Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Catherine Tate in Big School

The BBC have released promotional pictures of Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) in the new BBC One sitcom, Big School where she plays a French teacher (she teaches it, she's not actually French) - click on the images included here for bigger versions. You can also check out an interview with her in the player below. The new show also stars David Walliams (The God Complex), Steve Speirs (Aliens of London/World War III), Philip Glenister (Life On Mars) and many more. Big School starts during the week commencing Aug 16, exact date and time TBC.

Thanks to BBC Pictures

Tee Offer

Our chums over at TeeFury have got another great Doctor Who t~shirt for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled Barty Vs Doctor, the tees are available worldwide for $11 - visit the site HERE.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Doctor Who - The Complete Seventh Series DVD & Bluray [North America]

Details have been announced for the North American release of Doctor Who - The Complete Seventh Series on DVD and Bluray. Including all 13 episodes from Series 7 and the 2011 and 2012 Christmas Specials (The Doctor, The Widow & the Wardrobe and The Snowmen respectively, the 6-disc boxset set hits the USA and Canada on Sept 24. Check out the extras below and click on the images for bigger versions:

• Behind the scenes featurettes for every episode of Series 7 plus The Snowmen   
• Interviews with Matt Smith and Jenna-Louse Coleman from BBC AMERICA’s The Nerdist
• All-new featurettes INFORARIUM, Clara and the TARDIS, and Rain Gods      
• Other featurettes including: The Making of the Gunslinger, Creating Clara, Last Days of the Ponds, and Pond Life*
• Doctor Who Specials: The Science of Doctor Who, Doctor Who in the US, The Companions, and Doctor Who at Comic Con      
• Prequels to episodes: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, Asylum of the Daleks, The Snowmen (x3), The Bells of Saint John and The Name of the Doctor (x2)
• Audio commentaries for episodes: The Snowmen, Cold War, Hide, and The Crimson Horror

is available from Sept 24, 2013
DVD $79.98 (US) or $99.90 (Canada)
Bluray $89.98 (US) or $109.50 (Canada) 

Read the details of the UK release of Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series boxset, with different cover art, extras and out in October, HERE.

* PLEASE NOTE: The Making of the Gunslinger and Pond Life aren't actually "featurettes" but that's what the press release states.

Doctor Who - The Complete Seventh Series boxset UPDATE

BBC Worldwide have announced that the UK release of Doctor Who - The Complete Seventh Series on DVD and Bluray WILL now include the 2011 Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow & the Wardrobe. Its prequel will also be included.

The episode was omitted from last week's announcement but this has now been rectified by BBC Worldwide. Alongside it, all thirteen episodes from Series 7 and the 2012 Christmas Special, the set also features:
• Behind the scenes featurettes for every episode (except The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe)
Creating Clara
• Rain Gods
• Clara and the TARDIS
• Inforarium
• Clara’s White Christmas
• Last Days of the Ponds
• The Science of Doctor Who
• The Companions
• Doctor Who at Comic Con 
Olympics: Good as Gold (UK ONLY)
Pond Life
• The Making of the Gunslinger
• The Great Detective
• Vastra Investigates
• Demons Run: Two Days Later
• She Said, He Said
• Clarence and the Whispermen
• The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe prequel
• The Bells of Saint John prequel
Asylum of the Daleks prequel
• Audio commentaries for The Snowmen, Cold War, Hide, and The Crimson Horror

is released on October 28 in the UK
RRP: DVD £51.05/Blu-ray £57.18 

Check out the details for the North American boxset HERE.

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

Official TARDIS Studio Tours!

The Doctor Who Experience is adding an exciting new dimension for Summer 2013. For the first time ever, visitors to the Experience in Cardiff Bay – the spiritual home of Doctor Who - will have the opportunity to visit the TARDIS set at the nearby Roath Lock Studios. Read the Blogtor Who review of the Tour HERE.

