Friday, February 24, 2017

Has Doctor Who Spinoff Class Been Axed???


According to an article in The Mirror, grain of salt not needed here, it appears the BBC will be canceling the Doctor Who spin-off Class after just one series. The ratings for Class has not been stellar as the first episode gained 600,000  viewers but tanked right after averaging around 300,000 viewers and not topping the top 50 of shows being viewed on iPlayer and the BBC late night airing was dismal as well. Plus it wasn't helped by the fact that the BBC did not promote Class well enough either.

Class was created and all episodes were written by Patrick Ness and it just wasn't the show that Steven Moffat had told us it would be. I thought it was a bit of mess filled with more teenage angst than fighting alien monsters.  If I had a choice to watch Class or Torchwood: Miracle Day I would watch Miracle Day.  Class was the fourth Doctor Who spinoff and the one that fared the worst with viewers, K-9 and Company is now happy with that news, and hopefully this pot hole in the road of Doctor Who doesn't put off the BBC from trying another Doctor Who spin-off.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Doctor Who Star Matt Smith To Attend Boston Comic Con


Boston Comic Con announced today that former Doctor Matt Smith will be a guest at this years convention that takes place August 11th to 13th at the Boston Convention and Expo Center.  Tickets for the show will be available starting on March 1st. For more info you can checkout the Boston Comic Con webpage.
http://bostoncomiccon.com/

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Doctor Who Comic Book Releases For February 22nd


Out today is the last part of the Third Doctor limited series.  You can get this comic book and all Doctor Who comic books at your local comic book shop.


DOCTOR WHO: THIRD DOCTOR #5
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Christopher Jones
FC - 32pp - $3.99 - On sale: February 22

FINAL ISSUE!

The Third Doctor’s Earth-bound exile has been lifted. But before he can set out on new adventures, an alien invasion appears to threaten Earth! It’s the devious work of an old enemy, Salamander, a former dictator with a startling resemblance to the Second Doctor! Now, forming an uneasy alliance with the Master, the Doctor and UNIT set out to stop him – but are they too late to stop his plans as he takes them all back into the past.

COVER A: Andy Walker
COVER B: Will Brooks
COVER C: Brian Miller & Hi-Fi
COVER D: Carolyn Edwards
                                                           COVER E: Marc Ellerby

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Details on Doctor Who - The Eternal Battle



This month's 4th Doctor audio adventure starring Tom Baker and Lalla Ward sees The Doctor and Romana take on the Sontarans who will be played by Dan Starkey.  You can order this audio adventure from the Big Finish website.
https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-eternal-battle-1234

The TARDIS has landed in a war zone. The Doctor, Romana and K9 find themselves traipsing through an inhospitable battlefield. Strange lights flicker in the sky, and stranger creatures lurk in the darkness.

When rescued from an attack by a Sontaran tank, the time-travellers discover they’re facing a far more dangerous foe than the battle-hungry clones. This terrifying fight has been going on longer than anyone can remember… and shows no signs of stopping.

With the TARDIS missing and their luck running thin, the Doctor and his friends’ only hope of survival is to uncover the truth about what is happening on this planet. If they can discover the secret of the eternal battle they might just survive… but it might just mean the end of them all.

Written By: Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast
Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), John Leeson (K9), Dan Starkey (Field Major Lenk/Sergeant Major Stom), Jane Slavin (Captain Nina Albiston/Sycon Computer), John Banks (Brennan/Trooper Varn)

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Friday, February 17, 2017

Details on Doctor Who - The Contingency Club


Out now in the Doctor Who Main Range series is the second of three stories that features the 5th Doctor and his original TARDIS crew.  This time they are in 1864 and of course things do not go as planned.  You can order this audio adventure from the Big Finish website.
https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-contingency-club-1252

London, 1864 - where any gentleman befitting the title ‘gentleman’ belongs to a gentlemen’s club: The Reform, The Athenaeum, The Carlton, The Garrick… and, of course, The Contingency. Newly established in St James’, The Contingency has quickly become the most exclusive enclave in town. A refuge for men of politics, men of science, men of letters. A place to escape. A place to think. A place to be free.

The first rule of the Contingency is to behave like a gentleman. The second is to pay no heed to its oddly identical servants. Or to the horror in its cellars. Or to the existence of the secret gallery on its upper floor… Rules that the Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan are all about to break.

Written By: Phil Mulryne 
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards

Cast
Peter Davison (The Doctor), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Clive Merrison (George Augustus), Philip Jackson (Mr Peabody), Lorelei King (The Red Queen), Tim Bentinck (Wakefield/ Cabby/ Stonegood), Alison Thea-Skot (Marjorie Stonegood/ Computer), Olly McCauley (Edward/ The Knave). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Details and Cover for Doctor Who Magazine 509



Out now is issue 509 of Doctor Who Magazine in which 12th Doctor will be facing off against the original Master.  You can pick this magazine where you normally buy Doctor Who Magazine.

