Thursday, May 28, 2015

Doctor Who Magazine 487

Doctor Who Magazine have sent us details of the latest issue, in stores now. Check out the details below and click on the images for bigger versions.

lanet Earth! It's been attacked, invaded – even moved across the galaxy! Bu thanks to the Doctor, our world endures. Doctor Who Magazine tells the remarkable story of our planet and the many challenges it has faced...


A revealing and previously unpublished interview with 1980s producer John-Nathan Turner, conducted during 1989 – the last year of Doctor Who's original run.

DWM reveals the history of how Doctor Who was brought to DVD, and talks to the people responsible for the landmark 1993 documentary 30 Years in the TARDIS. Plus, an exclusive look at some of the VHS covers that never were...

Discover fascinating new facts about the classic 1964 First Doctor adventure The Dalek Invasion of Earth.

DWM chats to Carole Ann Ford, who played the Doctor's very first companion, Susan, as she continues her look through the scrapbooks of Doctor Who's original producer, Verity Lambert.

Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions, and explains just why the Doctor can never seem to remember what happens when he meets himself...

PLUS! Reviews and previews; Relative Dimensions; Wotcha!; The DWM Crossword, prize-winning competitions, official news and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 487 – with a special wraparound cover! – is on sale
from Thursday May 28, 2015, price £4.99

Doctor Who Panel At San Diego Comic-Con 2015

BBC Worldwide and BBC America have announced that San Diego Comic-Con will feature a Doctor Who panel in July. Peter Capaldi will make his first ever appearance at Comic-Con with stars Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Michelle Gomez (Missy), lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and executive producer Brian Minchin.

Capaldi’s first season delivered BBC America its highest rated season ever and is available now on all digital platforms in the US. Peter Capaldi on making his first Comic-Con appearance:
“Tales of San Diego Comic-Con are told in awe on every set around the known fantasy/sci-fi production world. It's become a fabled kingdom. One I am thrilled to find myself heading for. And to appear in the legendary Hall H, is a further twist to the cosplay and comic madness I may never recover from.”
The new season premieres with a two-part episode, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, written by Steven Moffat, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Hettie Macdonald (Blink). 

Doctor Who returns to San Diego Comic-Con for a Hall H panel on Thursday, July 9.

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who event

Acclaimed Doctor Who novelist Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich will be speaking about their book The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who at the Planetarium, in the Observatory. Buy tickets HERE.

Using clips from the television show, they will show how Doctor Who uses science to inform its unique style of storytelling – and just how close it has often come to predicting future scientific discoveries.

A Dalek will be on site for photo opportunities before the event and during the book signing.

Venue: The Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich
Date: Friday, June 5
Time: 7-8.30pm
Tickets are £8 Adult / £7 Concession / £6 Child / £24 Family (2+2)

Four Doctors comic preview

Titan Comics have released a preview from the upcoming Doctor Who comic series, Four Doctors - click on the images included here for bigger versions. The weekly event, running through August and September 2015, in place of the ongoing series, features all three Doctors from Titan's regular ongoings. This epic event is the thrilling next chapter in Titan Comics'  Doctor Who publishing saga.

The five-part weekly event written by Paul Cornell (Father's Day, Human Nature) features The War, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors and their comics companions! The first issue releases Wednesday August 12, supported by the global Doctor Who Comics Day on Saturday August 15!

Three Doctors, three companions, one action-packed mystery!

Thanks to Titan Comics

REVIEW: City of Death

City of Death
by James Goss

Out Now

Review by Sami Kelsh

As far as classic Doctor Who serials go, City Of Death is surely one of the most fondly remembered: from its fantastical and romantic score to the imagery of Tom Baker and Lalla Ward running through the streets of actual Paris to the exceptionally mad and delightful Douglas Adams dialogue, it figures in many a fan’s best-Doctor-Who-stories-EVER list, and with good reason.

With this source material in mind, writer James Goss already has a wealth of brilliance to draw upon for his novelisation, but he does so much more than just a simple note-by-note and line-of-dialogue-by-line-of-dialogue recap of the story as we know it. He enriches it, makes it fresh, and does it every bit of justice.