Guests will be able to set foot on the brand new TARDIS console room which has been seen on screen since the 2012 Christmas special The Snowmen and will also be featured in the highly anticipated 50th anniversary episode on 23rd November. Visits begin from the Doctor Who Experience foyer and it is advisable to book in advance of a visit. More information on tickets can be found HERE.

Prices start from £20.50 for adults and £14.50 for children, which includes general admission to the Doctor Who Experience and the TARDIS studio set tour, or £25.50/£14.40 respectively to include a walking tour of filming locations around Cardiff Bay. These official studio tours are available to book now until the 25th of August. Photography is permitted while on the Official TARDIS Studio Tours.

Read the Blogtor Who review of the TARDIS Tour HERE

REVIEW: Doctor Who Studio Tours

Doctor Who exhibitions are nothing new. The first one was set up in 1973 at Longleat in Wiltshire, and for most of the past 40 years there's been a display somewhere of props, sets and monsters from the show, delighting children and making adults feel like kids again. All marvelous, of course, but here's something new: never before in Doctor Who's 50-year history has it been possible for fans to visit not only a brilliant exhibition, but also to step through the actual doors of the "real" TARDIS - as seen on TV!

BBC Worldwide have now revealed the masterplan they had in mind when the Doctor Who Experience was set up in Cardiff Bay last year, next to the BBC Roath Lock Studios where the show is filmed. From the big blue DWE building, it's just a leisurely 5 minute stroll to the security gate that allows backstage access to the studio complex. Accompanied by a BBC guide, tour groups will be able to pass through the gate and find themselves in Studio 4, home of the TARDIS.

As always with the TARDIS, there are monsters outside. Currently, the set is guarded by a bronze Dalek and Weeping Angel. Incongruously, there's a seating area of comfy chairs borrowed from various BBC living room sets, where visitors can wait their turn to enter the TARDIS. There's also a TV showing (what else?) Doctor Who. Guests enter the TARDIS in small groups, not because the set is small (it's huge!) but because keeping the set uncrowded offers the best viewing and photo experience.

The moment when the BBC guide opens those blue doors has to be one of the biggest thrills a Who fan could ever have.

And then you're there: on the high platform next to the central console, with the time rotor and domed ceiling high above you, and the floor way below in shadow. As we know from TV, this is a 360-degree set - there's no "missing" wall where the camera peeks in. You're completely in the TARDIS. Lights flash, screens flicker their timey-wimey patterns. The clever boys and girls of the BBC crew can even play the dematerialisation sound effects over hidden speakers, as they did when Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited recently. Fantastic! 

Honestly, I wasn't sure about this new TARDIS when I saw it on TV. Too grey, I thought, and that side console looks more Star Wars than Doctor Who... But, standing on the set, I love it. It's kept many of the best elements of the "coral" and "steampunk" TARDISes, and has loads of nods to the "classic" era too. Most importantly, it's the TARDIS. Like the Doctor is the Doctor. And anyway, if you prefer one of the other sets, they're all next door in the Doctor Who Experience.

The BBC's current plan is to keep Roath Lock Studio 4 open to DWE visitors through Aug 25. The studio tours will be available as another add-on to the regular DWE package, like the recently-introduced walking tour of Doctor Who locations in Cardiff Bay. The Doctor Who Experience really is the ultimate day out for fans in the show's anniversary year. Come to Cardiff Bay for your adventure in space and time!

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

Tee Offers

Our buddies over at RIPT Apparel have got another two great Doctor Who designs for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled The Minions Have The Phone Box and Doctor Gru the tees are available worldwide for $10 - visit the site HERE! They're also available in kids sizes, a fleece hoody, a onesie and in prints, coasters and iPhone cases!

Monday, July 29, 2013

REVIEW: Fourth Doctor Time Capsule

Starring Tom Baker

Out Now (UK Only) - Buy HERE

Full boxset details HERE

Review by Cameron K McEwan

A special boxset treat for the middle of summer for Who fans, specifically those of the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker. Arguably the most loved and the "best" (I should point, however, he is not my favourite), this tribute to the longest-serving (in proper, real terms) is a superb collection of collectibles which includes the first DVD outing for the truly classic story, Terror of the Zygons.

