Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Doctor Who Magazine 489 - Cover and Details

The Sixth Doctor never had a proper regeneration story on television – so now Colin Baker has returned to record The Last Adventure for audio production company Big Finish…

“Big Finish came to me, and said, ‘If we write you a really good story, and if we released your seven cats which we’ve kidnapped, which are suspended above this flame getting lower and lower, will you perhaps do this story?'” Colin jokes, “and I reluctantly agreed, and my cats are safe!”

“I did require a little persuasion,” he admits, more candidly. So what changed his mind? “Oh, the idea of a release. A release from the tension of saying ‘no’ repeatedly. And… it’s Big Finish! That’s what changed my mind.”


tells the remarkable story of writer Malcolm Hulke, the creator of the Time Lords, Silurians and Sea Devils – and why he came under under scrutiny by MI5…

Ellis George, the actress who plays cheeky schoolgirl Courtney Woods talks to DWM about travelling in the TARDIS, and what its like to be a teenager starring in Doctor Who.

The much-anticipated results of the 2014 DWM Season Survey are in! Discover which story from Peter Capaldi’s d├ębut season  topped the poll, and who won the accolade for best writer, what was the favourite monster, and more…

The Fact of Fiction takes a close look at the 1974 serial The Monster of Peladon, and digs deep to unearth fascinating new facts about this Third Doctor adventure.

There’s ghostly goings-on for the Doctor and Clara in a brand-new comic strip adventure, Spirits of the Jungle by Jonathan Morris, illustrated by John Ross.

Doctor Who‘s showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions – and comes face-to-face with his 10-year-old self!

Jacqueline Rayner considers what time of year it’s traditional – and best – to watch Doctor Who – and comes to a surprising conclusion…

The Time Team fight for space behind the sofa as they watch David Tennant’s penultimate, chilling story: The Waters of Mars.

DWM talks to the people involved in the latest Doctor Who CD releases, including Bonnie Langford, Nicholas Briggs, Lisa Bowerman and Mike Tucker.

PLUS! All the latest official news, reviews, competitions and The DWM Crossword.

Doctor Who Magazine 489 is on sale from Thursday 23 July 2015, price £4.99.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Torchwood: Ianto Jones will return in October

Big Finish are delighted to announce that fan-favourite actor Gareth David-Lloyd will star as Ianto Jones for the second release in our new series of Torchwood Audio Dramas.

Gareth appeared throughout the first three series of the popular BBC show created by Russell T Davies. A mild-mannered administrator for the Torchwood team, Ianto helped defend Cardiff from the horrors of the rift, and aided the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) in a battle against the Daleks in two episodes of Doctor Who.

Ianto made his final TV appearance in the 2009 mini-series Children of Earth, but his popularity and legacy has stood the test of time, with a special commemorative memorial for the character erected in Cardiff Bay.

“Well, how could we not?” says producer James Goss. “Ianto's such a brilliant character, and if we kept people on tenterhooks any longer, we'd be fools. Of course he's in it and as soon as possible. We recorded with him literally the first day after he finished a theatre tour. Did he want to put his feet up? Nope. He wanted to be Ianto.”

Gareth will return in Torchwood: Fall to Earth, where the team's ongoing investigation into a worldwide conspiracy places Ianto on the first privately-funded spaceflight; just as it's plunging out of the sky! The new release follows on from John Barrowman's return as Captain Jack Harkness in the opening instalment, Torchwood: The Conspiracy.

“Seeing Gareth in studio was an absolute delight,” glowed director Scott Handcock. “He clearly loves the part and had a great time. And can't wait to be back.”

The new story will be released in October, allowing for an unbroken run of stories from September. Four more releases will follow at monthly intervals into 2016.

“There was originally going to be a gap after the first release,” explains James, “but we soon realised that everyone we spoke to was being so helpful, we'd be in studio a lot earlier. Actors, writers, agents, BBC Worldwide have all been amazing - 'Well, since it's Torchwood' everyone kept saying. So it's coming out early. Since it's Torchwood.”

