Titan Comics have announced that this year's summer event will feature multi-Doctor storyline Doctor Who - The Lost Dimension
The Lost Dimension, comprised of eight chapters over three months, will cross over all four ongoing series featuring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors. The event will begin a new era for Titan’s Doctor Who comics, with the Doctors playing their part to battle The Void!
This event will prelude Doctor Who Comics Day on Saturday, September 2, 2017, and continue in the Ninth Doctor special that same week.
The Void has always existed: “No place. The silent realm. The lost dimension.” But the Void is no longer empty. The Void is hungry, and devouring our universe – through time and space. Now, the four Doctors must join forces to save…everything!
The series will begin this August with an issue from writers George Mann (Eleventh Doctor), and Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor), with art by Rachael Stott (Twelfth Doctor) and Rod Fernandes.
The first issue comes in one of three covers including a very special embossed foil TARDIS cover, a photo cover by Will Brooks, and a multi-Doctor mash-up by Rachael Stott and Luis Guerrero.
Look out for more exciting reveals as to special guest characters, all-new writers and artists making their mark on the storyline, and more hints as to the future, in the days and weeks to come.
Writer: Peter Harness and Steven Moffat Director: Daniel Nettheim
A 5,000 year-old Pyramid stands at the centre of a war zone, where the Chinese, Russian and American armies are about to clash. There are many problems with that, but the one that intrigues the Doctor is this: there wasn’t a pyramid there yesterday. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole face an alien invasion unlike any other, and before conquest can begin, these aliens need the consent of the human race…
Official figures released by the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board or BARB, give Doctor Who - Oxygen an official rating of 5.27 million viewers.
The rating includes all those who recorded the programme and watched it within 7 days.
Doctor Who is the 26th most watched programme for the week, and 11th most watched on BBC One
The final rating is the lowest the series has achieved since Survival aired in 1989. The chart position though, is higher than that of many episodes in Series Nine.
Top for the week was Britain's Got Talent on ITV with 10.70 million watching. The main soaps again did well, with Coronation Street dominating the top of the chart. Other drama's with high numbers included Little Boy Blue with 7.35 million and Grantchester with 5.93 million.The Eurovision Song Contest averaged 6.89 million viewers.
Eric Pringle wrote one story for Doctor Who, the 1984 Fifth Doctor story The Awakening. The story was the only two parter to feature in Peter Davison's final season. It introduced the character of the Malus.
Eric Pringle was born in Morpeth, Northumberland. He wrote for the 1972 television series Pretenders and for the drama series based on a magazine's agony column writer Kate. In 1974 he wrote an episode of The Carnforth Practice.
In 1975 he was commissioned by then-Doctor Who script editor Robert Holmes to write a story The Angurth, for the programme's thirteenth season. This story was eventually abandoned but did eventually lead to the commissioning of The Awakening in 1981. The story was originally planned as a four-part story called War Game, but was cut down to two episodes when producer John Nathan-Turner decided the plot could not carry four episodes.
Pringle's later work concentrated on Radio with adaptations of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and J. B. Priestley's The Good Companions. In 2001 his BBC Radio 4 play Hymus Paradisi, about the life of composer Herbert Howells, won a Sony Award.
Pringle wrote the children's novel Big George and its two sequels Big George and the Seventh Knight and Big George and the Winter King.
Ingenious, breath-taking television is how Radio Times described this weeks episode of Doctor Who, Extremis. "Once in a while a Doctor Who story comes along like no other you’ve seen before. One that keeps surprising, and amusing, and tantalising from start to finish. Extremis is one of those stories"
The Telegraph felt this week's monsters were suitably scary "In a classic case of keeping the monster unseen for as long as possible, we didn’t get to meet this story’s antagonists until past the episode’s halfway point. When we eventually did, they were suitably terrifying: clad in blood-red robes, with creepy claw-hands and zombie-esque faces which recalled The Mummy film franchise."
While The Mirror enjoyed the episode, it found the script to complicated. "The problem with Extremis isn’t in the watching of the episode. The problem with Extremis is afterwards, when you stop and think about the episode. Yes, I’ve got a case of Moffatitis"
Digital Spy agreed the plot was to difficult to follow. "This week's outing feels like a step backwards. Starting and ending in two totally different places, and leaving the audience baffled in between, It's anything but straightforward, going against the back-to-basics ethos that previous episodes have adhered to."
The script was not a problem for IGN, which enjoyed the complex nature of the story. "Moffat jumps around quite a bit with “Extremis,” aligning a variety of elements to get this first part of the story off the ground, but of course the return of Michelle Gomez as Missy -- and the revelation that, yes, it’s her in the vault -- is of particular note."
Den of Geek also enjoyed the story as a prelude to a multi-episode tale. "Extremis isn’t action-packed, isn’t jammed with effects, and doesn’t need extensive explanations. Its idea is in fact beautifully simple: it’s a dry run for something very big, and very nasty."
AV Club called the episode a great, experimental Doctor Who and in particular praised the lead actor. "Peter Capaldi is perilously close to becoming my unqualified pick for favorite Doctor, and the overriding reason is on display as he gently breaks it to Bill that neither of them nor anything else in this world is real. He underplays the moment, making small choices to signal both his compassion and his heartbreak."