The Zygons have long been a favourite of fans due to their incredible realisation on screen and their brilliant one-time appearance (at the time of writing - the sucker-clad bad boys are due to make an appearance later this year in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special), and now their debut gets a digital release. I shan't go on too much about the story itself, as I will review it in more depth for its DVD release later this year, but Zygons is most definitely one of my favourite Tom Baker stories.

Apart from the Skarasen (still mind-bogglingly awful after all these years and not CGd up for this release), it's a perfect tale with Baker, Sladen et al in top, top form and some mighty fine direction from one of Who's best, Douglas "The Guv'nor" Camfield. Also worthy of a mention is the sublime soundtrack from Geoffrey Burgon - a work of outstanding delicate and evocative beauty.

Terror of the Zygons is presented here on one disc with no extras and in a special case (see above) with its own special DVD menu too. Strangely, but most welcome, Terror is also available with a 5.1 soundtrack which is a nice treat for audio lovers. One awaits its own DVD release later this year with trouser-tightening anticipation.

The other DVD included, An Interview with the Time Lord, is a twenty-five minute interview with the man himself, Tom Baker. Captured in what looks like a local pub, Tom is engaging as ever with some new stories and some made-up (as only Tom can do). Hearing the former Time Lord chat about his colleagues and, specifically, the regeneration scenes, is a sad affair; Pertwee, by Baker's account, wasn't "very affectionate" towards his successor.

It's a tad odd on the production front as it's heavily edited and takes more the form of a Q&A as opposed to a more fuller interview, with answers quite short and sometimes bereft of a fuller answer. Oddly, despite Baker discussing his career as The Doctor, all the clips shown during the interview are from the accompanying story, Terror of the Zygons (and more than not, the clips have nothing to do with what Tom is discussing and inserted at unrelated moments).

On the audio front there's the excellent Genesis of the Daleks, first released on vinyl back in 1979. A cracking piece of archive material featuring the television soundtrack along with Tom's linking narration. There's even a book, Tomb of Valdemar by Simon Messingham, included for page-turning lovers. Set during the Fourth Doctor’s search for the Key to Time, the novel was released as part of the "past Doctors" range in 2000. I have to admit that it's inclusion is perhaps questionable, with perhaps a classic Target novelisation more appropriate to celebrate the Tom Baker era.

For toy fans there's the neat post-regeneration Fourth Doctor action figure, featuring Tom Baker's Doctor in the costume of his predecessor, Jon Pertwee (pictured right). A wonderful addition to anyone's collection - and very rare too as it is exclusive to this set. There's also a Fourth Doctor sonic screwdriver and a lovely, lovely letter written by Baker to his fans. It's such a nice touch and delightful to know that Tommy B cares so much for the millions of people whose lives he touched over the years.

The set is beautifully presented in a rather swish box, very stylish and very Doctor Who - as are the specially presented discs and book inside, truly Gallifreyan. Also incredibly stylish are the companion art cards included, all good enough to be framed and mounted on a wall, stunning eloquent in their monochrome glory. The Fourth Doctor Time Capsule is a glorious item and, at only five thousand copies, very limited and extremely collectible. Definitely for the more hardcore of fans but most assuredly a brilliant gift for any Who fan. Buy now and then wait until Christmas to give!
Thanks to BBC Worldwide 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

REVIEW: Remembrance of the Daleks at the BFI

Doctor Who at 50:
Remembrance of the Daleks
BFI Southbank, London, July 27,  2013

Featuring: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and more.

Another sell out, packed house (not to mention those queuing for hours for return tickets), the BFI's celebration of the Seventh Doctor era on the London's Southbank was greeted by a hugely appreciative audience.

