Wednesday, August 24, 2016
This month's main range release sees the adventures of the 7th Doctor, Ace and Mel continue with an adventure set in Spain in the year 1938. You can order this adventure from the Big Finish website.
In search of "a taste of the real Spain", the TARDIS transports the Doctor, Ace and rejoined crewmember Mel not to sizzling Fuerteventura, or the golden sands of the Costa Brava – but to 1938, amid the horrors of the Spanish Civil War.
Having fallen in with a rag-tag column of Republican soldiers, the time and space travellers seek shelter from Franco's bombers in the walled town of Farissa – only to discover themselves besieged by dead men returned to life...
Written By: Guy Adams
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Bonnie Langford (Mel), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Enzo Squillino Jnr (Juan Romero), Christopher Hatherall (George Newman), Owen Aaronovitch (Antonio Ferrando/Control Unit), Tom Alexander (Luis/Phillipe). Other parts portrayed by the cast.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Eye on Sci-Fi - August 2016 - Stranger Things, Rogue One, Orphan Black, Blade Runner 2 and Jack Burton and Snake Plissken
By Ken Parker
Stranger Things - What an excellent show. It is interesting to see a show that has so many homages and connections to the movies of the 80's and yet seem so original and exciting. I would say, if you loved sci-fi movies like E.T, Firestarter, Goonies as well as Stephen Spielberg, John Carpenter and Stephen King films then you will recognize and like Stranger Things. Not only does this show take you back in time to the 80's in both setting and feel but it also manages to deliver a highly entertaining show that is both a kids adventure and an adult horror movie. Netflix is on fire right now with their original programming and this series, 8 episodes long and already renewed for season 2, raises the bar for not only other Netflix series but for television in general. I could go on and on but there is no reason really. Your excuses not to get Netflix have just dwindled to practically nothing!
Over the weekend NYCC has added some big BBC guests through BBC Worldwide and fans of Doctor Who will not be disappointed. Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie and the cast of Class will be appearing Friday at NYCC over at The Theater at Madison Square Garden which boasts a bigger venue so more people will be able to see the 12th Doctor. Also added to the Matt Smith and Karen Gillan autograph sessions will be Jenna Coleman. She will be appearing Thursday and Friday in the autograph area. NYCC runs from October 6 to the 9th. More info at the links below.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
David Suchet who is known for playing Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot has been announced as a guest star for Series 10 of Doctor Who. The Poirot star will be playing a character named The Landlord in a story written by Mike Bartlett.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Out today is the second part of the four Doctor adventure against the Cybermen. The Doctor Who comic event of the summer continues this week so head over to your local comic book store and check out the next part.
Cyberships on fire in the Thames, as the Ninth Doctor battles for the soul of London! Dinosaur danger for the Eleventh Doctor, as the Cybermen attempt to conquer human prehistory! Caught in the middle of an ancient alien war, the Cybermen present a third side for the Tenth Doctor to face! And for the Twelfth Doctor – a deeply personal showdown with the architect behind the universe’s current chaos. No TARDIS, no help, no rescue: THERE IS NO RESISTANCE… ONLY THE CYBERIAD!
Writers: George Mann & Cavan Scott
Artists: Ivan Rodriguez & Walter Geovanni
FC - 32pp - $3.99 - On sale: Aug 17
Cover A: Alessandro Vitti & Nicola Righi
Cover B: Photo Cover
Cover C: Fabio Listrani
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Starting in September the Early Adventures return with four new adventures featuring the First Doctor and his many companions. It all gets going with a story featuring the First Doctor with Ian, Barbara and Susan. You can order these audio adventures from the Big Finish website.
Doctor Who - The Age of Endurance
The TARDIS materialises on board a still and eerie spaceship. When a squad of soldiers land, they realise they've found themselves in the middle of a war zone. With one of their crew trapped by the enemy, the Doctor and his friends find themselves locked in a desperate race for survival. Vast warships manoeuvre around each other as both sides try to out-think their opponents, flying into ever more dangerous areas of space.
The stakes could not be higher. But as ever in war, the lines between good and evil are hard to define. Will anyone survive to claim the moral high ground?
Doctor Who - The Fifth Traveller
The Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Vicki and Jospa land the TARDIS on the homeworld of the Arunde. Emerging into the jungle that covers the planet and encountering the strange wildlife dwelling within, the travellers are unaware that the true rulers live high above them in the trees.
The ape-like members of the tribe are in trouble. The last Matriar's nest has been lost to the surface, and the people are hungry... Maybe these strangers may be responsible. And some believe they may be salvation.
The TARDIS crew are about to find themselves in the middle of somebody else's battle. But there's more at stake than even they can know.
Doctor Who - The Ravelli Conspiracy
When the TARDIS lands in a house in Florence, Italy in 1514, it isn't long before the guards of Guiliano de Medici arrest Steven and Vicki. To rescue them, the Doctor has to employ the help of the house's owner - one Niccolo Machiavelli. But can he be completely trusted?