Torchwood: Fall to Earth will be released in October, and can be pre-ordered today. It will be followed by four further stories at monthly intervals, through to February 2016. You can subscribe to all six titles today, starting with September's Torchwood: The Conspiracy.

Monday, 13 July 2015

12th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver Extendable Universal Remote Control

The Wand Company’s all‐new extending Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver universal remote control prop replica.

The new Sonic Screwdriver has not only been updated to reflect the subtle changes in the Twelfth Doctor’s coolest gadget, but now extends with a satisfying flick, just like the real hero prop, and includes a grip­mounted button, press­to­buzz action and the Wand Company’s powerful Any­TV­Off functionality.

Die cast in hand­polished, copper­plated metal, with a new stand that allows the Sonic Screwdriver to be displayed vertically, this sonic is not only a serious prop that will delight collectors but with its host of authentic sonic sounds and a new grip­mounted button to control its functions, it is a cosplayer’s dream come true.

But of course, that’s not all – as you might expect from The Wand Company, this new Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver is also a fully functioning universal remote control. The speech­teach feature makes learning the gestures and programming the Sonic Screwdriver easy, and the intuitive gestures allow the user to make like The Doctor and and quickly take control of their home entertainment equipment – iPod docks, TVs, DVD and Blu­ray players, in fact, pretty much anything that is controlled by an infrared remote control.

The 1:1 scale Sonic Screwdriver can store up to 39 remote control commands, is equipped with 12 authentic sonic screwdriver sound effects, a customizable personal lock code, and has 12 secret Morse coded phrases from the Twelfth Doctor to decipher.

• a highly authentic sounding and feeling flick­to­extend action
• a grip­mounted action button
• The Wand Company’s excellent Any­TV­Off function
• press­and­hold Sonic buzz and tip light in FX Mode
• an ivory coloured handle with subtle fleck, just like the hero prop
• a redesigned copper­plated handle end, accurate to the Series 8 props.
• a crystal­clear Gallifreyan stand for vertical presentation
• 12 new secret Morse coded Twelfth Doctor phrases
• 12 different sonic screwdriver sound effects

Order from Forbidden Planet

Friday, 10 July 2015

Official Lego Dimensions Doctor Who Trailer and Gameplay Video

"I've met you three before, but you haven't met me yet." #BreaktheRules of time and space with Doctor Who in the latest trailer from LEGO Dimensions, coming September 27. 

More info on Lego Dimensions here

Doctor Who Comic Issue 6 - Cover and Details




In Mumbai, India, 2315, the Doctor and Clara – with the help of their new allies Rani and Priyanka – defeated the Family Scindia and put paid to the resurrection of the ‘goddess’ Kali – though not before Kali attempted to resurrect in Clara’s body! Having ensured the safety of the future, and brought Clara back to herself, the Doctor and Clara returned to the present...

But Coal Hill School and its environs can be just as deadly as any alien planet or far future, as the pair will soon find out!

The Doctor, Alice and Jones left the SERVEYOUinc United System Research Base behind, travelling on to new adventures. The TARDIS gang has grown yet further because of their last encounter, with the addition of the hulking shapeshifter known as ARC – who is a lot more polite and inquisitive than its threatening appearance would suggest. But is even the TARDIS big enough to support this many large personalities?

The Doctor offered Gabby a one-off time-travelling trip aboard the TARDIS. They arrived at an alien art gallery where Gabby was thrown straight into the heart of adventure, with no shortage of the life-threatening danger that seems to follow the Doctor no matter where (or when) he is. Proving herself to be a bright and brave companion, the Doctor has invited her to join him
in exploring the universe.
Now they’re off to the past for a haunting hands-on history lesson...
We have one family ticket to give away, courtesy of the Doctor Who Experience! The ticket allows entry to the Experience for up to four people, and includes a Family merchandise pack with the Official Companion Guide, as well as four tickets for the Official Doctor Who Filming Locations Tour - a walking tour in Cardiff Bay!

