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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Big Finish - Further New Series Doctor Who Stories

Big Finish have issued the details of several new Doctor Who audio plays, all of which will feature characters from the new series of Doctor Who, read on for further details:

Doom Coalition 2
Leading this new wave of adventures is Alex Kingston as River Song, the beloved Time Lord archaeologist who first appeared in 2008’s Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead.

River will be stepping into the era of the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) for Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2, alongside Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) and Helen Sinclair (Hattie Morahan). But how can River help her husband if, in this incarnation, she must never actually meet him?

"The idea of River meeting previous Doctors was actually proposed by Steven Moffat," says producer David Richardson, "and it’s just irresistible, isn’t it? Alex embraced the idea of returning to the role, and so she will be starring in no less than two box sets next year. And yes, we are still pinching ourselves!"

The Diary of River Song
River will then return later in 2016 in Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song, an epic four-hour adventure that takes River across space and time, seeking out the secret rulers of the universe. Paul McGann will reprise the role of the Eighth Doctor in the final instalment.

The Churchill Years
The New Series adventures will continue in Doctor Who: The Churchill Years, in which Ian McNeice returns as the indomitable Winston Churchill. In the four-hour saga, Winston relates a number of encounters with the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in his memoirs, battling alien incursions, metamorphosing creatures… and a Dalek! The stories are told by Ian McNeice, supported by a full cast of guest actors, including Danny Horn as Kazran Sardick, in a story taking place within the 2010 special A Christmas Carol.

"Ian has played Churchill in just four episode on TV, and yet it feels like it was many more," says executive producer Nicholas Briggs. "It was such a brilliant, definitive performance, and how wonderful that we will be continuing Churchill’s adventures with the Doctor on audio."

Classic Doctors, New Monsters
Finally, the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors will face a new generation of monsters in Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters, a brand new, four-story run featuring creatures from the New Series. Peter Davison takes on the Weeping Angels, Colin Baker encounters the Judoon, Sylvester McCoy will meet the Sycorax… and Paul McGann will face a new clone batch of Sontarans on the edge of the Time War…

"It’s the ultimate mash-up,” says executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, "and we have some great scripts lined up for these landmark stories. There is no doubt that 2016 is going to be a brilliant year for Big Finish!"

All four boxsets will be released at different points in 2016, further release details are to be confirmed.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Into the Dalek - Time Zone Set

Character Options have issued the details of a new Doctor Who Time Zone play set exclusive to Argos, as part of their 3.75" action figures and sets:

A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help it now. With the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side.

Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever, he is forced to examine his conscience and ask himself whether he is truly a good man.

Figures Included:
Twelfth Doctor
Clara Oswald (in Tartan Skirt)
Rusty the Dalek (with Electronic Glide Action)
Black Dalek (in Black Hovabout Vehicle)
Bronze Dalek

The Into the Dalek Time Zone play set is on sale now exclusively at Argos stores priced £49.99.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 488

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

Movie and TV star David Warner - known to Doctor Who fans as Professor Grisenko in Cold War as well as the Doctor himself in Big Finish’s Doctor Who Unbound series - is among the interview subjects in Doctor Who magazine issue 488…

Also in this issue is Ingrid Oliver, who tells DWM about her joy at Osgood’s unexpected return.

"When I died, I was like ‘Oh. That’s a shame. That is a shame." I really didn’t think I would return," Ingrid tells DWM, revealing that she was shocked at the response to the UNIT operative’s demise. "I can’t watch myself on TV, so I deliberately made the decision to go out. And then I got a text from my agent saying, ‘Oh my God, you’re trending on Twitter!’ It was absolute insanity to me."


Doctor Who’s resident special effects supervisor Danny Hargreaves reveals the science behind blowing stuff up - but don’t try this at home!

Cold War’s Professor Grisenko ­- movie and TV star David Warner - chats about his brief era as the Doctor, and shares some fascinating stories from a career spanning six decades.

DWM’s history of Doctor Who on home video reaches its final part, with the dawn of a new shiny new format. DVD took the series into remastered territory, and made it look better than it ever had before.

The Fact of Fiction heads to Voga - the planet of gold - to reveal fascinating facts about the 1975 Fourth Doctor adventure Revenge of the Cybermen.

Will the Doctor and Clara defeat the macabre plans of Dr Audley, and has Winnie really betrayed them? The comic strip adventure Blood and Ice - written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty - reaches its thrilling conclusion.

Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions and pays tribute to 1980s Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner.

DWM talks to Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford, novelist AL Kennedy and actor Jon Culshaw to preview upcoming books and audios from the worlds of Doctor Who.

All the latest official news, reviews, Relative Dimensions, The Time Team, competitions and the DWM Crossword.

Issue 488 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale now until 22nd July priced £4.99.

Friday, 19 June 2015

The Essential Doctor Who - Monsters

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

The Essential Doctor Who - Monsters
Horror has been Doctor Who’s most consistent genre since the Daleks first threatened viewers in 1963. The metal-cased mutants are still notorious, but the programme’s shadows are occupied by many equally grotesque and disturbing creatures.

