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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Deep Breath - Exclusive Cinema Event in London

The BBC are to premiere the opening episode of the next of Doctor Who, Deep Breath in select cinemas at the same time as its TV broadcast, but today, they have revealed an exclusive cinema event for the episode

Doctor Who Series 8 Premiere Deep Breath to be Screened in Cinemas Across UK and Ireland
As part of BBC Worldwide’s global event celebrations to mark Peter Capaldi’s debut series of Doctor Who, UK fans will have the opportunity to see the first episode of Series 8 in cinemas in the UK and Ireland, as well as on BBC One, on 23rd August 2014.

To celebrate the launch of series 8, an exclusive cinema event will take place at London’s Odeon, Leicester Square on August 23rd with some very special guests in attendance. This one-off event will feature a ‘never seen before’ 5 minute video from an upcoming Doctor Who DVD release and a special 10 minute behind-the-scenes of episode 1 feature, followed by a Q&A with the guest stars that will be streamed LIVE into participating Cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

A limited number of tickets for the Leicester Square Cinema Event will be available to the public and can be purchased from, on Friday 1st August at 10:00am. Cinema tickets for other participating cinemas will go on sale Friday 1st August from 11:00am. More information regarding cinemas screening the episode and showing the live stream of the Q&A from the Leicester Square Cinema Event will be made available from

This year’s screenings follow the huge success of the global cinema screenings for the show’s record-breaking 50th anniversary episode - The Day of the Doctor - in November 2013. In addition to the episode being simulcast on TV in 98 territories, fans were also able to enjoy the episode on the big screen in over 1500 cinemas around the world.

Stephen Davies, Director for Live Events, said "Following the tremendous success of the 50th anniversary screenings, this is another wonderful opportunities for fans to get together to celebrate another major milestone and enjoy the amazing opening episode of the Peter Capaldi era on the big screen."

Viewers who also choose to see the episode in cinemas will also get the see the DVD exclusive and behind-the-scenes video. Doctor Who will return on Saturday 23rd August to BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed. In other news: Four new promo images from Deep Breath have been released, you can view them here.

Series 8 - Further Details

Doctor Who has made the front cover of many sci-fi related magazines recently, as new Doctor Peter Capaldi and current companion Jenna Coleman explains what to expect in the new series:

Sci-Fi Now
"The constituency of the audience needs to be reassured that it’s fine. Whether it’s fine or not, I’m not sure. The Doctor is as he has always been, and he is also totally different. That’s the great thing about Doctor Who; it carries its past with it all the time, so he brings the past with him, even if he’s different."

"I think if people think he’s different, they’re really meaning in contrast to Matt and David, who were both very amiable. He’s probably not as user friendly as they are. But he’s still unmistakably Doctor Who."

He adds: "I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for every single Doctor that there’s been, so I just sort of stand on their shoulders. It’s due to each and every one of their individual talent and charisma and gifts that the show’s still here. So I don’t have a specific Doctor that I look to, but I look to them all, and I do look to them all."

On Clara and the Doctor’s relationship Capaldi says: "It’s not romantic, but it’s not without love."

Coleman adds: "The new Doctor is unapologetic and a lot less patient. He’ll get the same job done, but he won’t beat around the bush at all; he’s straight to the point, he’s direct, he hasn’t got the patience of a human. He’s a lot fiercer, bolder, darker, but he’s got this curiosity, this mad curiosity… He’ll keep pushing the line further and further into danger to try and satisfy his curiosity, to try and find things out."

On Clara’s day-to-day life Coleman says: "In the same way we had Victorian Clara leading a double life, this Clara has a life of home, school, her domestic life, her domestic bliss, her flat in Shoreditch, and then the Doctor will bring the Tardis and land in the bedroom or land in the stationary cupboard at school, and then she’ll go off on her adventures. But she’s very strict about him returning her at exactly the right time so she doesn’t miss anything on Earth. So in a way she is kind of having her cake and eating it, but what she really doesn’t want is the double life to collide in any way. It has to be completely separate, and that is the control freak Clara coming through."

Entertainment Weekly
Does this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly defy the laws of physics by being bigger on the inside than it would appear from looking at its exterior? Fans of the British science fiction show Doctor Who may well think so. For this week’s cover story, senior writer Clark Collis travels to the UK to meet with Peter Capaldi, the new star of the now 51-year-old time travel saga, and to find out what fans can expect from the forthcoming season of Doctor Who, which premieres on BBC America on August 23rd. "He’s more alien than we’ve seen him for a while," says the actor, speaking about his version of the eccentric Time Lord. "He is less patient with the foibles of human beings."

