Monday, February 28, 2011

DWO WhoCast - Nicholas Courtney tribute

The DWO WhoCast is planning a Nicholas Courtney tribute episode and we want you, his fans, to get in touch. Although we will have our own feature on Nicholas, the DWO WhoCast is asking our listeners to get in touch with mp3 audio (no background music) and emails for us to read out, about what you thought of Nicholas Courtney's role as The Brigadier, how you felt when you heard the tragic news, as well as any other stories or memories you may have. Send them to:

Watch Doctor Who Online's tribute video to Nicholas Courtney

Our chums over at Radio Free Skaro have released a podcast featuring writer Gary Russell talking about his long relationship with Courtney. You can download the show HERE.

Comic Relief trip with David Tennant

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David Tennant, who some may remember as the actor who played The Tenth Doctor, has taken part in a Comic Relief trip to Kamuli visiting the work of SightSavers Uganda. Footage of his trip will be shown as part of the Red Nose Day charity event on BBC One, March 18. The night will also include a special Doctor Who sketch - more details HERE.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Comic Relief - Doctor Who sketch

UK "newspaper" the News of the World is reporting that there will be a Doctor Who sketch screened as part of the Comic Relief fundraising event Red Nose Day on March 18. Plot details aren't known but the report states that the six~minute story features "two Amy Ponds". In 1999, The Curse of the Fatal Death, penned by Steven Moffat, was screened as part of the charity telethon founded by writer Richard Curtis (Vincent and The Doctor).

Thursday, February 24, 2011

"Criminal Minds" discusses Who

The latest episode of long running US series Criminal Minds (season 6 episode 16) featured a brief discussion of Doctor Who in regards to the Bill & Ted films - see the clip in the player above.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

DWO WhoCast #180 - available now!

The latest episode of The DWO Whocast featuring Cameron K McEwan, of Blogtor Who, and Tony Gallichan, the Flashing Blade Podcast, is now available now from iTunes HERE and from the official site, The DWO Whocast. Check out the details on No. 180 below.

Download The DWO WhoCast - Episode #180

Tony and Cam discuss the release of The Mutants on 2 disc DVD along with some news and the return of "Random Fandom"....

Revisitations 2 - DVD box art

The artwork for the Revisitations 2 DVD box set has been released - click on the image below for bigger version. The release its the streets in the UK on March 28 with an RRP of £40.84 - it includes 6 discs with the stories The Seeds of Death, Carnival Of Monsters and Resurrection of the Daleks. See a preview featuring David Tennant HERE.

Thanks to 2|entertain

Free Fez with Doctor Who Adventures!

As we reported last week this week's issue of the UK magazine Doctor Who Adventures comes with a FREE Fez. Issue no. 206 hits stores Feb 24, priced £2.20. Click on the pics here for bigger, fezzier versions:

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Guardian & The Observer week of Doctor Who giveaways

This weekend the Guardian and the Observer will be giving away two Doctor Who stories on audio CDs and from Monday five audiobook downloads. This offer includes one new and exclusive story, The Hounds of Artemis.
In this Saturday’s Guardian (19 Feb) Matt Smith reads the story of The Hounds of Artemis. In this tale the doctor travels to Smyrna in 1929 to investigate why, suddenly a lot of people have died and how an entire, magnificent Temple was found and then immediately lost again.

Following this giveaway, The Ring of Steel, read by actor Arthur Darvill, is free in The Observer on Sunday (20 Feb).

From Monday five free Doctor Who audiobook downloads from the Hornets Nest series, read by Tom Baker, will be available to download from
Thanks to Guardian News & Media

Thursday, February 17, 2011

REVIEW: "A Christmas Carol" soundtrack by Murray Gold

Release date: March 21

No of Discs: 1

Tracklisting: Visit HERE

You may remember from my reviews of Murray Gold's exceptional soundtracks to The Specials and Series 5 that I commented on how we Doctor Who fans were being spoiled with regards to the music releases. Well, blimey - there was more to come. 2006 saw just one disc cover 28 episodes; five years on and we're getting a CD (or download if you're under thirty - smiley emoticon) for just one hour of Who goodness. Complaining? Am I eff!