Guiliano confesses to his brother Pope Leo X that he has angered the wealthy family of Ravelli and believes the newcomers may be part of an assassination plot. But when the Doctor arrives an already tricky situation starts to spiral out of control.
As the city rings with plot and counter-plot, betrayal and lies abound. The Doctor and his friends must use all their ingenuity if they're not to be swept away by history.
This conspiracy is about to get complicated..
Doctor Who - The Sontarans
The TARDIS crew encounter a dangerous race of clones, planning to drag the Solar System into an endless war.
Monday, August 15, 2016
This month's Torchwood audio adventure features Eve Myles as Gwen and it looks like she is up against a monster this time. You can order this audio adventure from the Big Finish website.
"It stalks you. It whispers. It wants you to turn around. It wants you to look. But if you do... If you see it..."
Talmouth is a lonely seaside town. No-one has heard from it for days. No-one who goes in comes out. Something has happened to Talmouth. Has it been taken over by aliens? Or is it something far, far worse?
Gwen Cooper's come to Talmouth to find out. What's happened has to be seen to be believed. But by the time you’ve seen it, you’re already dead.
Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners
Written By: Guy Adams
Directed By: Scott Handcock
Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Matthew Gravelle (Darkness), Marilyn Le Conte (Mrs Rhodes), Ross Ford (James)
Produced by James Goss
Script edited by Steve Tribe
Thursday, August 11, 2016
NYCC have announced that Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will be guests at NYCC this year on Thursday and Friday October 6th and 7th. There are limited tickets left so if you want to see them don't wait. More info at the link.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Out today are three comic books for the ongoing series of the 12th, 10th and 9th Doctor comic books. Checkout these stories as the books have been written really well and deserve your time in reading them. You can pick them up at your local comic book shop.
TWELFTH DOCTOR #2.8
He's seen the universe begin and end – and now all of time and space is his plaything. When there are innocents to save, vistas to savour, and a complete lack of savoir to faire, the Twelfth Doctor will be there to challenge dictators, change the fate of whole worlds, and discover secrets hidden for millennia!
Writer: George Mann
Artist: Mariano Laclaustra
Colorist: Carlos Cabrera
FC - 32pp - $3.99 - On sale: Aug 10
Cover A: Mark Wheatley
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Simon Myers
Monday, August 8, 2016
We look back at the Patrick Troughton Story The Dominators which came out 48 years ago this week.
By Norman Ashby
“An unintelligent enemy is far less dangerous than an intelligent one, Jamie. Just act stupid. Do you think you can manage that?”
The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe fresh from their little break after taking on the Cybermen in the Wheel decided to take an even longer break. They land on an island on the planet Dulkis. Dulkis is a peaceful planet that has sworn off violence and has no use for weapons anymore. Also on the island another ship also landed and inside that ship is The Dominators. The Dominators need a slave force to help get radioactive material to fuel their spaceship. Also on this ship are the robots that serve the Dominators which are the murderous Quarks. So it’s up to The Doctor to save the pacifist Dulkians to rise up and resist The Dominators and save the planet.
Friday, August 5, 2016
This months download only adventure features the 3rd Doctor and it is narrated by the guy who now plays the 3rd Doctor in the audio adventures Tim Treloar. You can order this audio adventure from the Big Finish website.
As the decade in English history which attracts the greatest quantity of alien invasions per annum, the 1970s are not the easiest time in which to steer the great British ship of state. The Prime Minister, nonetheless, is doing the very best job he can. Still, at least he has UNIT to rely on – their eccentric, bouffant-haired scientific adviser in particular. Or does he?
Producer Ian Atkins
Script Editor Ian Atkins
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Written By: Jonathan Barnes
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman
Tim Treloar (Narrator)
Thursday, August 4, 2016
BBC Worldwide has announced that it will be releasing the Paul McGann TV Movie on Blu Ray in September. So far there is only news on the UK release from Amazon but hopefully there will be news on a US release. There is no word yet on the extras for this release but I'm sure when it gets closer to its release date there will be more info trickling in.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Out today in comic book stores is the first issue of a new on going comic book series for Torchwood. This comic book's first arc will be written by Captain Jack himself John Barrowman and his sister Carole and is published by the Titan Comics that also publishes the Doctor Who comic book.
Writers: John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman
Artists: Antonio Fuso and Pasquale Qualano
FC - $3.99 - 32pp - On sale: Aug 3
Cover A: Tommy Lee Edwards
Cover B: Photo variant (Will Brooks)
Cover C: Elena Casagrande
Cover D: Blair Shedd
Cover E: Rod Reis
Cover F: Blank Sketch
Books-a-Million / Fried Pie Variant: Claudia Caranfa
Friday, July 29, 2016
Out this month is a box set that pits Classic Doctors against enemies from the new show. Doctors 5,6,7 and 8 take center stage in this intriguing set of adventures that is sure to bring new possibilities in the Doctor Who Big Finish Universe. You can order this box set from the Big Finish website.
1.1 Fallen Angels by Phil Mulryne
2015: When sightseers Joel and Gabby Finch encounter a strange man in Edwardian cricketing garb in the Sistine Chapel, their honeymoon suddenly takes a terrifying turn.