Thankfully, the whole Who team were patient with EW‘s probing about the new, hush-hush season. In addition to Capaldi, Collis also spoke with the actor’s costar Jenna Coleman and showrunner Steven Moffat who tackled such burning as questions as "Will Capaldi’s previous appearances in the Who universe be referenced this season?" and "What will happen in the two-part finale?" Collis even got to drive the Doctor’s bigger-on-the-inside time- and space-ship the Tardis and did so without busting anything which, according to production designer Michael Pickwoad, makes him a more careful temporal navigator than previous Who star Matt Smith ("He was very good at breaking things"). We also persuade Capaldi to talk about the old monsters he’d like his Doctor to face and offer a sartorial breakdown of the Time Lord’s many looks through the show’s half-century history. Never seen Doctor Who (and feel a bid daunted by that history)? Then feel free to peruse our guide to how you can get into Who.

Doctor Who will return on Saturday 23rd August to BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Impossible Figure Set - FP Exclusive

Underground Toys have revealed a new 5" Doctor Who figure set exclusive to Forbidden Planet, read on for further details:

Clara and the Doctor: Linked through time in the most impossible way!
Clara 'Oswin' Oswald: The Impossible Girl. She and the Doctor first met on the Dalek Asylum planet where she claimed to have been fending off Dalek attacks for a year, making soufflés - where did she get the milk and eggs? Oswin agreed to deactivate the forcefield around the planet, but when human the Doctor went to rescue her, he discovered the terrible truth. Oswin wasn't a girl any longer, but actually an insane Dalek who, unable to cope with her conversion, had retreated into a fantasy world. Oswin fulfilled her promise of helping the Doctor, telling him to "Run. Run, you clever boy, and remember..." They will meet again... and again.

The Doctor, appalled by his inability to save Amy and Rory from the Weeping Angels, retreated to Earth and hid himself and the Tardis away from the universe. Another chance but ill-fated meeting with Clara Oswald in snowy Victorian London pulled him out of his solitude and set him back on a new adventure.... to find the Impossible Girl!

Set Details
Presented here in the Impossible Set, together but apart, are the Eleventh Doctor in his iconic Victorian frock coat from The Snowmen, and Oswin Oswald, the Impossible Girl, in her iconic red dress from Asylum of the Daleks. The Doctor's outfit features his top hat and jacket with fur and brocade detailing. Oswin's outfit is a one piece red dress with her soufflé-making accessory belt. The set is presented in a unique double sided foil embellished SDCC collector pack with 'peep-hole' Dalek eye window on one side and a Victorian winter vista on the other.

  • Eleventh Doctor in Victorian Outfit (with Sonic Screwdriver)
  • Oswin Oswald (with Brunt Soufflé)

The Impossible figure set is on sale from 30th August exclusively at Forbidden Planet stores priced £29.99 per purchase.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 351

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

Where is the most unusual place you’ll take Doctor Who Adventures magazine this summer?
Don’t forget to pack your copy of Doctor Who Adventures magazine this summer! If you’re photographed reading your mag in an unusual place, you could win you a Doctor Who goodie bag…

Doctor Who Adventures editor Moray Laing says: "Whether visiting friends or relatives next door, heading off to a beach… or even popping off to an alien planet or a different time zone - we want to see pictures of readers reading the latest issue in unusual places. We’ll print the best and funniest pictures in a future issue - and our favourite photograph will win a prize!"

Grab the latest issue for more details.

  • The latest news
  • Top tips for being the Doctor’s companion
  • A guide to the Eleventh Doctor’s stories
  • Top 10 Tardis trips
  • Dalek secrets about the Dalek Emperor
  • Strax’s Guide to the Cybermen
  • The Eleventh Doctor appears in the comic strip for a final adventure, written by former script editor Andrew Cartmel
  • A look at filming of the latest series
  • Puzzles, posters and more cool things to win!

This bumper issue comes with four amazing gifts - a Tardis key ring, notepad, stickers and a Sonic pen! Don’t miss it.

Issue 351 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from tomorrow at all good newsagents until 12th August priced £3.99 per copy.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Symphonic Spectacular Coming to the UK

After its success in Australia, the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is set to tour the UK in May next year, read on for further details:

A live musical invasion! The UK premiere of a new version of the hugely popular Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular.

The live show, which was a sell-out on its world premiere in Australia, will enjoy a run of twelve UK performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow. It features well over 100 performers on stage and is conducted by Ben Foster, who conducts and orchestrates the musical scores for the television show. The music will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

The show will also feature Murray's new music for and footage from Doctor Who Series 8, which will be broadcast around the world later this year. The live music will be accompanied by a big screen presentation of key moments and specially edited sequences from the past 50 years of Doctor Who.

Tickets will go on general sale via the event and box office websites at 9:00am on Friday 1st August 2014, with prices starting at £20 per person.