Especially as Gold is on top form jumping from the trouser~enducing quake of Come Along Pond (brilliant name for a song, btw) to the choir~laced emotion of Halfway Out of The Dark; in but the space of a minute. Although the soundtrack consists of wonderful harmonious melodies and sounds, there are hauntingly discordant strings and noises to be found in a number of tracks like Geoff (yet another great name for a tune) and the celeste~laden (or possibly xylophone) Fish.

If the album has a story to tell, a narrative to relay, it's the musical "battle" of The Eleventh Doctor's rousingly heroic theme and the hauntingly beautiful melody of Abigail's Theme. The soundtrack includes cues with various versions of Matt Smith's "hit" but finds itself eroded over the course of the disc as Abigail's theme creeps in, stealing the light (or sound, even). By the end of the CD, it's her theme, subtitled Silence Is All You Know (note for The Sun: not "silents"), that fills your ears and touches the heart.

The song is certainly one of Muzza's finest contribution to his Whoeuvre. Gold knows the ins and outs of the soundtrack and how to produce one so it's most refreshing to hear him gift us with a song; pure and simple - a song. And one that wouldn't look out of place at the top of the hit parade (people still call it that, right?) with Kazza Jenkins delivering a finely pitched vocal that soars and is then devoured by the luscious orchestration and exquisite choir.

Murray Gold continues to demonstrate just how in tune with the show he is, matching the action, the humour, the universal spirit and, most importantly, the heart and essence of Doctor Who. In this instance, his work excels the story itself, creating a piece of work that is more worthy of return than the story it represents - a piece of work that is possibly one of his finest episode scores.

And bravo to Silva Screen for this release, more single discs for stories? Pur~lease??


Thanks to Silva Screen

David Tennant on Revisitations 2 DVD

David Tennant, who some readers may remember as the actor to play The Tenth Doctor, has returned to the world of Doctor Who by presenting a special feature on the new six~disc DVD box set, Revisitations 2. Stories included are: The Seeds of Death, Carnival Of Monsters and Resurrection of the Daleks. See Davey T dressed in the Fifth Doctor's jacket below:

Tennant fronts an excellent documentary looking at Peter Davison's time in the TARDIS, Come In Number Five. Lasting almost an hour, the extra also features the aforementioned Davison, Steven Moffat, Janet Fielding and many more. There'll be more previews of Revisitations 2 coming in the weeks to come.

is released March 28th

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

DWO WhoCast #179 - available now!

Last week The DWO Whocast returned to the "airwaves" with a brand new host - me! Blogtor - otherwise known as Cameron K McEwan - joined the longest running Doctor Who podcast along with former host Tony Gallichan of the Flashing Blade Podcast. The next episode is available now from iTunes HERE and from the official site, The DWO Whocast. Check out the details on the latest installment below.

Cam looks at the series 6 trailer. Tony Looks at the series 32 trailer. There is much pondering and stroking of chins. Mainly Tony's as he has plenty to spare.

Free Fez with Doctor Who Adventures!

Next week's issue of the UK magazine Doctor Who Adventures comes with perhaps the greatest free gift of all time - a Fez. Doctor Who Adventures #206 hits stores Feb 24 whilst this week's issue, number 205, comes with some awesome Dalek stationery, designed by artist Ben Morris (visit his FaceBook page HERE).

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Who & Torchwood audio

Fans of Doctor Who and audio can indulge their twin passions in March with the release of brand new original adventure, The Gemini Contagion. Written specially for AudioGO by Jason Arnopp, it is read by Meera Syal, who played Nasreen Chaudhry in the BBC TV episodes The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood. Click on the cover art for bigger versions.