This is a comprehensive guide to the monsters that have been haunting our nightmares for more than 50 years. Everything from the Abzorbaloff to Zygons is covered in a richly illustrated, encyclopaedic format.

"When I was a kid I wished for a book that included all the Doctor Who monsters," says editor Marcus Hearn. "Now I’m a grown-up my ambitions haven’t really changed. It’s been a labour of love for all of us to channel the spirit of Terrance Dicks’ Doctor Who Monster Book, and a treat to add so many aliens from the show’s now greatly expanded universe."

The Essential Doctor Who - Monsters is on sale now priced £9.99.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Time Lord Quiz Quest - Cover & Details

Penguin Books have issued the cover and details of a new Doctor Who quiz book:

Time Lord Quiz Quest

Written by the Twelfth Doctor himself, this is the ultimate book of Doctor Who puzzles and quizzes!

Packed with tricky activities and quiz questions, Time Lord Quiz Quest is a book to sort the pudding-brained humans from the actually quite handy ones. Can you solve a pressing problem like a true Time Lord?

Do you know your Slitheen from your Silurians? And just how high is your Who IQ? With challenges devised by the Twelfth Doctor, this book is the perfect test for any intrepid Doctor Who fan!

Doctor Who: Time Lord Quiz Quest is on sale from 3rd September priced £5.99.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Steven Moffat to Receive OBE

Current executive producer and lead writer of Doctor Who Steven Moffat is to receive an OBE for his services to drama, read on for Moffat's reaction:

"I never thought I would get something like this. I’m astonished and more thrilled than I ever thought someone like me would be. I’m not the least bit cynical, or the least bit trying to be cool about it. I’m just really, really happy."

Rhodri Talfan Davies, director of BBC Wales, congratulated Moffat: "We’re thrilled to see Steven’s creative brilliance being recognised today. Not only has he enthralled countless millions of viewers across the world, he has helped rocket-boost the Welsh creative sector, inspiring a new generation of talent here in Wales to make their mark on the global stage."

"I’m so delighted to see his remarkable achievements being honoured."

The ceremony for Moffat's OBE receival will take place at a later date, further details are to be confirmed.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Series 9 - Rigsy to Return

The BBC have confirmed that Joivan Wade who portrayed Rigsy in the last series of Doctor Who in the episode Flatline is to return in the new series, read on for further details:

Filming has begun on Episode 10 of the new series of Doctor Who and Joivan Wade, who played Rigsy in last year’s Flatline, is back! The episode is directed by Justin Molotnikov and written by Sarah Dollard whose previous credits include Being Human and the BBC’s acclaimed spy drama, The Game.

Sarah commented, "Getting to play in the Doctor Who toy box is a dream come true. It’s a total honour to contribute to a show that has brought me such joy as a fan. However, writing for Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman has presented a serious problem: some days I've been too excited to actually sit down and type!"

The episode sees the return of Joivan Wade as Rigsy, the young graffiti artist who helped save the world in Flatline. He’ll be reunited with the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) in this new adventure although how and why he finds himself mixed up with the time travelling heroes is currently under wraps!

The guest cast for the new series includes Maisie Williams, Michelle Gomez, Rebecca Front, Rufus Hound, Paul Kaye and Jaye Griffiths.

Doctor Who returns this Autumn to BBC One and BBC One HD.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 3

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

Doctor Who Adventures issue 3 is set to materialise on planet Earth on 18th June and we’re getting ready to go Ood Crazy!

In Doctor in a Bottle, Clara opens a strange looking bottle and unleashes the power of the Djinx on the city of London. With the Doctor taking the Djinx’s place, imprisoned in a bottle, it’s down to Clara to save London from destruction.

With glorious illustrations by Russ Leach and a full-on colour storm by John Burns, Doctor in a Bottle is a must for all Who fans!

We also access the TARDIS data core to find out all about the mysterious and enigmatic Ood.

Next up, we join Clara in the Craft Studio and prepare for a party you will never forget as we show you how to make your very own Ood piƱata, guaranteed to make your party go with a bang!

The UNIT Alien Archives will give you all the lowdown you need should you come face to face with the Clockwork Droids on your travels! Whatever you do, don’t wind them up or you’ll be in trouble.

Strax continues his guide to the galaxy as he introduces you to the delights of Gallifrey, the Ood-Sphere and Demons Run!

The Doctor makes a guest appearance in The Giant’s Heart, a Paternoster Gang story, which sees our heroes guarding a mysterious diamond in the Tower of London.

Also in this issue, you’ve got the chance to win a brand new Doctor Who Cluedo game, you’ll face brain-tingling puzzles and get to play Lost in the TARDIS! All this and much, much more!

Issue 3 comes with a Free Giant Poster and your very own Dalek Patrol!

Issue 3 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from 18th June until 15th July priced £3.99.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Series 9 - Rebecca Front to Guest Star

Another guest star has been announced to star in the next series of Doctor Who, read on for further details:

The BAFTA award-winning Rebecca Front joins the guest cast of the new series of Doctor Who
Rebecca will guest in an adventure that sees the return of the Zygons, although her role in the show is currently closely guarded - possibly by UNIT who also appear in the action-packed two-parter!