Date, Venue and Times:
Saturday 23rd May - London, SSE Arena Wembley - 3:00pm / 7:30pm
Monday 25th May - Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena - 3:00pm / 7:30pm
Tuesday 26th May - Birmingham, The NIA - 3:00pm / 7:30pm
Wednesday 27th May - Leeds, First Direct Arena - 3:00pm  / 7:30pm
Thursday 28th May - Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena - 3:00pm / 7:30pm
Friday 29th May - Glasgow, SSE Hydro - 3:00pm / 7.30pm

The show features a host of the Doctor’s famous adversaries including the iconic Daleks and Cybermen, the spine-chilling Silence and many more fan favourites. The live monsters provide a dramatic contrast to the evocative and thrilling music written by Murray Gold, who has been responsible for composing music for the series over the last eight years, including the record-breaking (and BAFTA award-winning) 50th anniversary episode The Day or the Doctor.

The show will also feature Murray’s latest score and footage from the forthcoming series 8, which will be broadcast around the world later this summer. The live music will be accompanied by a big screen presentation of key moments and specially edited sequences from the past 50 years of Doctor Who.

Fans will discover the identity of the guest presenter for the UK shows in early 2015. The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular was first presented in Melbourne, Australia in February 2012, it went on to play a further nine sell-out performances at the Sydney Opera House in December 2012 receiving praise from the Australian media and fans alike. The show has continued to draw record figures in Australia and most recently thrilled over 34,000 fans across three cities in New Zealand.

Tickets for the presentations are on sale from 10:00am on 1st August from here while the tour begins next May.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Series 8 - Teaser Trailer 4

The BBC have released a fourth teaser trailer advertising the upcoming eighth series of Doctor Who, you can watch it above. Doctor Who will return on Saturday 23rd August to BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed.

New 12th Doctor Action Figures & Playsets

Character Options have revealed two variants of their 3.75" Twelfth Doctor action figure, set to appear in the next series of Doctor Who played by Peter Capaldi. The figure is included in the second set of Character's current Doctor Who figure wave; currently on sale at all good toystores priced £6.99 each.

Character have also released two new Time Zone playsets based around the Doctor Who series seven episodes The Angels Take Manhattan and Hide, both of which an include exclusive figure and accessories. While The Angels Take Manhattan includes six Cherubs figurines, Hide features the Crooked Man and six clock accessories. Both on sale now at all good toystores priced £9.99 each.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Deep Breath - New Broadcast Details

As with the 50th anniversary special, the BBC have announced that the Doctor Who series eight opening episode Deep Breath is to be simulcast around the world on TV and cinemas, read on for further details:

BBC Worldwide is delighted to announce that the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8 - Peter Capaldi’s debut season in the iconic role - will be screened in cinemas around the world from 23rd August 2014.

This year’s screenings follow the success of the global cinema release of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor which was screened in over 1500 cinemas around the world, allowing fans to come together to watch the show like never before.

Doctor Who makes a spectacular return to the big screen in the feature-length premiere episode of Series 8; Deep Breath. Directed by acclaimed Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) and written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, the beginning of the Twelfth Doctor’s era stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald and sees the return of fan favourites The Paternoster Gang - Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) - in a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London.

Steven Moffat comments, "Last November the Doctor didn’t just conquer the world on television, he did it in the cinemas too. And like the show-off he is, he can’t resist another go - one taste of the silver screen is never enough. On August 23rd the new Doctor will begin his new adventures on BBC One and in cinemas all over the world. Movie-land beware - Capaldi is coming to get you!"

Doctor Who: Deep Breath will be screened in participating cinemas around the world from 23rd August, 2014. More information will be released by BBC Worldwide and participating cinema chains over the coming weeks. For all of the latest information please visit

A time for when the episode will air is yet to be confirmed.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

50th Anniversary DVD & Blu-ray Boxset - Covers & Details

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

For the ultimate Doctor Who fan, BBC Worldwide UK are proud to present a special collection of highlights from the ground-breaking 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, including - for the first time - An Adventure in Space and Time on DVD and Blu-ray.

The limited edition collector’s set (6,000 Blu-ray, 4,000 DVD) includes the 50th anniversary special; The Day of the Doctor, Matt Smith’s Farewell; The Time of the Doctor, the Series 7 finale; The Name of the Doctor, and the Eighth Doctor’s (Paul McGann) surprise regeneration into John Hurt’s War Doctor; The Night of the Doctor.

The collection also includes an exclusive cut of the read-through of The Day of the Doctor featuring Matt Smith and David Tennant, deleted scenes, new-to-DVD cinema trails and Mark Gatiss’ award winning drama about the genesis of Doctor Who; An Adventure in Space and Time. The hilarious Five-ish Doctors - starring Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and a host of special guests - will also be included on a DVD and Blu Ray box for the first time.

  • The Name of the Doctor (Series 7 Episode 13)
  • The Day of the Doctor (50th Anniversary Special)
  • The Time of the Doctor (2013 Christmas Special)

  • Prequels to The Day of the Doctor (The Night of the Doctor / The Last Day)
  • The Day of the Doctor Cinema Intros
  • An Adventure in Space and Time
  • The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
  • 2013 Doctor Who Proms
  • Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide
  • The Science of Doctor Who
  • Tales from the Tardis
  • Farewell to Matt Smith
  • The Day of the Doctor Read-Through
  • Behind the Scenes on Episodes & An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Deleted Scenes

Free Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration brochure for first 500 orders.

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary boxset is on sale from 8th September at all good DVD stores priced £28.99 on DVD format and £31.99 on Blu-ray format.

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 476

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

Showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat gives Doctor Who magazine readers an exclusive guide to the new series of Doctor Who in the latest edition: "Oh, it's a proper blockbuster this episode, so many explosions that Peter Capaldi came in on his day off to watch the Daleks blowing up! I like a Doctor who revels in the destruction of evil in his downtime..."

Also in this issue:
  • Doctor Who's production designer Michael Pickwoad on how to create entire worlds.
  • Former script editor Andrew Cartmel talks to the writers he employed on what could have been Doctor Who's very last season: Ben Aaronovitch, Ian Briggs, Marc Platt and Rona Munro.
  • Terrance Dicks - script editor, writer and novelist supreme - talks about his work on Target's Doctor Who books.
  • DWM pays tribute to the life and times of director Derek Martinus, the man who introduced the Cybermen, Ice Warriors and Autons to Doctor Who.
  • The Fact of Fiction takes a detailed look at the 1982 Fifth Doctor adventure, Kinda.
  • The Crystal Throne ­- the brand new comic strip adventure starring Vastra, Jenny and Strax continues.
  • The Time Team watch the Doctor meet River Song for the first time in Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead.
  • Jacqueline Rayner and her family get World Cup fever as they wait for the start of the new series in Relative Dimensions.
  • The Watcher poses more questions and reveals dubious secrets from the archives in Wotcha!
  • Reviews and previews of the latest CDs and books.
  • Official news, the DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Issue 476 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 20th August priced £4.99 per copy.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Series 8 - SFX Magazine Reveal New Details

The latest edition of SFX magazine features five collectible Doctor Who-themed covers. Included inside is an interview with executive producer Steven Moffat on the new series as well as details to all twelve episodes, read on for further details:

Dave Bradley, editor-in-chief of SFX, says "We’re thrilled to have this first cover with Peter Capaldi - and bonus covers with all his gang! Doctor Who remains a favourite with all our readers. A month ahead of the show's return to our screens, this is a great chance to chat with the head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat about what's in store for the new Doctor."

  • 8.01: Clara trying to cope with her best friend being someone else. A terrifying monster.
  • 8.02: Gritty Dalek ep that goes into the last place in the universe the Doctor should be.
  • 8.03: Very funny Robin Hood story all about being a hero and whether the Doctor is a good man.
  • 8.04: The story of a date and the Doctor having what appears to be a mild nervous breakdown. Tiny guest cast, no CGI. A bit of Coupling. Quite scary.
  • 8.05: A Doctor Who heist movie with a cracking monster, one of Neill Gorton’s best.
  • 8.06: What effect would slipping away with the Doctor have on your life? A hoot with some serious bits. Bit like The Lodger.
  • 8.07: Proper drama with monsters and all the Doctor Who stuff that you could want. Also features a callback to a past episode (sort of).
  • 8.08: Moffat playing the long game with a callback to something from Matt’s first series. A brilliant idea of a monster. Foxes singing.
  • 8.09: A horror story that starts off with a very cute idea and becomes really quite frightening by the end. One of the best ever sight gags in it.
  • 8.10: Boldly beautiful, lyrical and poetic. A fairytale, but not Moffat fairytale. Quite different with a clever main visual idea
  • 8.11/12: High octane action, with Cybermen and some proper UNIT stuff. Strong emotional story about Clara and the Doctor and the fact that the way they interact might not be healthy for everyone around them.

Moffat also reveals there will be a number of outfits throughout the course of the upcoming run: "I think there’s always something a little bit formal about the Doctor. Oddly enough in this series, for whatever reason, he seems to be wearing different outfits far more often than the Doctor normally does. He’s got his basic outfit but he’s in a spacesuit in one of them, and he’s a caretaker in another one and then he’s all dressed up in a later episode."

"He does vary it a bit. And he mixes up the basic costume, hugely. We’ve tended to see  the white shirt version in public but actually the one I like best is when he wears the jumper under his coat. I think he looks like a submarine commander, like an old sailor or something. It makes him all rugged and handsome!"