The novelisation is very much a precious and lovely work in itself; indeed, it remembers to make the story accessible enough that a reader who hasn’t seen the serial (if such a person exists in the world) will follow along with rapt enthusiasm, but so will the reader who’s watched those four episodes so many times they can recite every beat verbatim. The story takes us and our heroes (and villains) on a spirited adventure from 400 million years in Earth’s past, to Paris in 1979, and notable points in between, as The Doctor and Romana (with the help of the delightfully confused Duggan) investigate the cause of curious time-hiccups, some very complicated methods of making chickens and eggs and vice versa, and why anyone would have a centuries-old private collection of Mona Lisas.

Goss peppers the story with a handful of references that left me beaming so joyously I may well have alarmed the other patrons of my local Costa Coffee to no end – including a callback to one of my very favourite Hartnell companions, and a little nod to a certain side project of Baker and Ward’s during their tenure as Doctor and Romana. He also deftly takes advantage of the novel format to allow for explorations of the histories and inner lives of a number of supporting characters, including some very pleasant surprises. The tale is woven together with prose so sparkling, it’s as effervescent as the kind of champagne so good only Count Scarlioni could afford it.

City Of Death is a novelisation which retains the spirit of a Douglas Adams story, while allowing the author a voice of his own. It’s a beautiful collaboration, a work of love, and a celebration of the very best of Doctor Who that’s luminous with joy.

I realise that the longer I spend extolling the many virtues of this book, the longer you have yet to start reading it; as such, I will now leave you to it in the hope that I have convinced you. Just go read it - it’s so bloody good!

Thanks to BBC Books

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Doctor Who books

BBC Books have announced details of two new Doctor Who books: one, an original novel featuring The Fourth Doctor (as played by Tom Baker), and the other a non-fiction title looking at the science of the show. Check out the details and artwork below.

The first official guide to the science of Doctor Who by acclaimed novelist Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula, the Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Doctor Who stories are many things: thrilling adventures, historical dramas, and science fiction tales. But how much of the science is real? And how much is fiction?

Weaving together authoritative scientific discussion with a series of new adventures by acclaimed Doctor Who writers including Jenny T Colgan, George Mann and Jacqueline Rayner, Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula explore the possibilities of time travel, life on other planets, artificial intelligence, parallel universes and more. From the dawn of astronomy and the discovery of gravity to the moon landings and string theory, the authors show how science has inspired Doctor Who, and how, on occasion, life has mirrored art, such as the 1989 discovery of ‘ice-canoes’ on Triton which were featured in the 1973 episode, Planet of the Daleks.

For example, did you know…
• The creation of the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet in 1966 was prompted by two American neuroscientists who argued that astronauts’ bodies should be adapted to suit the conditions of space.
• The failure of Beagle 2 to land on Mars on Christmas Day 2003 influenced the loss of Guinevere One at the start of The Christmas Invasion.
• The many parallel universes that feature in Doctor Who, from Inferno to Rise of the Cybermen are inspired by a reaction to the Schrodinger’s Cat theory: that a new universe is created for each different outcome.
• The startling resemblance between Amelia Pond and The Twelfth Doctor and two characters from The Fires of Pompeii isn’t simply due to the actors returning to the series: it might be grounded in science as well.
• Time Lords aren’t the only beings able to regenerate – when the turritopsis dohrnii jellyfish gets ill, old, or faces danger, it can return to its childhood state as a polyp.

A thrilling new Doctor Who adventure by Costa-winning author A.L. Kennedy, based on her Doctor Who: Time Trips short story The Death Pit, featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker.

Some very strange things are happening in Arbroath when the Fourth Doctor arrives at the Fetch Brothers Golf Spa Hotel. Unsuspecting golfers are being eaten by the bunkers on the golf course. The twin grandchildren of Mrs Fetch, the rather strange and octopus-obsessed owner of the hotel, seem to have the ability to materialise from walls. People in the area can suddenly hear the thoughts of others – and they don’t like what they’re hearing. With the help of the Fetch Brothers junior day receptionist Bryony, and the hindrance of inept guest Ian Patterson, the Doctor discovers something huge, ancient and alien asleep under Arbroath… Can they prevent it from waking up, and destroying the world before the residents of Arbroath finish each other off?

