March News Round-Up!

Despite no Doctor Who on telly at the moment (boo!), there's still a lot going in the world of Who, included here is a round-up of the stuff you may have missed in March.

Don't forget you can follow Blogtor Who on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on Doctor Who - follow HERE. Read the February news round~up HERE.

SERIES 9
Game of Thrones Arya Stark and comedian Rufus Hound join guest cast
New story titles and writers announced
VIDEO: Mark Gatiss talks about Series 9 episode
Guide to Doctor Who Series 9
Mark Gatiss reveals his episode is "scary"
New novels and audios for The Twelfth Doctor

TENTH ANNIVERSARY
Peter Capaldi surprises fans at the Doctor Who Experience
Peter Capaldi sings "Happy Birthday!" with children
Where are the class of 2005 now?
Looking back on 2005's Rose 10 years on
Top 10 MUST WATCH Eps Since 2005
6 Ways New Who Totally Nailed It
In-Jokes from Series One
6 Things New Who Kept From Its Past
Blogtor Looks Back On Rose
The DWO WhoCast looks back at Rose and Series One


THE BIG BOOK OF LISTS
OUT NOW IN THE US! BUY HERE
Special Weapons Dalek art
David Tennant Tenth Doctor art
The Unicorn & the Wasp art
Rose Tyler art
UK PRE-ORDER

MERCHANDISE
Cybermen, Ice Warrior, Weeping Angel and Sontaran figurines
The Ninth Doctor #1 variant covers [more!]
The Ninth Doctor #1 variant covers
Doctor Who Magazine 485
Doctor Who Figurine Collection 42 & 43
Doctor Who Adventures 363
Tee Offers
AMAZING Doctor Who Leggings
Essential Doctor Who: The Master
Doctor Who Magazine 484
Doctor Who 2015 audio releases
Cybermen Helmet busts
New Electronic Dalek figures
Tom Baker Fifth Doctor collectable figure
Karen Gillan Amy Pond collectable figure


REVIEWS
Comic: The Ninth Doctor #1
Audio: The Entropy Plague
Audio: Dark Eyes 4

MISC.
Blogtor joins the DWO WhoCast - The Doctor Who Podcast
The Thick of It creator wants to write for Doctor Who
The Ninth Doctor comic trailer
International Women's Day
Doctor Who and the Sun - a history
Doctor Who guest stars in Thunderbirds Are Go!
John Simm in Code of a Killer

John Simm in Code of a Killer

John Simm, Code of a Killer Ep 1 (ITV)

ITV have released images of John Simm in the new two-part drama, Code of a Killer - click on the pictures included here for bigger versions. The actor, who played The Master in the David Tennant era, stars as Dr Alec Jeffreys in the show based on the extraordinary true story of Alec Jeffreys’ discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker in catching a double murderer. Code of a Killer airs April 6 at 9pm on ITV.

ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT ITV. IMAGES REPRODUCED WITH PERMISSION

The drama focuses on how Jeffreys’ science and Baker’s investigative vision created the single biggest leap in the history of criminal investigation. David Threlfall (pictured above and below with Simm) takes the role of David Baker who between 1983 and 1987 headed up the investigation into the brutal murders of two Leicestershire schoolgirls, Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth.

ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT ITV. IMAGES REPRODUCED WITH PERMISSION

Only a few miles away, Dr Alec Jeffreys, played by John Simm, was a scientist at Leicester University who, on 10 September 1984, invented a remarkable technique to read each individual's unique DNA fingerprint. Code of a Killer also stars Robert Glenister (The Caves of Androzani), pictured above. 

CODE OF A KILLER EP 1 AIRS APRIL 6 AT 9PM ON ITV

Doctor Who Series 9 guest cast and writer news

IMAGES COURTESY OF BBC

The BBC have revealed that actress Maisie Williams (pictured above) will be joining the guest cast of Doctor Who Series 9. Check out all the details below.

Maisie has already found global fame and is renowned for her role as Arya Stark in the international fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. She also starred in the one-off docu-drama Cyberbully and was cast as one of the leads of Carol Morley’s drama The Falling. As well as being a three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee, in February of this year she was awarded with a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival. On her first day on set, Maisie Williams said:
“I'm so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added: “We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge The Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”

Bursting with drama, wit and heart, the show continues filming with two period adventures - The Girl Who Died written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and The Woman Who Lived by Catherine Tregenna both directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC One’s 18th Century drama Poldark).

VISIT THE DOCTOR WHO SERIES 9 EP GUIDE HERE

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who recently appeared in the Russell T Davies series Cucumber, also joins the guest cast alongside BBC Three’s Siblings and CBBC’s Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.

Peter Capaldi surprises fans at the Doctor Who Experience


The Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi surprised fans at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff last week with an unexpected appearance. Luckily, cameras were on standby to capture the moment - watch the video in the player above. Taking place on the Tenth Anniversary of New Who, the actor also answered questions from fans. From the same day, watch Capaldi sing "Happy Birthday" to Doctor Who HERE.

REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor #1

Doctor Who - The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott | Artist: Blair Shedd

Out April 1


Ten years on since Doctor Who first returned to our televisions, the Ninth Doctor and his friends are continuing their adventures in comic form. Weapons Of Past Destruction, written by Cavan Scott with art by Blair Shedd, reunites us with precious Nine, Rose, and Jack Harkness in a new story set between the televisual stories The Doctor Dances and Boom Town.

One does wonder at what point in his life The Doctor will actually stop expecting a pleasant trip to someplace nice not to end in unpleasant surprise and disaster: the Time Lord’s idyllic descriptions of the planet Excroth prove wildly inaccurate as the team find themselves the guests/prisoners of some big angry robots known as the Lect, who appear to be engaged in battle with the Unon, giant metal space-centaurs engaged in attacking the Lect ship.