However, Moffat says the final costume did bring up its own concerns: "There was an issue simply because it’s quite dark as a costume and it’s a show that largely takes place in a tunnel. I kept saying ‘We are going to be able to see him, aren’t we?’ I suppose the red lining helps, when the flaps are open."

Issue 251 also goes behind the scenes on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and analyses the future of superheroes on TV with a complete guide to the upcoming shows Gotham, Constantine, The Flash, Agent Carter and more. The issue also features interviews with geek icon Felicia Day, director Luc Besson, and top fantasy author Robin Hobb. 

Issue 251 of SFX magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents priced £4.99 per copy.

Monday, 21 July 2014

World Tour - New Venue for Korean Leg

Due to complaints of limited capacity, BBC Worldwide have now moved the Korean Leg of the Doctor Who world tour (helping to promote series eight) to a new venue, read on for further details:

More than 1000 fans in Seoul will now have the chance to attend a fan event and watch the first episode of the latest season of Doctor Who, in a new venue for the World Tour's South Korean leg. The fan event will now take place on August 9 at the Grand Ballroom at 63 Building in Seoul. Fans will be able to buy tickets to the event which will include an appearance by the new Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, and his on-screen companion, played by Jenna Coleman.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 25th July at 9:00am (KST). Fans will be able to purchase online from Tickets are priced at 15,000 and 12,000 KRW.

"Fans are at the heart of everything we do. We have listened to and taken our fans advice", said Soojin Chung, GM, BBC Worldwide Korea. "The new venue will allow many more fans to participate in the fan event and the contests we have planned will allow as many Doctor Who fans as possible to get their hands on tickets - whether they are in Seoul or not."

In the lead-up to the landing of the Doctor Who World Tour in Seoul, BBC Worldwide will host two competitions, giving fans the opportunity to win tickets to the fan event:

Starting Tuesday 22nd July, the Tardis will be popping up in prominent locations in Seoul. Fans who spot it can take a creative picture of themselves with the Tardis, and tweet us in the picture showing us how much they love Doctor Who. Fans should post to their photo to Twitter with the hashtag #tardisinseoul and the most creative pictures stand to win tickets to the fan event. The Tardis locations will be announced on our Twitter account @doctorwho_kor with the first location posted on Monday 21st July at 9:00pm Korea time. The full competition terms and conditions will be posted on Fans can start tweeting their entries from 12:00pm on Tuesday 22nd July until 11:59pm Sunday 27th July when the competition closes (all times KST).

Fans who aren't able to spot the Tardis in Seoul can still win tickets to the event. A template for a mini cut-out Tardis will be shared on Twitter at doctorwho_kor. Fans will be able to download this to use in their photos. Similar to the first competition, the most creative pictures, hashtagged #tardisinseoul stand to win tickets. The exact start date and time of this competition will be announced on Twitter. 50 pairs of tickets are up for grabs for each of the two competitions.

Doctor Who: The World Tour will begin in the UK on August 7th and finish in Brazil on August 19th. It will see Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and on-screen companion Jenna Coleman visiting seven cities across five continents in twelve days to take part in a series of media and fan engagements to publicise the shows forthcoming Series 8 to a global audience.

In other news: The BBC's annual report for 2013 has revealed that the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor was the most-watched programme on BBC television last year.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Series 7 Action Figures - Wave 3

Character Options have revealed their third 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 the hit TV show Doctor Who. Re-enact scenes from The Time of the Doctor using the Twelfth Doctor Regenerated figure; your favourite storylines form series 7 with the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond or simply create your own adventures across space and time.

Battle against some famous foes like the supreme beings that are the Daleks, which are also included in this exciting collection of Doctor Who 3.75" scale action figures. Each character has its own red Doctor Who display base (Dalek action figures do not include display base).

The Tenth Doctor (with Sonic Screwdriver)
The Eleventh Doctor (with Sonic Screwdriver)
The Regenerated Twelfth Doctor
Amy Pond
Asylum Dalek
Genesis of the Daleks Dalek

The wave is on sale from 31st August at all good toy stores priced £6.99 each.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Series 8 Script Leak - BBC Thanks Fans

After five scripts from the next series of Doctor Who leaked online, the BBC plead to any fans who found them not to share them on fan sites and social media for other fans who wanted to wait for the episodes' broadcasts. Today, the BBC issued the following statement:

We would like to thank Doctor Who fans everywhere for their amazing efforts in helping us contain the recent leaks.

The mistake was damaging and resulted in the exposure of five scripts and the first six unfinished episodes from Series 8 on a publicly accessible FTP site. While there is still a risk that this leak will result in more of this content emerging, so far the impact has been contained to a limited amount of this material through a combination of fans efforts and the plan that we put in place using new technology and internal manpower to limit any illegal activity.

We would particularly like to thank the fansite moderators and Doctor Who devotees who have actively protected the programme. BBC Worldwide has taken this issue extremely seriously and disciplinary action has been implemented as a result of the incident.