Before the first ep of the classic 1988 four-parter featuring the mad little bastards from Skaro, we were treated to the surprise of a John Leeson appearance and interview to kick off the day. As voice of the Battle Computer in Remembrance of the Daleks (which was news to me, it has to be said!), Leeson is, of course, better known as the voice of K9. The actor made for a wonderful guest with his endearing humour and soothing voice (and even delved into some tin dog antics for us). To cap it off, the big screen showed the opening title sequence to the charming Doctor Who spin-off, K9 & Company. The audience's delight was palpable and was applauded warmly and with great humour.

The episodes of Remembrance looked surprisingly good on the big screen, in terms of picture quality. Given that it was first broadcast twenty-five years ago or so and shot on video, as opposed to the flashy HD we have now, it looked grand and even exciting in the cinema theatre.

It's a cracking old yarn and despite a great number of very wobbly and shakey Dalek action (and the odd wobbly and shakey performance too) it was a real pleasure sitting down to watch it with a few hundred fellow fans. I'm not a particular admirer of the Seventh Doctor era and it had been approximately eight years since I'd last watched the story - so it was an almost fresh watch. The gathered crowd were hugely engaged with applause for Michael Sheard's appearance and also the Special Weapons Dalek (and many laughs and guffaws at the numerous gags throughout).

In between some eps more guests were brought out for our delectation and deliberation. Legendary special effects guru Mike Tucker, who has worked on the show in both pre- and post-2005 (most recently on Cold War and the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special) chatted enthusiastically about his rise from teen fan making films at home to actually working on the show he loved so much. A heart-warming interlude. Similarly, Dick Mills of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was brought on to a rousing reception, and chatted expertly about his time on the show. Again, another fascinating interview with a man whose legacy and output will be long remembered.

The full panel Q&A after the story was screened could not have been much better in terms of guests for the era (though Bonnie Langford and Andrew Cartmel did send their apologies for not being present). Remembrance writer Ben Aaronovitch (and also Battlefield) was joined by Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Sylvester McCoy (The Seventh Doctor) and the onscreen chemistry between the pair was evident as ever in person as they fondly remembered their years together.

A particular highlight was hearing McCoy discuss his time filming the 1996 Paul McGann television movie (screening at the BFI in October), comparing his luxurious conditions and treatment in North America with the less than favourable ones he experienced at the BBC.

Another top event from the BFI who pull out all the stops for these Doctor Who screenings, bringing in fantastic guests with wonderful stories and love to share. Their time on the show might have been comparatively small, but Sylvester and Sophie's remembrance looms large.


Thanks to the BFI - follow on Twitter HERE.

All images courtesy of Zygon Curry, reproduced with kind permission.


Despite no new episodes on telly, news comes in thick and fast in the world of Doctor Who - and some juicy nuggets may have passed you by. Collected here is a round-up of the very latest news. Don't forget you can follow Blogtor Who on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on Doctor Who - follow HERE. Read the last news round~up HERE.




Blogtor's Murray Gold interview - Part 1 Part 2

Cleaning Up with Mark Gatiss & Louise Jameson

Doctor Who audio producers Big Finish are looking to make their first feature film - a movie-length version of the short film, Cleaning Up, which starred Louise Jameson, Mark Gatiss and Tracy-Ann Oberman (Army of Ghosts/Doomsday) and voice of the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs. The film, written and directed by The Guerrier Brothers (who have produced a number of excellent Who documentaries, amongst other things), is looking for funding and you can find out more in the player above.

Cleaning Up can be purchased from the Big Finish site HERE, where all money made goes to making the big screen version! Click on the EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes images of Louise Jameson and Mark Gatiss on the set of Cleaning Up below for bigger versions.

You can also watch another film from Simon Guerrier, Modern Man, in the player below. The short film has a number of Doctor Who connections: it stars Sean Knopp (The Bells of Saint John), the Director of Photography is Dale McCready who shot The Rings of Akhaten and the stunt-co-ordinator is Dani Biernat who regularly doubles for Jenna Coleman.

