Thursday, February 4, 2016

Doctor Who Magazine 496 Cover and Details

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out today in the UK and the big highlight is an interview with John Hurt who has returned to play the War Doctor for Big Finish.  Below is all the details for issue 496.

Doctor Who Magazine exclusively interviews Sir John Hurt, who played the mysterious incarnation of the Doctor in 2013’s 50th Anniversary Special The Day of the Doctor – and asks him about his return in his brand new Doctor Who audio series!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BBC Books To Reissue Seven Classic Doctor Who Target Novelizations

BBC Books will yet again re-release a bunch of Classic Doctor Who Novelizations that where out during the 70's to early 90's.  The books first published by Target will feature one Doctor from that range.  The first seven to come out will be released on April 28th and the titles will be Doctor Who and the Zarbi by Bill Strutton (First Doctor); Doctor Who and the Web of Fear by Terrance Dicks (Second Doctor); Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion by Malcolm Hulke (Third Doctor); Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks by Terrance Dicks (Fourth Doctor); Doctor Who: The Visitation by Eric Saward (Fifth Doctor); Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos by Philip Martin (Sixth Doctor) and Doctor Who: Battlefield by Marc Platt (Seventh Doctor) all with covers by artist Chris Achilleos who also drew three new covers for The Visitation, Vengeance on Varos and Battlefield.  It is worth buying the books for the covers alone.

Also announced is that BBC Books will also be releasing hard cover editions of the first three Doctor Who books Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker, Doctor Who and the Zarbi by Bill Strutton, Doctor Who and the Crusaders by David Whitaker and these will be out on November 3rd.  So if you are a fan of classic Who or a fan of NuWho and want to learn about the classic series then these books are for you.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on Torchwood: More Than This

This month Torchwood fans get a solo Gwen adventure.  I'm looking forward to this as she is my favorite character from Torchwood.  This time she goes up against her greatest threat.  A politician. You can order this release from the Big Finish website.

Gwen Cooper has triumphed against impossible odds before, but now she's finally met her match: Roger Pugh, Planning Officer for Cardiff City Council.

Mr Pugh doesn't believe the world needs Torchwood. Gwen sets out to prove him wrong. For Mr Pugh, it's a day that'll change his life. If he can survive it.

Written By: Guy Adams
Directed By: Scott Handcock

Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Richard Nichols (Roger Pugh), Guy Adams (Coachman) with Tom Price (Sergeant Andy)

Produced by James Goss
Script edited by Steve Tribe
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Doctor Who The Fan Show: Lego Dimensions Easter Eggs

If your a fan of the video game Lego Dimensions and the Doctor Who part of it then this episode of The Fan Show is one for you to watch.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Doctor Who - 10th and 11th Doctor Comic Book Cover and Previews

Out today at your local comic book shop are two Doctor Who comic books the 10th Doctor issue 2.5 and 11th Doctor 2.5.  Read the continuing comic book adventures of these past two Doctors.

The Doctor and Gabby are still caught between two factions as modern humanity is born. Neanderthals and Cro Magnons clash, and their actions will shape the direction taken by humankind in the millennia to come! Plus: Cindy discovers an alarming secret back in NYC... and in deep space, Anubis grows impatient!

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Colorist: Arianna Florean
Letterer: Comicraft
Cover A: Elena Casagrande & Arianna Florean
Cover B: Photo cover by Will Brooks
Cover C: Josh Cassaro & Luis Guerrero
Publisher: Titan Comics
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 32 PP
Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: Jan 27, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Doctor Who - Louise Jameson Added To LI Who 4 Guest List

Fans of Classic Who and the 4th Doctor era rejoice.  Louise Jameson will be coming to Long Island for LI Who 4 this year.  Louise Jameson played Leela during the Tom BAker era and also has reprise the role for Big Finish for their 4th Doctor audio range.  The convention takes place on November 11th to the 13th and you can get tickets at the LI Who website.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Doctor Who - Steven Moffat To Step Down After Series 10 To Be Replaced By Chris Chibnall

It was announced tonight that Steven Moffat will step down as showrunner and executive producer after Series 10 which will air in the Spring of 2017. There will only be a Christmas Special this year as they want to hold back the next series due to the Olympics and Euro 16.  Chris Chibnall has been tapped as Steven Moffat's successor and his series will air in 2018.  Steven Moffat had this to say about his leaving a show that he's over seen for six series.
 “Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I’m just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out. While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”
Here is what new showrunner Chris Chibnall had to say about his appointment to over see Doctor Who.
"Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC programme: bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world.  So it's a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama. I’ve loved Doctor Who since I was four years old, and I’m relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore.  Steven’s achieved the impossible by continually expanding Doctor Who's creative ambition, while growing its global popularity. He’s been a dazzling and daring showrunner, and hearing his plans and stories for 2017, it’s clear he’ll be going out with a bang. Just to make my life difficult."
So 2016 will only see a Christmas Special and 2017 will see the return of the show in the Spring where it was on for most of its revival.  Here's to Series 10 and lets hope Steven Moffat makes his last series memorable for all the right reasons.

Doctor Who - Big Finish News On Torchwood and The War Doctor

Last weekend was Big Finish Day 8 and at their convention they released some Doctor Who and Torchwood audio adventures news.  First the big news that The War Doctor will be meeting Leela in the 4th War Doctor Box Set which will be out in February of 2017.  If you have ever wondered what happened to Leela during the Time War then this volume of The War Doctor adventures is the one you've been waiting for.

For fans of Torchwood when the first series of audios ends in February the second series will start up in March with a John Barrowman Captain Jack adventure taking place in Victorian times.  But the big news is that Naoko Mori will return as Tosh in April.  This is good news for Torchwood fans as almost everyone of the original cast has returned.  Now all we need is Burn Gorman to come back as Owen.

For fans of the new UNIT adventures by Big Finish it was announced at Big Finish day that the second box set will come out in May and they have released the cover art for it.  It stars Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart and Ingrid Oliver as Osgood and this time they are going up against a new alien race set on invading Earth. The Tengobushi is the name of the new alien race and you can get a look at them on the cover. UNIT: Shutdown will be out in May and will be a four disc box set.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on The Churchill Years

Out now is a box set of four stories that feature Winston Churchill and his encounters with The Doctor.  Ian McNeice reprises his role as Winston Churchill and narrates the stories.  You can get this release from the Big Finish website.

1. The Oncoming Storm by Phil Mulryne

Late 1939. Britain faces the might of Germany. Winston Churchill serves as First Lord of the Admiralty. But Churchill soon finds himself facing a more immediate threat than the looming Nazi menace. A ‘Stone’ with the most mysterious properties is discovered in the Thames’ sands, and soon oddly spoken soldiers are creeping round London ruthlessly trying to acquire it. Who are they? Can Churchill and his new secretary Hetty Warner defeat them? And what about the man in the battered leather jacket that Hetty meets? Churchill feels sure they can rely on the Doctor to help them! Except that this Doctor seems to want to stay hidden in the shadows…

2. Hounded by Alan Barnes

In the dark days of 1941, Britain is in the midst of war. Churchill must stand strong against the might of the enemy – but he is plagued by a darkness in his own psyche. Something he calls ‘the Black Dog’.

Can a visiting Swami hold the answer to his troubles? And can Hetty Warner prevent the Prime Minister's adversaries from taking advantage of the situation?

Across London, the Tenth Doctor's arrival may be the nation's only hope – but the Time Lord's plan to help his friend is endangered when he finds himself declared a traitor by the agents of the country he has come to protect...

3. Living History by Justin Richards

Finally given the chance to travel in the TARDIS, Winston Churchill cannot resist the opportunity of meeting Julius Caesar. But the trip does not go quite as planned. With the TARDIS gone, and Churchill stranded in ancient Britain with a young man he barely knows and who comes from the future, it seems things can hardly get any worse.

Until he is captured by the invading Romans.

Still, at least that means Churchill will meet Julius Caesar after all. But then Churchill learns of the Bronze God, feared and worshipped by the Ancient Britons. A god that he recognises as anything but divine when he meets it.

4. The Chartwell Metamorphosis by Ken Bentley

Comfortably retired to his home at Chartwell, Churchill plans to live out his days in peace, in the company of his butterflies – if his attendants would just leave him alone.

But it isn't simply Lepidoptera breeding in the gardens, as a far more sinister species is about to emerge from its cocoon – and is ready to feast on something more than just the shrubberies.

Surrounded on all sides, the former Prime Minister must put a life's worth of experience into action in order to win the day. Can his new nurse Lily Arwell offer her assistance?

Written By: Phil Mulryne, Alan Barnes, Justin Richards, Ken Bentley
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Ian McNeice (Winston Churchill), Danny Horn (Kazran Sardick), Holly Earl (Lily Arwell), Emily Atack (Hetty Warner), Michael Gould (Frederick Lindemann), Derek Riddell (Lt-Commander Sandy McNish), Phil Mulryne (Able Seaman Phillips), Jo Stone-Fewings (Major Wheatley) Amerjit Deu (The Swami), Stewart Scudamore (Danvers), Alistair Petrie (Julius Caesar), Laura Rogers (Queen Tristahna), Carolyn Seymour (Mrs Whitaker), John Banks (Mr Rogers) and Nicholas Briggs (The Dalek)

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

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Doctor Who - Details For Wave of Destruction

This month sees the return of the Tom Baker 4th Doctor audio adventures and this time he is joined by Lalla Ward who played Romana  during the 4th Doctor era.  You can order this audio release from the Big Finish website.

A modulated frequency wave cancellation signal isn’t something that the Doctor and Romana expect to detect in 1960s London. But then they don’t expect to find Professor Lanchester, the man who invented it, lying unconscious. Or MI5 investigating.

With the help of MI5 Agent Miller, Lanchester’s daughter Jill, and his nephew a pirate radio DJ called Mark, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 investigate. They soon discover that there is more at risk than they imagined, and an alien invasion is about to begin.

Can the Doctor identify and defeat the aliens in time? Will Romana manage to find a recombinant transducer before it’s too late? And how will K-9 cope with his new job?

Written By: Justin Richards
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs


Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), John Leeson (K9), Karl Theobald (Mark Lanchaster), Phil Mulryne (Barnaby Miller), Alix Wilton Regan (Jill), John Banks (Derek Fretus)

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