Our sincere apologies again to Steven Moffat, the cast and production team who toil long hours to make the show in Cardiff, the BBC, and of course the fans who expect so much better.

The new series of Doctor Who will officially premiere on Saturday 23rd August on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed. 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Secret Lives of Monsters - Cover & Details

BBC Books have revealed the cover and the details of a new Doctor Who reference book, read on for further details

Ignorance is not bliss. It is the alien invader’s greatest advantage.

Tales of unearthly beings have long circulated among us, from legends of intelligent life on Earth before Homo Sapiens to conspiracy theories about what really happened at the Battle of Canary Wharf. But the truth is that alien life exists - and here, at last, is proof.

Based on exclusive access to classified government files, The Secret Lives of Monsters collects evidence that has been suppressed for centuries - notes from clandestine meetings, reports of eyewitness accounts, never-before-seen images and documents, secrets provided by a mysterious agent known only as ‘the Doctor’, and more. It reveals all we know about aliens who are already here, and provides essential information to survive future invasions.

So don’t panic. You are not weaponless. The Secret Lives of Monsters will give you the greatest weapon of all: knowledge.

Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters is on sale from 9th October at all good books stores priced £20.00

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

First 12th Doctor Novels - Covers & Details

BBC Books have revealed the covers and details of three new Doctor Who novels; the first to feature the Twelfth Doctor. Read on for further details:

SILHOUETTE - by Justin Richards
"Vastra and Strax and Jenny? Oh no, we don’t need to bother them. Trust me."

Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra. Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran. The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers.

How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all? As the Doctor and Clara joint the hunt for the truth they find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one are what they seem.

THE BLOOD CELL - by James Goss
"Release the Doctor - or the killing will start."

An asteroid in the furthest reaches of space - the most secure prison for the most dangerous of criminals. The Governor is responsible for the cruellest murderers. So he’s not impressed by the arrival of the man they’re calling the most dangerous criminal in the quadrant. Or, as he prefers to be known, the Doctor.

But when the new prisoner immediately sets about trying to escape, and keeps trying, the Governor sets out to find out why. Who is the Doctor and what’s he really doing here? And who is the young woman who comes every day to visit him, only to be turned away by the guards? When the killing finally starts, the Governor begins to get his answers…

"Well, I doubt you’ll ever see a bigger insect."

Gabby Nichols is putting her son to bed when she hears her daughter cry out. ‘Mummy there’s a daddy longlegs in my room!’ Then the screaming starts… Kevin Alperton is on his way to school when he is attacked by a mosquito. A big one. Then things get dangerous.

But it isn’t the dead man cocooned inside a huge mass of web that worries the Doctor. It isn’t the swarming, mutated insects that make him nervous. With the village cut off from the outside world, and the insects becoming more and more dangerous, the Doctor knows that unless he can decode the strange symbols engraved on an ancient stone circle, and unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War, no one is safe.

All three novels are on sale from 9th September at all good bookstores priced £5.89 each.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Series 8 - Official Trailer

The BBC have released the first official TV trailer for the upcoming eighth series of Doctor Who which is currently being shown in between show breaks on various BBC channels, you can watch it above. Doctor Who returns on Saturday 23rd August to BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 350

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

Is your family the Ultimate Doctor Who family?
Doctor Who Adventures magazine is looking for the ultimate Doctor Who family in the UK.
There will be Doctor Who goodie bags stuffed with prizes for the overall winner and three runner-up families - and readers can enter, no matter how big or small their family is, for a chance to win.

Doctor Who Adventures editor Moray Laing says: "The search is on! Does your family live and breathe Doctor Who? Do you own the biggest Doctor Who collection? Perhaps you all like to dress up as the Doctor, monsters or companions and watch the episodes? We want to know so that we can find the ultimate family!"

Make sure you get the latest issue for more details. 

  • Alien Babies comic fun
  • The latest news
  • Use the free app Blippar to upgrade yourself into a Cyberman or take the Tardis on a special journey into time and space!
  • Our MonsterChef makes terrors on toast
  • Davros facts!
  • A guide to the Weeping Angels
  • Photo special about the new series
  • Adventures for the Doctor and Clara in the comic strip - written by Richard Cookson, who recently worked on Doctor Who as script editor
  • Five Fantastic posters!

Issue 350 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale now at all good newsagents until 15th July priced £2.99 per copy. In other news: Unfinished episode cuts from the new series of Doctor Who have leaked online. BBC Worldwide stated "This is part of BBC Worldwide’s ongoing security investigation into leaked unfinished Doctor Who materials. This content is currently being removed and originates from the same Miami server disabled last week, it is not a new issue."