In the latest edition, we chat to self-confessed Doctor Who fan Rufus Hound – Sam Swift the Quick in 2015’s The Woman Who Lived, and most recently the latest incarnation of the Meddling Monk for Big Finish – about how he enjoyed being part of something he personally loves so much…

“All my anxiety dissipated within the first two hours of arriving,” says Rufus of his work on The Woman Who Lived. “I have never worked with a crew that was more like a family. I have never worked alongside actors who took the work seriously, but themselves not terribly seriously, as was true of Maisie [Williams] and Peter [Capaldi], who I spent most of my time with. The director [Ed Bazalgette] was tremendous, the producer [Derek Ritchie] was brilliant. Everybody in make-up and costume were having a right old laugh. All the camera crew and whatever were offering up shots and angles, being creative and given licence to be creative, licence to turn in their best work.”

You can read the full interview inside the new magazine…

ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE…

ASK STEVEN!
Doctor Who‘s showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ burning questions.

INDEFINABLE MAGIC
We investigate the weird world of the supernatural in the Doctor Who universe…

DOOM COALITION 4
The Eighth Doctor, River Song, the Meddling Monk and the Weeping Angels all feature in the brand new audio box set Doom Coalition 4! We find out more…

RODNEY BENNETT TRIBUTE
DWM pays tribute to Rodney Bennett, the director who oversaw three very different productions during the early years of Tom Baker’s tenure as the Doctor.

DOORWAY TO HELL
The original Master is back! Find out what he’s up to in Part Two of our brand-new comic strip, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson.

THE MUTANTS
In this issue’s Fact of Fiction, the Third Doctor and Jo Grant are sent on a mission that will affect the evolution of an entire planet, as we take a look at this 1972 adventure.

THE IMPOSSIBLE ASTRONAUT
Space 1969 awaits for the Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song as the Time Team reach the 2011 season-opener in their mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who.

REVIEWS
DWM reviews the latest book, audio and DVD releases in the world of Doctor Who.

COMING SOON
Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.

PLUS!All the latest official news, competitions, the DWM crossword, and our annual survey poll!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Doctor Who Comic Book Releases For February 15th



Out today we have one lone comic book as Titan Comics 10th Doctor comic book series continues with the new story arc.  You can buy this comic book from your local comic book store.


DOCTOR WHO TENTH DOCTOR #3.2
Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artists: Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean
FC - 32pp - $3.99 - On sale: February 15

 It's a brand-new season for the Tenth Doctor and his loyal travelling
companions, Gabby Gonzalez and Cindy Wu! Jump on board with a two-part opening story - 'Breakfast at Tyrannies' that introduces a whole new terror to test the Doctor and his friends! Plus: a new companion joins the TARDIS - the like of which you've never seen!

COVER A: Claudia Ianniciello
COVER B: PHOTO By Will Brooks
COVER C: Rachael Smith
COVER D: Iolanda Zanfardino


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Details For Doctor Who Casualties of War Starring John Hurt



Out this month is the fourth box set in the War Doctor Series starring the late John Hurt. This release sees the return of an old companion Leela played once again by Louise Jameson.  Should be interesting to see how these will interact.  As usual you can order this release from the Big Finish website.
https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-war-doctor-volume-04-casualties-of-war-1383?range=113

The War Doctor and Cardinal Ollistra are stranded far from their Time Lord forces, with Daleks closing in, destroying all that stands between them. They must call on the help of new friends and old to fight their way back to the front lines. From the outer reaches of the galaxy, to the heart of Gallifrey itself, the Doctor finds casualties in every place the Time War has touched. Among them, a fighter, a travelling companion of the distant past, who remembers him quite differently. A warrior woman named Leela…

4.1 Pretty Lies by Guy Adams

Trapped and desperate, light years from their armies at the heart of the Time War, the War Doctor and Cardinal Ollistra discover that wherever they go, destruction follows. A war reporter named Schandel may provide the key to their escape, but it is often said that the first casualty of war is the truth. When the choice between grim reality and a hero’s story means life or death, will the Doctor allow Schandel to print the legend?