Doctor Who Comic Con 2015 Panel

Doctor Who Comic Con Panel in full with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez & Steven Moffat

This September, the Doctor and Clara Return with Electrifying Adventures on BBC One

Exploding with epic and thrilling adventures, Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Saturday 19 September in the ninth series of the hit show.

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is joined by Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) for time travel on a cinematic scale. Having the time of their lives, the pair meets new and old monsters, and go on a journey that takes them to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Vikings villages, a global Zygon uprising, and leads them through hidden alien dens, to the very end of time itself.

Meeting monsters old and new the Doctor will come face to face with Missy (played by Michelle Gomez), a city of Daleks, deadly mercenaries called the Mire, terrifying ghosts and far more.

Having filmed in Cardiff since January, Peter Capaldi said, “Soaring through all of time and space, series nine sees the Doctor throw himself into life with a new hunger for adventure. The Cosmos is there for the taking, thrilling, epic and enticing, and his to play in. But he’s almost reckless in his abandon. It’s almost like he’s running from something, something that if it ever catches him will turn his life upside down.”

Previously announced and taking up a guest role in the new series will be young new talent Maisie Williams, having already achieved global success for her role as Arya Stark in the fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. Michelle Gomez (Missy) returns to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener, and UNIT are back with Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) returning to series nine following their popular entrance in series eight. Also confirmed as guest cast in the series are Rebecca Front, Rufus Hound, Paul Kaye, Joivan Wade and Sophie Stone.

The show’s ninth series has been written by lead writer Steven Moffat, Toby Whithouse, Jamie Mathieson, Peter Harness, Mark Gatiss, and new writers to Doctor Who - Sarah Dollard and Catherine Tregenna; directed by Hettie Macdonald, Daniel O’Hara, Ed Bazalgette, Daniel Nettheim, Justin Molotnikov, Rachel Talalay; and produced by Tracie Simpson, Derek Ritchie, Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett.

The star-studded cast continue to shoot in Roath Lock studios, Cardiff Bay, having previously filmed in Tenerife, and south Wales locations, Caerwent, Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle, St Athans and Margam Park.


Unlocking the Secrets of the Trailer


So as you may have noticed, the Series 9 Teaser trailer has been set free into the universe! But what’s it all about? Who was that guy? What was that thing? Why was she standing beside her?!? We need to know! But we also need to hear what you think. Tweet us your thoughts – the crazier and more creative the better! We’re at @bbcdoctorwho and would love to hear from you!

So… that was 90 seconds of high octane Doctor Who-ness that we loved! But what’s it all about?
First up – the Doctor looks more chilled, doesn’t he? Cool shades, big smiles, huge hug for Clara and wanting to kiss something to death. And he’s rocking that guitar! Can’t wait to see him on Saturday, 19 September: the day the Doctor returns to BBC One!

Clara looks to have been thrown right into the thick of the action again. What do we think she’s hiding from?

And the orange spacesuits are back! We reckon right now she’s wondering, ‘Exactly how bad can it get?!?’

LOTS of new monsters, with some crazy new faces – or even two-faces…

And a scary looking guy with a sinister face, black hat and a purposeful walk. A walk that suggests he’s up to no good and he’s up to it with some urgency.


And check out the – ahem – unusual looking figure the Doctor comes face-to-face with. We’re also curious about this guy. How does he fit in with the new series?

The Daleks are back! The Doctor’s oldest and most iconic enemies glide back into his life but which episode(s) do you think they’ll be sticking their eyestalks into? And perhaps more importantly, What’s behind it? Yeah, looks like it’s a… Which is curious!
We love the cinematic scale of the trailer… Doctor Who has always been big, but now it’s in a different dimension!!!

We already knew that Missy was returning but it looks like she’s facing-off with Clara. Given that the self-proclaimed ‘Queen of Evil’ was responsible for the death of Clara’s boyfriend we’d like to be a fly on the wall for that showdown. Actually. We can be! Saturday, 19 September… Did we mention that?