Friday, 11 July 2014

How to be a Time Lord: Official Guide - Cover & Details

BBC Books have revealed the cover and details of a new Doctor Who reference book, read on for further details:

How to be a Time Lord - Official Guide
This official Doctor Who guide is essential reading for all wannabe Time Lords. Written as a gift from the Eleventh Doctor to the newly-regenerated Twelfth, it contains everything you need to know to be just like him.

So if you’ve ever wondered if you’d make the grade in the Time Lord Academy, or how to fly the Tardis, or the correct way to dip your fish finger in custard, then this is the book for you!

Doctor Who: How to be a Time Lord - Official Guide is on sale from 2nd October at all good book stores priced £9.99 per copy.

Series 8 - Sanjeev Bhaskar to Guest Star

The BBC have announced the reveal of another guest star to feature in the next series of Doctor Who, read on for further details:

Popular comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar is to join the cast of Doctor Who when the series returns to BBC One on 23rd August.

Speaking about the role, Bhaskar said: "I’m thrilled to have made a small contribution to and now be part of the Doctor Who universe. Another dream box ticked!"

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, said: "I’m completely thrilled that Sanjeev Bhaskar is coming to the aid of the Doctor. The danger is never deadlier than in a finale episode, and the Time Lord is going to need all the help he can get!"

Filming is well underway for Series 8 of Doctor Who. Guest stars confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series include Michelle Gomez, Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris.

Doctor Who returns on Saturday 23rd August to BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Deep Breath - First Promo

The BBC have released a new promo from the opening episode of the upcoming eighth series of Doctor Who, Deep Breath. Entertainment Weekly also provided the following article regarding the new series, read on for further details:

Brace yourselves, Whovians: Long-running cult obsession Doctor Who returns to BBC One on 23rd August with a new star, Peter Capaldi, and a new attitude. Compared with Matt Smith’s previous Doctor, Capaldi’s lead character is "a lot fiercer," says Jenna Coleman, who plays his traveling companion, Clara Oswald. "This man is a total adrenaline junkie."

If you don’t count John Hurt’s one-and-done performance in last year’s 50th-anniversary special, Capaldi is the 12th actor to play the show’s Doctor, a two-hearted alien who travels through space - and time - in his ship, the Tardis, and periodically regenerates his outward form. The announcement that Capaldi would replace Smith was simulcast last August on Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor. For the most part the casting was received warmly by fans thanks to Capaldi’s Who-tastic résumé, including an appearance in a 2008 episode of the show and in the 2009 spin-off miniseries, Torchwood: Children of Earth. As one commenter wrote at the time, "If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you already know him."

The Scottish actor - whose other credits include World War Z and The Fifth Estate - then made the briefest of cameos in the anniversary show before debuting properly at the end of the 2013 special Christmas episode. His first official ep - the feature-length season premiere titled Deep Breath - is set in Victorian England and promises the return of the so-called Paternoster Gang, a trio of detectives made up of the dome-headed alien Strax (Dan Starkey), the lizard-like Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), and her human wife, Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart).

But that’s almost beside the point. "It’s a big introduction - he’s the new Doctor," says executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat, who penned the premiere. "There’s no point pretending that it’s not the most interesting, dynamic thing that you’ve got to sell in that first episode. It’s going to be about ‘What’s he like? How’s he different?’ I suppose it feels a bit like a character piece, but there’s plenty of action and nonsense and jeopardy, as there ever is in Doctor Who."

Doctor Who will return on Saturday 23rd August to BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Series 8 - Scripts for Episodes 1-5 Leak Online

The BBC are appealing to fans of Doctor Who not to spoil the upcoming series after a number of scripts from episodes 1-5 leaked online. The scripts were sent to the BBC Worldwide headquarters in Miami, USA and were due for to be translated for the Latin America market. 

The scripts appear to be available for view from the BBC Worldwide website which was left open for public indexing meaning that scripts from other BBC programmes were accessible to anyone. The BBC issued the following statement:

BBC Worldwide is currently investigating a security issue around Series 8 where unfinished material has inadvertently been made public. We deeply regret this and apologise to all the show’s fans, the BBC and the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly making the series.

We would like to make a plea to anyone who might have any of this material and spoilers associated with it not to share it with a wider audience so that everyone can enjoy the show as it should be seen when it launches. We know only too well that fans are the best in the world and we thank them for their help with this and their continued loyalty.

Series eight of Doctor Who will officially premiere on Saturday 23rd August on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is yet to be confirmed.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Series 8 - Teaser Trailer 3

The BBC have released a third teaser trailer advertising the upcoming eighth series of Doctor Who, you can watch it above. Doctor Who will return on Saturday 23rd August to BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed. In other news: Recent rumours indicate that the Daleks will return in the second episode of the new series rumoured to be titled Into the Dalek with the plot involving the Doctor and Clara venturing inside a Dalek. 