Thanks to Simon Guerrier

Friday, July 26, 2013

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary micro-figure range

Toy manufacturer Character Options have unveiled a brand new Doctor Who 50th Anniversary range featuring Rare, Super Rare and Ultra Rare micro-figures. As the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who moves ever closer, a brand new ultimate range of Doctor Who micro-figures featuring all eleven incarnations of the Doctors will be released for the Character Building collection. Click on the image below for a bigger version.

Each highly detailed and fully articulated micro-figure is sealed within a bag to keep the figure hidden, giving a surprise each time. Finding them all will be a challenge as some figures will be harder to find than others. Within the new range, certain incarnations of the Time Lord will be classed as Rare, Super Rare or Ultra Rare. Here’s what to look out for:

Rare - Tenth Doctor with just 500 pieces in circulation
Super Rare - Third and Fifth Doctor with only 250 pieces
Ultra Rare - Second and Eleventh Doctor with merely 100 pieces each to be found

There are eleven micro-figures to collect, each with its own display base and collector’s leaflet highlighting all the characters available in this special series. Whether, Rare, Super Rare, Ultra Rare or one of the remaining six, these micro-figures will make treasured mementoes in a landmark year.

DVD REVIEW: The Green Death: Special Edition

Starring Jon Pertwee

2-disc DVD - details HERE

UK: Aug 5

I shan't bore you with my thoughts on this classic tale, having already been released on DVD (so I'm sure you've got it already), but The Green Death is one of the most iconic adventures not only of the Jon Pertwee era, but also of all Doctor Who serials. Frequently (and fondly) remembered as “the one with the maggots”, this tale of ecological doom strongly evokes the growing awareness of our impending environment crisis, when it first came to public attention in the 1970s.

However, the story also marked the departure of the Katy Manning's Jo Grant and heralded the start of the slow break-up of the UNIT family – indeed, the farewell of Jo has often been cited as a rare example of classic Who embracing a more emotional tone we find now in "new" Who, with the finale offering a dramatic template on which the revived series draws on. As such, this release celebrates the influence of The Green Death on the revival and rightly offers the most for fans of both old and new Who.

Also included as an extra is Death Of The Doctor, a The Sarah Jane Adventures two-parter that featured both Matt Smith's Time Lord and Katy Manning's last appearance (to date) as Jo on-screen. This is a lovely addition that not only really showcases SJA at its best, but also a rare, lone example of Russell T Davies writing for The Eleventh Doctor. (You can read Blogtor's review of Death of the Doctor HERE.)

The Green Death contains a wonderful collection of riches for fans of the series, no matter their age. Aside from the usual Who DVD goodies (the well-established PDFs, fascinating Production Subtitles and Photo Galleries), there are some incredibly fun and well-produced featurettes - most notably The One With The Maggots, a documentary on the making of this production. Also included is a fascinating extended look at the FX creation of the iconic maggot monsters themselves, extended interviews with Robert Sloman and Stuart Bevan, some nostalgic clips from Wales Today with Jon Pertwee (which tell you what happened to the location later in the 1990s) and a look at Katy Manning's post-Who pottery series (yes, you read that correctly), amusingly titled Serendipity.

Given that Russell T Davies often talks about the emotional impact of this serial on both him as a child and on his approach on how he handled Who's revival, then it isn't surprising to find the extras offering much from the man himself, without unbalancing the extras in favour of the post-2005 series.

Episode Six features a charming and touching bonus commentary with RTD and Manning discussing the impact of the final episode, her relationship with Jon Pertwee and how SJA brought her new fame, and an array of wonderful Welsh accents. This rapport continues through into an unmissable and sweet commentary between them on the Death Of Doctor.

Finally, of most interest for new series fans, is a mini-documentary that discusses the the gradual plans that fell into place to bring the show back, and how much luck has been on "new" Who's side, even as far back as the late 1980s, revealing – possibly for the first time - a bizarre connection between John Nathan-Turner and Jane Tranter (pictured below) that lead to her life-long love of the original show.