Rebecca is well-known for regular roles in The Thick of It, Inspector Lewis and more recently, the BBC Four sitcom, Up the Women. In the BBC’s Death Comes to Pemberley she took the role of Mrs Bennet, mother of Lydia Wickham, played by Jenna Coleman.

It’s Rebecca’s first appearance in Doctor Who and she’ll be seen alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman who return later this year as the Doctor and Clara. She’s also joining Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) and Jemma Redgrave (Kate) who return in the two-parter written by Peter Harness.

Other members of the guest cast for Series 9 include Maisie Williams, Michelle Gomez, Rufus Hound, Paul Kaye and Jaye Griffiths.

Doctor Who returns this Autumn to BBC One and BBC One HD.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Festival - Details

BBC Worldwide have issued the details of the Doctor Who festival event that will be taking place this Autumn in London:

The official Doctor Who Festival has been announced and is taking place at the ExCel in London from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th November.

The Doctor Who Festival will be attended by the current Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, and series show runner Steven Moffat. The Festival will offer fans an exclusive glimpse into how the inimitable world of Doctor Who is created.

Get inside the adventure; find out how to develop the latest hide-behind-the-sofa monster and explore the Series 8 and 9 Doctor Who sets and props! Fans of all ages will be able to discover the inspiration behind the Doctor’s recent adversaries, the imagination required to create whole new worlds and the ingenuity that goes into designing and making the beautiful backdrops that give Doctor Who its unique look.

Visitors will be given access to the Festival which will include an exciting array of backstage areas including theatre shows where they can come up close and personal with key talent, interactive workshops where you can learn the television production process as well as the ultimate Doctor Who shopping village for the collectors merchandise and photo opportunities. This festival is a must-attend event for die-hard Doctor Who fans, with many, many more exciting announcements to come!

Peter Capaldi says, "If having the world’s favourite Time Lord back on screen every week isn’t enough for you (and it’s not for me) then the Doctor Who Festival in London is the place to be. I’ll be heading there in November to join the fun and if it’s anything like the 50th anniversary event, then prepare yourself for total Time Lord mania."

Steven Moffat added, "I can’t believe we’re going to give away our secrets! This is the closest you could possibly get to finding out what happens on set and how this magical show is put together."

The day ticket price includes:

Your chance to attend a panel-led session which will get you closer than ever before to cast members from the era of the Twelfth Doctor.

Hear from the experts who create the storylines of your favourite programme, led by Steven Moffat.

*your tickets permits you to three 45 minute theatre shows with the cast and writers (preferred time slots can be selected at the time of purchase).

Your chance to have a photo on the real Series 9 film set. Photo opportunities at the festival will be released at a later date, sign up to the Doctor Who Festival newsletter to be the first to hear.

The Doctor Who Festival will be home to a selection of costumes and props from the latest series, all for you to enjoy!

Have you ever wanted to know the techniques and secrets that actors learn for the filming of Doctor Who? Then this is for you!

Test your Doctor Who knowledge in the Festival’s specially-themed fan challenges - choose from a traditional team-based competition for adults or an active multiple-choice challenge for younger visitors. Answer incorrectly and you will be eliminated!

A shopping village consisting of only official Doctor Who products including brand new ranges, plus BBC Shop. Sound like your idea of Whovian heaven?

Your chance to explore a day in the life of the production team and crew.

Cosplayers can showcase their handmade Doctor Who themed outfits during the course of the festival. Start designing your outfit!

Is a photo of you and the Doctor missing from your collection? This is your opportunity to purchase an individual photograph of you with the current cast members. Photo opportunities at the Festival will be released at a later date.

The ticket price includes day entry to the Festival, access to three theatre shows, lanyard, floor planner and all of the above. TARDIS tickets to include the above plus brochure, lounge access, front block theatre show seats and a Doctor Who goody bag! Tickets, further information and monthly newsletters are available from

Standard ticket: £65
Standard child ticket: £30
Standard family ticket: £165
TARDIS ticket: £110
TARDIS child ticket: £50
TARDIS family ticket: £285

Tickets go on sale tomorrow from 10:00am. The festival will take place at the London ExCel between 13th - 15th November.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Lego Dimenions - Doctor Who to Feature

The Lego Group have confirmed that Doctor Who is to feature in the upcoming video game Lego Dimensions, read on for further details:

Doctor Who is to become part of the Lego Dimensions Universe, the upcoming Lego action-adventure video game. 

The interactive game, which follows multiple characters from various Lego sets in a virtual adventure, is due to launch this Autumn. 

Today Lego Dimensions announced on Twitter, that Doctor Who characters will form part of the game. This follows the announcement, earlier this year, that Lego Characters, based on Doctor Who, will be released later this year. 

Other franchises signed up to take part in the game include Back to the Future, Lord of the Rings, Scooby-Doo and The Simpsons. Players build physical figurines and then by placing them on the connected toy pad, their figures are absorbed into the virtual gaming world. 

The Dimensions game will be available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 and is due for release on 27th September, while Doctor Who-themed Lego sets will also be due for release at a currently unknown date.