Screen Rant admired the premise of the story, "The hour has fun with its exploration of the Truth and in slowly pulling the rug out from under both audience and character. The reveal that the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole are in a massive computer simulation meant to test possible outcomes for an imminent alien invasion gives Moffat the chance to deliver a handful of delightfully unnerving scenes, culminating with a mass suicide at CERN"
Finally Games Radar thought the Doctor Who deosn't get much better than this. "When you realise that nothing you’ve seen is ‘real’, you see how fooled you were from the very beginning like the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole. You see that the suicides, initially looking like a bit of cheap intrigue, were a clue all along. The book Veritas isn’t just a plot device used to introduce the monsters, it’s the key to the entire episode."
This Wednesday Titan offers the chance to catch up with the latest adventures of both the Tenth and the Twelfth Doctor's, as well as the Torchwood Team. Tenth Doctor Year Three #5
Writer: James Peaty Artist: Warren Pleece Colourist: Hi-FI Cover A: Simon Myers Cover B: Will Brooks Cover C: Wellington Alves Cover D: Iolanda Zanfardino
The Doctor and Gabby stop off in London’s ‘silicon roundabout’, hotbed of tech development… only to find an interdimensional creature is poking holes in the fabric of reality. In order to close the breaches, the Doctor must face down some surprising echoes from his past!
Twelfth Doctor Year Three #3
Writer: George Mann Artist: Mariano Laclaustra Cover A: Wellington Alves Cover B: Photo Cover C: Simon Myers Cover D: Mark Wheatley
Brand-new adventures of the twelfth doctor starring Peter Capaldi The astounding year two team of George Mann, Rachael Stott and Mariano Laclaustra returns!
Torchwood Station Zero #4
Writer: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman Artist: Neil Edwards Cover A: Claudia Caranfa Cover B: Photo Cover By Will Brooks Cover C: Brian Williamson
Written by Captain Jack himself - John Barrowman - and Carole Barrowman! Illustrated by Neil Edwards (Doctor Who: Four Doctors).
The BBC have released a number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, Extremis
Writer: Steven Moffat Director: Daniel Nettheim
In the Haereticum - the Vatican’s secret library of blasphemy - there is an ancient book known only as The Veritas. Throughout history, anyone who has ever read it has immediately taken their own life. Now a new translation is online, and the danger is spreading. The Vatican appeals to the Doctor. Will he read The Veritas? But can even the Doctor survive the ultimate truth?
David Tennant And Billie Piper are reprising their roles of the Tenth Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler in three Doctor Who audio dramas from Big Finish Productions in arrangement with BBC Worldwide.
David Tennant’s Doctor, portrayed on screen from December 2005 until December 2009, returned in the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, with Matt Smith and Sir John Hurt in 2013, and on audio for Big Finish with Catherine Tate in 2016.
Billie Piper portrayed the Doctor’s much-loved companion Rose in 2005 and 2006, returning for a number of stories in 2008. She also appeared as The Moment – which had taken Rose’s form – in The Day of the Doctor. These new stories will be Billie’s eagerly awaited debut for Big Finish.
Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery says:
Getting David and Billie back together was definitely on my bucket list – two wonderful actors who created an era of Doctor Who which is so fondly remembered and brought a different aspect of the relationship between the Doctor and his companion to the fore – love, both platonic and unrequited. It’s great to have the Tenth Doctor and Rose back again!
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2, will be released in November 2017. It is comprised of three hour-long full cast audio adventures.
The set opens with Attack of the Zaross by John Dorney, in which an alien invasion of Earth isn’t quite what it appears to be – Camille Coduri guest stars as Jackie Tyler.
In the second adventure, Sword of the Chevalier by Guy Adams, the Doctor and Rose arrive in Slough in 1791 and encounter Chevalier D’Eon, an enigmatic ex-spy who has lived his life as a woman. Together they must fend off alien slavers, who have come to Earth to abduct valuable humans.
Finally, in Cold Vengeance by Matt Fitton, the TARDIS arrives on Coldstar, a vast frozen food asteroid in deep space. But there is something sinister defrosting in the network of storage units… the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors! Nicholas Briggs plays Ice Lord Hasskor and Warrior Slaan.
Nicholas Briggs, who is the Voice of the Daleks on TV and for Big Finish, said
It was such a special time for me, working with Billie and David on the TV show, and it is such an honour to revisit it with them on audio.
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2 is produced by David Richardson who said
We were thrilled by the response to the first volume. David Tennant and Catherine Tate were on fantastic form, and it’s so exciting to reunite David with Billie Piper, playing the Doctor and Rose together again after nine years! Their time in the series transformed Doctor Who into a prime-time and international hit, and we’ve worked very hard to live up to the incredible standards of Russell T Davies.
Special Preview of the Tenth Doctor and Rose
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2 will be available in both a Limited Edition Deluxe box set, and as three individual vanilla releases.
Official figures released by the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board or BARB, give Doctor Who - Knock Knock an official rating of 5.73 million viewers.
The rating includes all those who recorded the programme and watched it within 7 days.
Doctor Who is the 21st most watched programme for the week, and 7th most watched on BBC One
Top for the week was Britain's Got Talent on ITV with 11.51 million watching. The main soaps again did well, with Coronation Street dominating the top of the chart. Other drama's with high numbers included Little Boy Blue with 7.11 million and The Durrells with 5.81 million. Doctor Who just edged ahead of the ITV detective series Grantchester, which had 5.71 million viewers.