Tranter's passion is clear to all here, showing that even as the show began to die, she saw what the show could offer if it was loved again, its potential place at the BBC and what a successful Doctor Who it could mean for British television; all of this turning her into its greatest champion many years later. One hopes this will be explored and expanded for a future New Series DVD or bluray release.

"Easter Eggs" to hunt out include the original 1973 and 1994 repeat continuity announcements - which will give certain fans of both the Seventies and the Nineties a nostalgia rush, and an out-take from Global Conspiracy, another DVD extra featured on this set (starring Mark Gatiss).

Overall, given the iconic nature of this serial, it was only fitting that BBC Worldwide delivered a celebration on DVD that showcases its influence which continues today, and this release delivers.

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

Doctor Who - Complete Seventh Series boxset [UPDATE]

PLEASE NOTE: This post has been updated with new information and amendments regarding this set. It has also been updated with a new version of the artwork. This is now a FIVE disc set, not three as previously shown on the cover art [July 29].

Further to this, BBC Worldwide has announced that the 2011 Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow & the Wardrobe WILL be included on the set with its prequel. [July 30]

BBC Worldwide have released details of the Complete Seventh Series on DVD and Bluray, which hits the streets in October. Check out the details below and click on the image below for a bigger version.

BBC Worldwide releases all thirteen blockbuster episodes from the seventh series of the iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who on Blu-ray and DVD on October 28, 2013. In addition, the set includes the 2012 Christmas Special, and exciting bonus features including behind-the-scenes featurettes, Doctor Who at Comic Con, specials The Companions and Doctor Who in the US, and more!

Additional content includes:
• Behind the scenes featurettes for every episode plus The Making of the Gunslinger and Creating Clara.
• Other Featurettes including: Doctor Who in the US, Last Days of the Ponds, Pond Life, The Science of Doctor Who, The Companions and Doctor Who at Comic Con.
• Prequels to episodes: Asylum of the Daleks, The Snowmen (x3), The Bells of Saint John and The Name of the Doctor (x2).
• Audio commentaries for episodes: The Snowmen, Cold War, Hide, and The Crimson Horror.

is released on October 28 in the UK and Sept 24 in North America
RRP: DVD £51.05/Blu-ray £57.18  

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Doctor Who - The Fourth Doctor Time Capsule

Earlier today, Blogtor was given a sneak preview of the upcoming limited edition Fourth Doctor Time Capsule - a boxset that features Terror of the Zygons on DVD for the first time, an EXCLUSIVE Fourth Doctor action figure and much, much more! Buy it from the BBC Shop HERE and click on the pics included here for bigger versions.

Terror of the Zygons DVD (1 disc).
An Interview with the Time Lord DVD - a 25 minute interview with Tom Baker.
• An exclusive post-regenerative Fourth Doctor action figure, wearing Jon Pertwee’s trademark frill-fronted shirt (pictured left).
• A Fourth Doctor sonic screwdriver.
• An audio version of classic story, Genesis of the Daleks.
• Novel Tomb of Valdemar by Simon Messingham, set during the Fourth Doctor’s search for the Key to Time.
• Art cards of all the Fourth Doctor’s companions.
• A letter from Tom Baker himself.
• Limited to 5,000 copies only. Each edition numbered.

The set is beautifully presented in a rather swish box, very stylish and very Doctor Who - as are the specially presented discs and book inside, truly Gallifreyan. Also incredibly stylish are the companion art cards included, all good enough to be framed and mounted on a wall, stunning eloquent in their monochrome glory. Just check them out below!

For toy fans there's also the neat post-regeneration Fourth Doctor action figure, featuring Tom Baker's Doctor in the costume of his predecessor, Jon Pertwee. A wonderful addition to anyone's collection - and very rare too as it is exclusive to this set. You can check out a picture of it above in this post.