And on the subject of the Doctor’s ‘best enemy’, is that fear we can see in her eyes? And if so, what on Earth – or wherever – can scare Missy?

Just in case the Zygons weren’t evil enough (in the past they’ve tried to steal our planet and they were very mean to Clara) they’re now picking on small children. Thank goodness Osgood will be there for their adventure, but hold on… No Osgood in the trailer. Could that be significant?

Those two lines from the Doctor were interesting. ‘I’m the Doctor and I save people!’ should be on his business card but we’re much more intrigued by his opening words: ‘Every time I think it couldn’t get any more extraordinary it surprises me. It’s impossible, I hate it, it’s evil, it’s astonishing… I want to kiss it to death!’ Who or what is the Time Lord talking about? Answers and ideas to the usual twitter address, please…

And finally, it’s Game of Thrones star, Maisie Williams! *Applause* Sometimes on a trailer you get a must-watch-again-immediately moment and this is another one of those. There’s just something intriguing and exciting with this exchange… What do you think the deal is with Maisie’s character and the Doctor?

Doctor Who has had a decade of success and is one BBC One’s most highly regarded shows. The much-loved brand is already a phenomenon delivering on a global scale, with the last series’ (series 8) consolidated average at 7.4 million.

Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One and will be back on-air this September.

Details and images via the BBC

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Doctor Who Adventures Magazine Issue 4 - Cover and Details

Doctor Who Adventures 4 is set to materialise on UK newsstands on 16th July and promises a summer holiday in Ancient Greece, a Sontaran Extravaganza and more excitement than most Time Lords can cope with in seven lifetimes!

When Clara asks the Doctor to introduce her to Homer, he whisks her off to Ancient Greece where our heroes soon find themselves on the menu for a tribe of hungry Cyclopes. Doctor on the Menu is drawn by Russ Leach, written by Jason Quinn and coloured by John Burns.


    The Cyclopes aren’t the only legendary creatures the Doctor has met in his travels, here we take a look at Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts and Sirens!
    Ideal for all messy humans; Clara shows you how to make a TARDIS shelf to help keep your bedroom tidy. It may not be really bigger on the inside but it’s the coolest bookshelf ever!
    We then sneak into the UNIT ALIEN ARCHIVE to uncover the raging truth about yet another so-called mythological creature… the Minotaur, last seen in the Doctor Who episode The God Complex.
    This month, Strax takes a break from his guide to the galaxy and takes you into Earth’s past where he gives you his views on Alexander the Great, Zeus, Heracles and Mount Olympus. 
    Strax seems to have taken over this issue and this time we are treated to a Sontaran Field Report as Strax relates the case of the House of Sorrows, in which he comes face to face with an alien threat in the heart of Victorian Yorkshire.

Doctor Who Adventures 4 contains all your favourite features, posters, games and puzzle activities and is sure to excite adventurers of all ages from 3-3000!

Issue 4 comes with a Free Doctor Who Stationery Set and a collection of awesome glow in the dark stickers!

On sale 16th July 2015, price £3.99


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The New Series Finale: What You Need to Know!

Filming has begun on episode 11 of the new series of Doctor Who with Rachel Talalay back in the director’s chair! Episodes 11 and 12 are written by Steven Moffat, produced by Peter Bennett and form the series’ finale.

Rachel helmed last year’s finale, the barnstorming Dark Water/Death in Heaven and her previous credits include Tank Girl and several episodes of The Dead Zone. This year’s series finale includes a cliff-hanger to episode 11 that Steven Moffat has promised we won’t see coming… Can’t wait!

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) return to BBC One this Autumn with a guest cast including Maisie Williams, Michelle Gomez, Rebecca Front, Rufus Hound, Paul Kaye, Jaye Griffiths and Joivan Wade. Further casting is to be announced so stay tuned!

Via the BBC