Deep Breath - to Premiere as Part of World Tour

The BBC have confirmed that series eight of Doctor Who will have its world premiere in Cardiff as part of the production team's global tour, read on for further details:

The much-anticipated new series of Doctor Who will have its world premiere in Cardiff on August 7th, BBC Wales has announced today.

Marking the start of the BBC One hit sci-fi drama’s spectacular world tour, the premiere will be fans’ first chance to see Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor alongside Jenna Coleman as on-screen companion Clara in episode one of the new series.

The stars will be attending the lunchtime St David’s Hall red carpet event, together with lead writer and producer Steven Moffat. Tickets will be available to the public from St David’s Hall Box Office from Monday, 7th July.

The feature-length premiere episode of the eighth series entitled Deep Breath will land on BBC One on Saturday 23rd August, 2014.

BBC Wales director Rhodri Talfan Davies said, "Doctor Who is getting even bigger and even better - and it's a real thrill that the show's fans here in Wales will be the very first to see the new Doctor at this very special premiere screening. Doctor Who has been made in Wales for almost ten years - and we're so proud of its worldwide success."

Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise, Cllr Peter Bradbury, said, "We are delighted that St David's Hall, the National Concert Hall of Wales will be the host venue for this exciting worldwide premier."

"The launch of the Doctor Who world tour will be a fantastic event in our city and no doubt a highlight on our cultural calendar. We look forward to welcoming fans from across Europe to enjoy the hospitality of St David's Hall."

The event is held in association with BFI Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, the full programme for which will be announced later this month.

…next stop; London!

Tickets will be available from 10:00am on 7th July from St David’s Hall Box Office on 029 2087 8444 or online here from the official website.

Series 8 - Episode 10 Writer Confirmed

The BBC have confirmed the final writer to contribute a story for the next series of Doctor Who, read on for further details:

Children’s novelist and writer for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony Frank Cottrell Boyce completes the line-up of writers for series 8 of the hit BBC One show Doctor Who.

Cottrell Boyce’s episode for the eagerly-anticipated eighth series will feature a cast of child actors including Harley Bird, the voice of household favourite Peppa Pig, alongside Abigail Eames (Harry and Paul, The Crimson Field), Ashley Foster (The Woman in Black) and Jaydon Harris-Wallace (CITV Text Santa).

Also known for films such as 24 Hour Party People and Millions (directed by Danny Boyle), Cottrell Boyce says: "Of all the thrills that pen and paper have brought into my life, there’s nothing that quite compares to the buzz of unlimited possibility that rushes through your fingers and into your brain when you write the words: ‘Interior … Tardis’."

"I was flabbergasted to be asked to write an episode - partly because I’ve been so absorbed in the last few series that I’d sort of forgotten that it wasn’t real."

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive roducer, says: "Frank's script is pure magic - and everything I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics opening ceremony! Doctor Who is born anew in the mind of a genius!"

The episode will be directed by Sheree Folkson (Casanova, Hit & Miss), and produced by Paul Frift (Escape Artist, Best Possible Taste, Restless).

Other writers confirmed for the eighth series are Mark Gatiss, Phil Ford, Gareth Roberts, Peter Harness, Steve Thompson and Jamie Mathieson.

Doctor Who returns on Saturday 23rd August to BBC One and BBC One HD.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Electronic Sonic Screwdriver Collection - Wave 3

Character Options have announced the release of their third wave of electronic Sonic Screwdriver toys, read on for further details:

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.

The collection includes The Third Doctor’s (V2), the Eighth Doctor’s, the Ninth Doctor’s and the Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver that all feature realistic sound FX. The Ninth and Eleventh Doctors’ Sonic Screwdrivers also feature light FX. All four require 3 x L1154 batteries.

The Sonic Screwdriver toys are on sale from 24th August exclusively at Forbidden Planet stores priced £9.99 each.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 349

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

Get creative with the latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures magazine and you could win a Sonic Screwdriver universal remote control. This doesn’t mean you can control the universe with it, but it will control electronic devices such as a TV or Blu-ray player.

The magazine would like readers to tell them what they would do if they had their own sonic - and the top three answers will win a universal remote control of their very own.

ALSO, this issue sees the start of an exciting new-feature - MONSTERCHEF! Discover how to turn a pizza into a brilliant monster meal... Grab the latest issue for more details!

  • A guide to the Eleventh Doctor’s episodes
  • What would happen if the Weeping Angels teamed up with the Daleks?
  • What do we knew about the new series so far? Check out the latest photos!
  • Dalek secrets!
  • How would you battle aliens?
  • Strax’s Guide to Zygons
  • Adventures for the Doctor and Clara in the comic strip - written by former Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel.
  • Fantastic posters!
  • Win a loads of goodies
  • Plus puzzles and loads of the usual monster fun…

Issue 349 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 15th July priced £2.99 per copy.