Aside from the classic stories form his era, Terror of the Zygons on DVD (for the first time) and Genesis of the Daleks on audio, there's also a Fourth Doctor sonic screwdriver and a lovely, lovely letter written by Tom Baker to his fans (pictured right). It's such a nice touch and delightful to know that Tommy B cares so much for the millions of people whose lives he touched over the years.

The Fourth Doctor Time Capsule will be released on July 29 in the UK only - buy it from the BBC Shop HERE. A full review of the set will be coming up on Blogtor Who in the next few days.

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

Doctor Who at Comic Con pics!

The BBC have released hi-res pictures of Doctor Who stars Matt Smith (The Eleventh Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara) and current showrunner Steven Moffat speaking to 6500 fans at Comic Con in San Diego. Click on the pics for bigger versions.

All images courtesy of Dave Anderson/BBC America.

Mr Potato Head: The Eleventh Doctor

It's the Mr Potato Head interpretation of the Eleventh Doctor as played by "Mash" Smith! With removable parts, you can customize the last survivor of "Galli-fry" to your hearts content! Mr Potato Head: The Eleventh Doctor is released on Aug 25 - buy it HERE.

Doctor Who Magazine 463

Details and cover art for tomorrow's issue of Doctor Who Magazine have been released; click on the cover for a bigger version and check out the news below:

In the first part of a look back at how and why Doctor Who was recommissioned back in 2003, DWM talks to the people who ensured its successful comeback, including the then BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning Jane Tranter, BBC Wales' Head of Drama Julie Gardner, and writer Russell T Davies.

“When Michael Grade arrived back at the BBC as Chairman, Mark Thompson was back as Director General,” Jane tells DWM. “Michael Grade [who had been BBC1 controller in the 1980s, and tried to cancel the show] didn't like Doctor Who at all. Mark Thompson actually asked me if we could stop. I said, no, we couldn't!"

Doctor Who’s showrunner and head writer STEVEN MOFFAT presents the three pieces that he wrote for the actors that have auditioned for the role of the Twelfth Doctor – and presents them exclusively for DWM readers!

Prolific Doctor Who author BOB BAKER looks back on his career in an exclusive interview with DWM and speaks proudly of his most famous contribution to the Doctor Who universe: K9, the Doctor’s robotic dog.

As we await the announcement of the new star of Doctor Who, journalist Claire Budd and novelist Una McCormack go head-to-head to debate the burning question: IS IT TIME FOR THE DOCTOR TO BECOME A WOMAN?

Jon Pertwee IS the Doctor, as former Doctor Who Script Editor ANDREW CARTMEL reviews the new Blu-ray release of the Third Doctor's classic 1970 d├ębut adventure SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE.

PLUS! All the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 463 is on sale Thurs July 25, priced £4.75.

Thanks to Doctor Who Magazine

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BFI: Doctor Who at 50 update

The BFI have announced details of the upcoming screenings as part of their fantastic Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebrations:

• Next month sees the Christopher Eccleston era remembered with Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways, August 24 at 2pm.

• September will honour the David Tennant years with The Stolen Earth/Journey's End on Sept 29 at 2pm (this is a Sunday screening).

• The Paul McGann TV Movie, Doctor Who, will be shown on Oct 5 at the earlier time of 10am. So far no guests have been announced for these three screenings (will keep you updated).

It’s also worth noting that although these events take place in two different months the member’s ballot for each event will take place at the same time (this is because the London Film Festival falls in mid October and the guide for September therefore includes the first week of October as well).

As previously reported, this Saturday sees a screening of Remembrance of the Daleks - full details HERE. The event is sold out, though you can always queue for returns on the day.
Thanks to the BFI

Monday, July 22, 2013

Daleks return for 50th Anniversary Special

The BBC have released new promotional pictures from the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special - click on the images included here for bigger versions. The seventy-five minute episode will air on BBC One and BBC America on Nov 23 - visit the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special section HERE for more pics, clips and info.

Thanks to BBC Pictures