In spite of their best efforts (which, admittedly, aren’t very good), The Doctor and friends find themselves embroiled in this conflict – and while they attempt to make good their exit, Rose finds herself stuck outside the TARDIS in the midst of escalating explosions.



But there are some mysterious time-related issues aplenty in this adventure, and I’m sure we’ll find out just what the heck happened to the nice planet they were meant to have been visiting as the tale unfolds.

This first instalment does a good job of capturing the essence of this TARDIS team – though I do hope that Rose has more to do beyond asking exposition-y questions next time round, now that she’s been separated from The Doctor and Jack, and in possession of a curious piece of jewellery which seems to protect its wearer.

The art is joyously faithful to the 2005 Doctor Who aesthetic, and the comic as a whole is a welcome reminder of the brimming enthusiasm and fun of that first revived series. And if I’m honest, they had me at giant metal space-centaurs.

BLOGTOR RATING 8/10
Thanks to Titan Comics

Doctor Who guest stars in Thunderbirds Are Go!

Pictures: ITV

This weekend sees the return of International Rescue to television with the new series, Thunderbirds Are Go! Starting on April 4 on ITV, the show features a number of Doctor Who guest stars. Pictured above are (L-R): Colonel Casey, Brains, John Tracy, Kayo and Parker. They are voiced by:

Adjoa Andoh who played Sister Jatt in New Earth and Francine Jones in Series Three & Four

Kayvan Novak voiced Handles in The Time of the Doctor

Thomas Brodie-Sangster played Latimer in Human Nature and The Family of Blood

Angel Coulby played Katherine in The Girl in the Fireplace

David Graham played Professor Kerensky in City of Death, Charlie in The Gunfighters, voiced the Mechonoids in The Chase, and voiced Daleks in The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Chase, Mission to the Unknown, The Daleks' Master Plan and the two Peter Cushing movies, Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

Thunderbirds Are Go! begins on ITV on Saturday April 4 at 5pm


All images courtesy of ITV and reproduced with permission.

New Lt. Ed. Doctor Who Collection statues


The BBC Shop have got some great new Doctor Who figurines in - click on the images above for more info. These Doctor Who figurines are limited edition and hand-sculpted - check them out at the BBC Shop HERE and the details below.

• A Limited Edition 1:12 scale handpainted figurine / statue from the Doctor Who Collection
• Designed and Sculpted in Shropshire, England by Robert Harrop Designs
• Only 750 Figurines Worldwide
• Individually hand numbered with a unique number on the base
• Comes complete in a presentation box with information card and a Certificate of Authenticity
These amazing figurines are available to pre-order from the BBC Shop now. The items are currently listed as being in stock  from April 1. Order HERE.

Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists – Out Now in US

Blogtor's new Doctor Who book, The BIG Book of Lists, is now available to purchase in North America! You can find it on Amazon HERE and in your local book store! Featured below are two pieces of art from Doctor Who - The BIG Book of Lists by legendary artist Andrew Skilleter - click on the images for bigger versions. Buy The BIG Book of Lists HERE.


The book also features an EXCLUSIVE list from Doctor Who composer, Murray Gold - including some fascinating insights to his work and most popular themes and scores! Check out all the details on the title below.
Known for his popular lists, Cameron K. McEwan, author of The Who's Who of Doctor Who, is back with a book that compiles loads of fun facts and never-before-heard tidbits about the Whoniverse. (It's bigger on the inside!)

Pour over a wealth of fascinating lists about the TARDIS, Gallifrey, and Daleks, as the fandom unites in epic appreciation for The Doctor.

Organized by theme, Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists will cover everything over the past fifty years of the epic series including: doppelgangers, popular locales, regenerations, Gallifrey adventures, highest-rated episodes, plots, characters and loads more.

Accompanied by the incredible Doctor Who artwork of Andrew Skilleter and loaded with weird and interesting facts and quizzes, this is the perfect gift item for the Time Lord lover in your life.
Doctor Who - The BIG Book of Lists will be available in the rest of the world from May. In the UK, you can pre-order the book on Amazon HERE.


Peter Capaldi Celebrates 10 Years of New Who


The official Doctor Who YouTube channel has updated with two fantastic videos to celebrate ten years since the return of Who in 2005. In the player above you can watch Peter Capaldi's visit to the Doctor Who Experience where he lead the children in a chorus of "Happy Birthday!" See more pics HERE.  Below you can find the Top 10 most shared "New Who" videos from the YouTube page.

The Ninth Doctor #1 variants [UPDATE]

Click on the images for bigger versions

Titan Comics have announced details of even more variant covers to accompany the first issue of their Doctor Who title, The Ninth Doctor #1. You can find 12 more covers HERE. Above you see (L-R): Alien Entertainment variant cover; Pop Culture Paradise variant cover by Mariano Laclaustra; Think Geek variant cover by Zak Simmonds-Hurn. Check out the details of the title below, which is out next week.

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott | Artist: Blair Shedd
Release Date: March 11, 2015

BRAND-NEW 5-PART MINI-SERIES STARRING THE NINTH DOCTOR AS PLAYED BY CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON!

WRITTEN BY THE CO-AUTHOR OF BESTSELLING ‘WHO-OLOGY’, CAVAN SCOTT

The Ninth Doctor is BACK with a brand-new miniseries: WEAPONS OF PAST DESTRUCTION!

Leaving World War II behind, The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack discover that Time Lord technology, lost in the wake of the Time War, is being sold on the intergalactic black market!

Now the threat of a NEW temporal war brews on the horizon. Can the Doctor stop history repeating itself?

Thanks to Titan Comics