of a new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Clara.
  • The Time Team welcome Donna aboard the Tardis as they watch Partners in Crime.
  • A preview of the recently rediscovered The Web of Fear on DVD.
  • A review of the newly released Moonbase DVD from Matthew Sweet.
  • Jacqueline Rayner debates the ethics of telling the truth to her children in Relative Dimensions.
  • The Watcher his favourite Doctor Who planets, and outs another helpless supporting artiste in Wotcha!.
  • Reviews of the latest DVDs, CDs and books.
  • Competitions, puzzles, and much more!

Issue 470 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from tomorrow at all good newsagents until 5th March priced £4.99 per copy.