1511: Michelangelo is commissioned to create some very special sculptures by a mysterious sect. But as he carves, angels seem to emerge fully-formed from the rock. Almost as if they are alive…
From Michelangelo’s workshop to the catacombs of Rome, the Fifth Doctor must keep his wits about him and his eyes wide open as he confronts the Weeping Angels.
1.2 Judoon in Chains by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris
The Sixth Doctor is no stranger to courtroom drama, but faces a very different challenge when he prepares to defend a most unusual Judoon.
After an environmental clearance mission goes wrong, Captain Kybo of the Nineteenth Judoon Interplantary Force is stranded in Victorian England, bound in chains, an exhibit in a circus show. But he has allies: Eliza Jenkins – known to audiences as ‘Thomasina Thumb’ – and the larger-than-life ‘clown’ in the colourful coat.
Uncovering a trail of injustice and corruption, the Doctor and Kybo soon find themselves on trial for their lives…
1.3 Harvest of the Sycorax by James Goss
In the far future, humanity has a remedy for everything. Whatever the problem, Pharma Corps has the answer and a designer disease tailored to every human’s blood-type. Zanzibar Hashtag has no need to be sad, scared, stressed, or depressed ever again.
That is, until vicious aliens arrive on her space station intent on opening its Vault. What will it mean for the human race if the Sycorax take control of what’s inside?
And when the Seventh Doctor arrives on the scene, can he convince Zanzibar to care about her life long enough to help him?
1.4 The Sontaran Ordeal by Andrew Smith
An instant of the Time War brings centuries of conflict to the planet Drakkis, and the Eighth Doctor is there to witness the terrible results.
A Sontaran fleet, desperate to join the epic conflict, follows in its wake to take advantage of the fallout. But when Commander Jask is beamed down to the ravaged surface, there is more to his arrival than first appears.
Soon, an unlikely champion joins forces with the Time Lord to fight for the future of her world, and together they must face the Sontaran Ordeal…
Written By: Phil Mulryne, Simon Barnard, Paul Morris, James Goss, Andrew Smith
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards
Peter Davison (The Doctor) Sacha Dhawan (Joel Finch), Diane Morgan (Gabby Finch), Matthew Kelly (Michelangelo), Joe Jameson (Piero), Dan Starkey (Priest). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Judoon in Chains
Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicholas Briggs (Captain Kybo), Kiruna Stamell (Eliza Jenkins), Trevor Cooper (Jonathan Jaggers Esq), Tony Millan (Justice Burrows/Jonty), Sabina Franklyn (Herculania) Nicholas Pegg (Business Owner). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Harvest of the Sycorax
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Nisha Nayar (Zanzibar), Jonathan Firth (Cadwallader), Rebecca Callard (Shadrak), Giles Watling (The Sycorax Chief)
The Sontaran Ordeal
Paul McGann (The Doctor), Josette Simon (Sarana Teel), Dan Starkey (Jask), Christopher Ryan (General Stenk/Flitch), Sean Connolly (Tag Menkin/Ensign Stipe).
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Matt Fitton
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Out today in the UK is issue 502 of Doctor Who Magazine where they start to look ahead to Series 10 of Doctor Who with an interview with Steven Moffat. You can pick up Doctor Who Magazine at your local newsagent or when it comes out in the USA at Barnes and Noble.
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE LOOKS AHEAD TO THE NEW SERIES IN ISSUE 502!
As Matt Lucas and Pearl Mackie join Peter Capaldi in the TARDIS, we ask showrunner Steven Moffat how it feels to be working on his final series…
“When I agreed to do one more run, I thought, ‘Sod it, I’m not doing the march to the scaffold,’” says Steven. “I want it to feel like a brand new show. I want it to feel like Episode 1 of a new series. I want to leave like it’s all just beginning.”
The issue also includes an interview with casting director Andy Pryor, who talks about the decision to cast Pearl Mackie as the Doctor’s new companion, Bill…
“Pearl has this sort of boldness, and an ability to tap into the humour of the part without making it an overtly comic performance,” says Andy. “From the word go, she made the part her own. She found things in the part that none of us had envisaged, and she made Bill a rounded person.”
ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE…
DWM comic artist Mike Collins reveals the secrets of his work storyboarding TV Doctor Who!
A fascinating insight into the early correspondence between Doctor Who Magazine and BBC Enterprises.
THE PESTILENT HEART
Part 2 of a brand-new comic strip adventure, The Pestilent Heart, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Mike Collins.
Jacqueline Rayner bows out with her final Relative Dimensions column.
The Time Team attempt to distinguish dream and reality as they watch the 2010 episode, Amy’s Choice.
FRONTIER IN SPACE
War breaks out in space, in this issue’s Fact of Fiction, which covers the 1973 Third Doctor adventure Frontier in Space.
DWM previews all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
PLUS! All the latest official news, reviews, competitions, The DWM Crossword… and a MASSIVE poster and FOUR more art cards!
Doctor Who Magazine 502 is on sale from Thursday 28 July 2016, price £5.99.