It begins on the ice-planet Vinsk, in the year 2112. The all-new anti-viral handwash, Gemini, has been laced with Meme-Spawn: a sentient micro-organism which makes the user fluent in every language in the universe. However, manufacturer Zalnex made one crucial mistake. They didn't test Gemini on humans, who are seized by the violent urge to communicate but speak every language all at once with a manic, garbled shriek and pass on the virus by touch.

The Doctor and Amy arrive on an Earth-bound cargo-ship loaded with Gemini, where a human crew are succumbing to the virus which has nasty second and third phases in store. When the Doctor and Amy are separated, they both know that it's only a matter of time before Amy is infected.
With the ship locked on course, and no way of curing the sufferers, the Doctor is faced with a terrible decision: does he save Amy, or Earth?
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
Download/CD RRP: £6.49/£13.25
Release Date: 03 March 2011

AudioGO are also releasing two totally original and exclusive Torchwood audio stories in March. Ghost Train and Department X are written by James Goss, author of many Torchwood and Doctor Who novels including the award-winning Dead Air - review HERE. Set before Children of Earth, both stories feature Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones, as played by John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd in the hit series from BBC Television. They are read by Kai Owen, who plays Rhys. Synopses & cover art below:

Ghost Train sees Rhys investigating his very own mystery, for once. OK, it starts off being about missing fridges. But it leads to a midnight train pulling into an abandoned platform at Cardiff Station. What is the mysterious cargo that Rhys is unloading? Where's it going? And what can be behind it?
Duration: 2 hours
Download/CD RRP: £6.79/ £13.27
Release Date: 03 March 2011

Department X finds the Torchwood team going undercover in Cardiff department store G. R. Owen, the last of Cardiff's old department stores. Times are hard and the ancient firm has gone into administration. But who are the Administrators? What goes on behind the shutters at night? And why are customers disappearing? Jack is determined to find out, before the store closes forever.

Duration: 2 hours
Download/CD RRP: £6.79/ £13.27
Release Date: 03 March 2011

Thanks to AudioGo

ETA: James Goss's Doctor Who audio story The Hounds of Aretemis is being given away this Saturday in the Guardian newspaper. Sunday's Observer will feature The Ring of Steel read by Arthur Darvill. Go here for more details on this story.

Thanks to Scardis for this info

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Book Signing at the Dr Who Experience

Taking place next month is an official book signing at the Doctor Who Experience in London by by authors Justin Richards and Oli Smith. The guys will be there to autograph their "2 in 1" books, System Wipe and Death Riders. Other Who experts will also be on stand by along with monsters & more! It's a free event and starts 11am on March 5th.

Thanks to Puffin, Ladybird, Warne and BBC Children's Books

DWO WhoCast #178 - available now!

The DWO Whocast returns to the "airwaves" with a brand new host - me! Blogtor - otherwise known as Cameron K McEwan - has joined the longest running Doctor Who podcast along with former host Tony Gallichan of the Flashing Blade Podcast. The show launched earlier tonight and is available from iTunes HERE and from the official site, The DWO Whocast. Check out the details on the latest episode below.

Here it is then! The return of the DWO WhoCast. Featuring something old: former host, Tony Gallichan. Something new: fresh host, Cameron K McEwan. Something borrowed: um... pushing it a bit here... er... Something blue: .... Um...
It's a longer episode then normal as you get the chance to learn about your hosts and eavesdrop on a sort of virtual fireside chat by two, somewhat obsessed, Doctor Who fans.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Lily Cole joins Dr Who

The BBC have announced that model/actress Lily Cole is to star in Doctor Who, believed to the "Pirate" story currently filming with Hugh Bonneville. According to the official site:
Lily plays a mysterious creature that haunts a pirate ship. Sounds scary but Lily wasn't spooked, saying 'It is a great script and fun character and I'm glad to be involved!'