Author A.L. Kennedy says: “I always loved tuning in to Doctor Who, although there were the usual tussles with my parents over whether it was too scary or not. I think the Doctor is actually quite a good way of introducing children to scary things in a safe way. And I’m sure that some of my outlook on humanity and the way we treat the world and each other comes straight out that lovely gift sci-fi generally offers – the chance to get away from your own species and from assuming it’s necessarily the best idea around. I think the Doctor is good company for kids. He’s a being who’s fun, who challenges ways you might have been told to think, who always goes for the best, most intelligent solution to a problem, who always tries to build and not destroy and who generally has a great appetite for life – there can be no harm in that. And having anything to do with adding to the Doctor’s adventures makes me very happy.”

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular comes to UK

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is a musical celebration of the iconic BBC series, featuring Murray Gold’s captivating music accompanied by specially edited video sequences of the Doctors in action, on the big screen.

The show features a host of the Doctor’s famous adversaries including the 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 since 2005, including the record-breaking (and BAFTA award-winning) 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor.

Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison has been confirmed as the host of a six-city UK tour of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in May 2015. Buy tickets HERE.

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

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. Check out the UK dates below:
23 May London - The SSE Arena, Wembley 3pm & 7.30pm
24 May London - The SSE Arena, Wembley 2pm 
25 May Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena 3pm & 7.30pm 
26 May Birmingham - Barclaycard Arena 3pm & 7.30pm 
27 May Leeds - First Direct Arena 3pm & 7.30pm 
28 May Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena 3pm  & 7.30pm 
29 May Glasgow - The SSE Hydro 3pm  & 7.30pm 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Moffat has "ludicrous challenge" for Doctor Who Series 9 Episode 11

Last week current show runner Steven Moffat was interviewed at BAFTA in New York, USA celebrating ten years of Doctor Who. During the Q&A, the writer brought up some news about Doctor Who Series 9, he said:
"I've got a script where I've set my self a ludicrous challenge. When episode 11 comes up in the next series of Doctor Who, you'll see just how ludicrous a challenge I set myself. I'm in a state of panic about it!"

This would probably suggest that Steven is taking care of a two part finale for Doctor Who Series 9, episodes 11 and 12 (as expected). Moffat was interview by writer and broadcaster Jaci Stephen, and you can watch it in the player below.

Currently filming are episodes 7 and 8, written by Peter Harness (Kill The Moon) and feature the return of the Zygons along with Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) - you can check out some filming pics HERE and HERE.

Win The Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control!

Courtesy of The Wand Company

Titan Magazines is very pleased to announce a Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver competition exclusively inside Doctor Who Comic UK #4, on sale 21st May 2015!

Partnering with The Wand Company, FOUR lucky winners will be amongst the first in the world to receive the brand-new Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver, which will be seen for the first time at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con on the 8th July on the BBC Booth.

The universal remote gives Doctor Who fans what they have been asking for: a gesture-based metal replica Sonic Screwdriver with Any-TV-Off function and fabulous sonic light and sound FX!
Highlights include:
• 12 authentic sonic sounds, as well as 12 secret Morse coded catch phrases to decipher.
• TV-off function that turns off any television at the press of a button – without having to program the Sonic first.
• New extending action with spring-loaded clasps.
• Soft-touch leather patterned grip material with grip-located action button.
• Die-cast metal construction with a redesigned, hand-polished copper-plated handle.
The brand-new hero prop replica is a superb recreation of the Sonic Screwdriver used by Peter Capaldi in Series 8. Compatible with almost all audio-visual home entertainment devices, perfect for both play and display, the Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver is a must-have piece for any Doctor Who fan, cosplayer or collector!

Also in this issue of Doctor Who Comic, featuring not just one, but three Doctors in on-going adventures!

This month: the Twelfth Doctor discovers more about the cult of Kali; the Eleventh Doctor takes part in a murder mystery; and the Tenth Doctor introduces Gabby to the wonders of time and space exploration!

Doctor Who Comic UK is available from supermarkets, WH Smiths and independent newsagents.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Doctor Who Series 9 filming pics

Filming continues on Doctor Who Series 9 and both Wales Online and the Mirror have got some images from shooting on episodes 7 and 8 HERE and HERE.

Spotted on set in the south coast of Wales were Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Ingrid Oliver, returning as UNIT scientist Osgood whilst filming on a two-parter written by Peter Harness (Kill The Moon) and directed by Daniel Nettheim (BBC Two's Line of Duty).

Also starring are Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, Jaye Griffiths (The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar), Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker and regular Doctor Who monster actor, Aidan Cook (The Rings of Akhaten, Hide, Nightmare in Silver, The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor).