New writers for Doctor Who Series 9


In an interview with Radio Times (which you can see in the player above), Steven Moffat has revealed that Doctor Who Series 9 will have new writers working on the show. The current showrunner said of filming the new series:
"We're about to move on to a couple of scripts I've written and we've got some other stuff lined up from other writers - some new, some old."
At the moment, episodes three and four are being filmed. As previously announced it's a two-parter written by Toby Whithouse (The God Compex) - for more details click HERE.


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Peter Davison wants to see Jenny return

Actor Peter Davison, who played the best Doctor Who, has been chatting to ABC News about Doctor Who. Davison championed the return of Jenny from The Doctor's Daughter to the show. Jenny was played by actress, and daughter of Davison, Georgia Moffett* (pictured left with Davison).

"At the end of her story she flew off in to the universe, at the moment, never to be seen again. Let's bring her back!

Let's have a spin-off with Jenny!"

Georgia Moffett produced The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, which was written, directed and starred Peter Davison. The Time Lady, of sorts, came up when discussion turned to the notion of a female Doctor Who.

"Personally, and I speak now as a fan who grew up watching it, I have trouble with the idea of a female Doctor. I reckon if you're born on Gallifrey a man, you probably are a male Time Lord."

"I think it's great to have a female Time Lord, but my feeling about it - I know this could be controversial, I'm speaking as a viewer - I personally think The Doctor is male," adding with a smile, "I probably will get flack, and that's fair enough. It's just my opinion."


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* She's also married to David Tennant, fact fans.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection


The latest issues of the fantastic magazine, the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, are hitting shops now! Issue 368 comes with an amazing figurine of JABE (as seen in The End of the Worldwhilst Issue 39 features DALEK (from Genesis of the Daleks). For full details, visit their website HERE. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.



Who’s Changing – 1st Year Anniversary SPECIAL OFFER!

A year ago today, our documentary film Who's Changing - An Adventure in Time with Fans was released on DVD and online. To celebrate, for one week only, we're slashing the price of both the DVD and the online rental. Details below.


You can purchase the DVD of Who's Changing - An Adventure in Time with Fans directly from us for only £8 - and this is a WORLDWIDE price (normally £12.99). This INCLUDES shipping. You can also rent the film online for only £1.99 - check out the player above. The DVD is REGION FREE. (This offer ends Feb 2, 2015.)


Who's Changing looks at the changing face of Doctor Who fandom and features insight and interviews from LOUISE JAMESON (Leela), DAN STARKEY (Strax), NEVE MCINTOSH (Vastra), SOPHIE ALDRED (Ace), SIMON FISHER-BECKER (Dorium Maldovar), CATRIN STEWART (Jenny Flint), CAITLIN BLACKWOOD (Amelia Pond), ERIC SAWARD (former Who script editor), JAMES MORAN (The Fires of Pompeii writer), ANDREW SMITH (Full Circle writer), GARY RUSSELL (former Who script editor), JANE ESPENSON (Torchwood, Buffy, Once Upon A Time writer), and many, many more!


The DVD includes the feature-length documentary and also over 80 minutes of extras, full interviews with LOUISE JAMESON (Leela), DAN STARKEY (Strax), NEVE MCINTOSH (Vastra), SOPHIE ALDRED (Ace) and SIMON FISHER-BECKER (Dorium Maldovar). Over 2.5 hours of Doctor Who fun to be had on one disc!



BUY WHO'S CHANGING ON DVD HERE 

Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans has already been screened at various film festivals including: The Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, Sci-Fi London 2014, the North American Science Fiction Convention, DetCon 1 and the Los Angeles Fear + Fantasy Film Festival 2014. Here's what the critics have been saying (click on the quotes for the full reviews):

"sunny hearted celebration of all things fan.
...invaluable instagram shot of where fan culture is at this exact moment.
... a finely detailed and refreshingly uncynical lust letter to the series it now is."
Doctor Who Magazine (#473)












(averages 4.6/5)

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AUDIO REVIEW: Mistfall

Mistfall
by Andrew Smith

Starring Peter Davison, Janet Fielding,
Mark Stickson and Sarah Sutton

Out Now



Once again, Adric would never know if he was right. Having calculated the coordinates to pilot the TARDIS back into E-space in the spare time before his unfortunate encounter with an army of Cybermen, it’s instead left to The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough to endure the journey through the CVE back to Alzarius.

The travellers have little time available to acclimatise though, as realisation dawns that they’ve arrived on the planet at the worst possible time. Mistfall: when the tranquil, leafy idyll of Alzarius becomes a snarling, biting, poisonous mist-drenched nightmare. Seemingly abandoning the notion of security in numbers, the TARDIS crew divide in two to explore and while The Doctor and Tegan encounter an off-world survey team investigating the planetary eco-system, Turlough and Nyssa get caught up with a small team of saboteurs. Set several hundred years after the Time Lord’s previous visit, his previous efforts there are remembered sufficiently to secure a welcome from the survey team leadership.

Operating as a sequel to Full Circle, it’s of benefit to have a working knowledge of that televised adventure, though not a vital requirement. For me, my recollections of The Fourth Doctor and Romana’s encounters with Marshmen, Alzarian society and – that boy again – Adric, are restricted to what I can remember from viewing it back in the day. I’ve been nervous of watermelons (and their potential long-legged occupants) ever since.

Andrew Smith builds upon the earlier story (which he also authored), but provides an entertaining adventure capable of standing alone. As always, Big Finish provide a sumptuous soundscape, and the incidental music is strongly evocative of early Eighties Who, transporting the listener back in time to Saturday evenings, cringeing at the spiders in the swamps.

Peter Davison is on energetic form throughout, as enthusiastic in audio format as his televised persona. Big Finish secure the talented support of Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart in the telly adventures) to raise everyone’s game, in the role of First Decider Lana Merrion, leading the New Alzarian planetary expedition to uncover the secrets of its eco-system. There’s a strong sense too of a TARDIS crew enjoying travelling together, even with the occasional spiky sparrings between Tegan and Turlough. Where the audio adventures really succeed is in drawing much more upon the talents of The Doctor’s companions, rather than as “What’s happening?” sounding-boards.

Mistfall questions the value of scientific research as against its potential effects upon the ecology being investigated, and whether the end justifies the means. At its heart, there's the slow reveal of an intriguing examination of the dilemmas of leadership and the impact of decisions made to try and secure the least-worst outcome. There’s also more than enough peril and danger from roaring, marauding Marshmen and scratchety, scuttling spiders to entertain throughout the four episode duration. And over the course of the four episodes the motivations of the characters encountered by The Doctor and his friends are revealed in some cases to be rather more shady than first appeared. Beware the seemingly loyal lieutenant!

It’s not a perfect adventure, with The Doctor somehow engineering a rather sudden “let’s all work together” volte-face, involving the previously (justifiably enraged) Marshmen and their New Alzarian captives. Meanwhile, a sequence involving a very protracted threat from the villain of the piece, armed but seemingly preferring to talk about shooting everyone in sight without actually doing so.

I’d be a churl to complain too much though, as Mistfall is an enjoyable listen and a thought-provoking one too. A solid start to an intriguing trilogy of adventures in E-space.

BLOGTOR RATING 7/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Doctor Who comics preview

Titan Comics have revealed some details and artwork from their forthcoming Doctor Who titles. Check them out below and click on the images for bigger versions.


THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #8
Writer: Robbie Morrison
On sale: April 29
The thrilling finale of The Fractures is here – and it will get under your skin!

Bursting from a twisted parallel universe and clawing their way through the void, the Fractures are here, and nothing could prepare the Doctor for their insidious assault on reality!

The Doctor, Clara and UNIT must battle the Fractures, as they slip through the cracks in our world to wear the skin – and bodies – of innocent people, puppeteering them from the inside!

When the war spills out of quiet suburbia and threatens the world, it will take a father and daughter – separated by whole universes – to bring the conflict to an end!

Comes with two covers to collect!


THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #12
Writer: Rob Williams
On sale: May 13
A thrilling TARDIS chase through the atmosphere – after no ordinary comet! Tracking the Entity’s signal from the Berlin Wall in 1976 to Rome, 312AD, the Doctor, Alice, Jones and ARC stumble into an ancient mystery that will forever change the course of human history! And the burden and dangers of a life aboard the TARDIS start to hit home for Jones – is this his farewell tour?

Rob Williams (Ordinary) and Warren Pleece blast into a brand-new story arc! Don’t miss the shocking reveal of what’s inside the comet!

Comes with two covers to collect!


THE TENTH DOCTOR #13
Writer: Nick Abadzis
On sale: June 10
Eisner award-winning writer Nick Abadzis (Laika) and fan-favorite Elena Casagrande (Suicide Risk) race the Tenth Doctor and Gabby towards the conclusion of Year One!

A terrifying pyramid has appeared in the skies above New York City, and it’s here to claim an ancient secret – buried in the body of a very-much alive movie star!

As the Doctor attempts to unravel the conflict, Gabby and Cindy’s friendship is stretched to breaking point. Has Gabby changed too much in her short time away – or has she changed just enough to save the day?!

Comes with two covers to collect!


THE NINTH DOCTOR #2
Writer: Cavan Scott
On sale: August 4
Don’t miss the second thrilling installment of Weapons Of Past Destruction – an all-new miniseries adventure featuring the Ninth Doctor – as played by Christopher Eccleston – along with companions Rose and Jack!

Get dragged into the Time Vortex as the Doctor and his friends uncover time-lost Gallifreyan super-weapons being sold on the black market!

Who are the cosmically-empowered Lect and Unon – and can the Doctor help stop an all-new Time War before it starts?!

Comes with three covers to collect!

THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL. 2
Writer: Robbie Morrison

On sale: 06/10/2015

The second collection of the sell-out smash new Tenth Doctor series, from award-winning writer Robbie Morrison (Spider-Man, Drowntown, Nikolai Dante) and Daniel Indro (Sherlock Holmes, Green Hornet), sends the Doctor and new companion Gabriella Gonzalez hurtling back into the past – and into the trenches of World War One!

Bombed by the German artillery, arrested as spies by the British, Gabby and the Doctor soon learn that there’s something even worse moving in the gas and wreathes of smoke out in No Man’s Land… stone statues who move only when you’re not looking at them! The Weeping Angels have come to feed on the futures of young soldiers -- in their hundreds of thousands!

It’s an unmissable historical epic!

Collects Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #6-10

THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR VOL. 2
Writers: Al Ewing, Rob Williams
On sale: June 10

The second time-twisting collection of the sell-out smash Eleventh Doctor series from writers Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard) and Rob Williams (Ordinary), with art from the triple threat of Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante), Boo Cook (Elephantmen) and Warren Pleece (Hellblazer, Incognegro)

A threat in reverse as time inside the TARDIS flows backwards! An ancient alien war for supremacy in the sky comes to near-future London! And the machinations of SERVEYOUinc revealed, when the Doctor hits them where it hurts – their wallets!

Three companions – three times the danger, three times the excitement! Experience every twist and secret reveal in the thrilling second act of The Eleventh Doctor’s first year in comics!

Collects Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #6-10

Thanks to Titan Comics

COMPETITION! Win Tickets to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is a musical celebration of the iconic BBC series, featuring Murray Gold’s captivating music accompanied by specially edited video sequences of the Doctors in action, on the big screen.

The show features a host of the Doctor’s famous adversaries including the Daleks and Cybermen, the spine-chilling Silence and many more fan favourites. The live monsters provide a dramatic contrast to the evocative and thrilling music written by Murray Gold, who has been responsible for composing music for the series since 2005, including the record-breaking (and BAFTA award-winning) 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor.


Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison has been confirmed as the host of a six-city UK tour of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in May 2015.

The live show, which was a sell-out on its world premiere in Australia, will enjoy a limited run of thirteen UK performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow. It features over 100 performers and is conducted by Ben Foster, who conducts and orchestrates the musical scores for the TV series. Music will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

The live music will be accompanied by a big screen presentation of key moments and specially edited sequences from the past 50 years of Doctor Who.

WIN TICKETS TO THE
DOCTOR WHO SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR

For a chance of winning two tickets to Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, answer the following question correctly:

What is the name of the actress currently playing the Twelfth Doctor’s assistant in the popular BBC TV series?
A) Billie Piper
B) Catherine Tate
C) Jenna Coleman
D) Karen Gillan


Competition closes on Feb 23

Terms and conditions: Winners will be selected at random from all correct entries. Winner receives a pair of tickets to see Doctor Who Spymphonic Spectacular at their chosen venue and date. Full dates and times are to be found at http://www.doctorwho.tv/events/doctor-who-symphonic-spectacular/. Seat band may vary per venue and the winner is unable to choose their seats. Tickets to be collected at the box office with no cash alternative. Tickets are subject to availability and cannot be resold or transferred to another performance. Competition is run by boom ents on behalf of vision nine entertainment.

Christopher Eccleston in Fortitude


Starting on Sky Atlantic next week the UK is brand new drama called Fortitude. This 11-part drama stars former Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston, along with a whole range of familiar names in the world of Who. Check out the details below and click on the images for bigger versions.


Christopher Eccleston (plays Charlie Stoddart)
An eminent scientist, Professor Stoddart is head of the Arctic Research Centre based in Fortitude. In charge of the environmental impact assessment for Governor Odegard’s glacier hotel development, the potentially lucrative project that could save the town from ruin hinges on his findings. When local children make an unexpected discovery on the island, the respected professor is catapulted into the centre of the most significant event in Fortitude’s history.


Also starring in Fortitude are: Michael Gambon (pictured above, middle), who starred in the Doctor Who story A Christmas Carol; Jessica Raine (above, right), Hide, An Adventure in Space & Time; Chipo Chung (below, left), Utopia, Turn Left; Alexandra Moen (below, middle), The Sound of Drums, The Last of the Time Lords, The End of Time Part One; and Michael Obiora (below, right), Blink.


Fortitude, Ep 1 airs Thurs Jan 29 at 9pm on Sky Atlantic

Thanks to Sky Atlantic. All images copyright Sky Atlantic.

David Tennant wins at the NTAs


Actor David Tennant, The Tenth Doctor, was awarded with a "Special Recognition" award at tonight's National Television Awards in London. Before his acceptance speech, a tribute video featuring Richard Wilson (The Empty Child), Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Russell T Davies (former Doctor Who show runner), Olivia Colman (The Eleventh Hour), Stephen Fry and David's dad was played. Watch the video and his acceptance speech in the player below.


Sadly, Doctor Who did not win any awards at the ceremony.