4.2 The Lady of Obsidian by Andrew Smith

As a Dalek Strike Fleet heads to destroy another defenceless world, the Doctor seeks help from a shadowy guerrilla force. The Time War leaves many casualties in its wake, and inside the Obsidian Nebula the monstrous Unlived are held at bay only by the ‘Lady’ and her dwindling band of fighters. The War Doctor soon finds himself at the Lady’s mercy, and two old friends face new revelations…

4.3 The Enigma Dimension by Nicholas Briggs

The Dalek Time Strategist has a new plan to ensure final victory in the Time War. As its forces gather for a huge assault on the enemy, ahead of the fleet something hovers above the planet of the Time Lords. And on Gallifrey itself, shadows move among the Cloisters. The Time Lords face a threat alien to their entire universe. To save their world, the War Doctor and his allies must enter the Enigma Dimension...

Written By: Guy Adams, Andrew Smith, Nicholas Briggs
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast
John Hurt (The War Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Jacqueline Pearce (Cardinal Ollistra) Joseph Kloska (Schandel), Julia Hills (Sera/Spokesperson), Mark Elstob (Editor/Old Man), Lizzie Roper (Rosata Laxter/High Minister), Chris Porter (Skaul/Freel), Alan David (Castellan Kanteer), Jane Slavin (Panopticon Guard Lintok), and Nicholas Briggs (Dalek Time Strategist/Daleks/Assault Team Leader).

Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Matt Fitton
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Monday, February 13, 2017

Big Finish Doctor Who News


Big Finish announced last week that they will be doing a series of Doctor Chronicles that take place during the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctor eras of Doctor Who.  These box sets will be just like the Companion Chronicles and that the stories will be narrated and some of the parts being played by those who have appeared in featured Doctors era.  Nick Briggs will be the main narrator and will be playing the role of The Doctor.  The first set will be the 9th Doctor and will be out in May while the 10th and 11th Doctor box sets will be out in 2018.  You can read more about this release at the following link.
https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/doctor-who---the-doctor-chronicles



Big Finish also announced that there will be more 4th Doctor adventures coming in 2018 with the release of two box sets coming out in January and May.  What more The Doctor will be facing some familiar foes as The Doctor will once again go up against the Egyptian God Sutekh who will be played once again by Gabriel Woolf.  Tom Baker will be joined by Louise Jameson who played Leela during the 4th Doctor era.  You can read more about the forth coming 4th Doctor adventures at the link below.
https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/fourth-doctor-series-7-news

Friday, February 10, 2017

Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio with bonus content on Blu-ray and DVD February 21


BBC Worldwide have released a press release for the Blu Ray and DVD release of the 2016 Christmas Special.

Catch up on the Doctor’s latest adventure with Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio on Blu-ray and DVD February 21, 2017, with newly announced bonus content.


DW-Mysterio-DVD+BD-3DDOCTOR WHO: THE RETURN OF DOCTOR MYSTERIO
DVD $19.98 ($24.98 in Canada) / BD $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)
Approx. 60 mins + bonus content / single disc

In Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio, join the Time Lord, played by Peter Capaldi, as he teams up with an investigative journalist, played by, and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat. Written by Steven Moffat, the special stars Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black, Shameless) as Grant, along with Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland, Bridesmaids), Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player), Adetomiwa Edun (Lucifer, Bates Motel), Aleksandar Jovanovic, and Logan Hoffman.

Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio aired on BBC AMERICA in the U.S. and on Space in Canada. It is executive produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett, and directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark). It was shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock Studios. Doctor Who is produced by BBC Studios Wales. Bonus content includes A New Kind of Superhero, in which we ask what it is about the Doctor that makes him so heroic, and a special Christmas Doctor Who Extra, in which stars Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, showrunner Steven Moffat, and many more give fans a very special inside look at the making of The Return of Doctor Mysterio.

Bonus content includes A New Kind of Superhero, in which we ask what it is about the Doctor that makes him so heroic, and a special Christmas Doctor Who Extra, in which stars Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, showrunner Steven Moffat, and many more give fans a very special inside look at the making of The Return of Doctor Mysterio.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Doctor Who Comic Book Releases For February 8th


Out this week are two Doctor Who universe comic books as we get issue three of the 11th Doctor series and a new series for Torchwood.  You can buy these comic books at your local comic book store.


DOCTOR WHO: ELEVENTH DOCTOR #3.2
Writer: Rob Williams
Artists: Leandro Casci & Wellington Diaz
Colorist: Triona Farrell
FC - 32pp - $3.99 - On sale: February 8, 2017

The brand new day for the Eleventh Doctor and Alice continues as they head out into the galaxy in search of the amazing and the unknown! Who will join them aboard the TARDIS... and what will become of them? Plus - with all they've seen and done together, can the Doctor still surprise Alice? Oh, you bet!

COVER A: Claudia Caranfa
COVER B: Will Brooks Photo
COVER C: Matt Baxter
COVER D: Simone di Meo