New Comics Out This Week

This week sees some new releases from Titan expanding the timey-wimey world of Doctor Who - including the return of Sarah Jane in the latest Tenth Doctor as well as the next installment of the Eleventh Doctor as played by Matt Smith.

​​ Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Year Three #8

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito
Cover A: Claudia SG Iannicello Cover B: Will Brooks Photo Cover C: Arianna Florean

More shocking revelations for the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant, as the true extent of Gabby's powers starts to become clear...and Cindy's response changes everything!
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Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #8

Writer: George Mann
Artist: Ivan Rodriguez, Wellington Diaz, Klebs Junior, Leandro Casco
Cover A: Blair Shedd Cover B: Photo Cover C: Simon Myers Cover D: Andy Walker

Brand-new standalone one-shot featuring The Eleventh Doctor as played by Matt Smith!
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Victor Pemberton 1931-2017

Actor and writer and inventor of the Sonic Screwdriver Victor Pemberton has died at the age of 85

Victor Pemberton was one of a select group of people to have both written for and appeared in Doctor Who.

In 1967, while trying to get writing work, he was earning money playing bit parts including that of a scientist in the Second Doctor story The Moonbase. But his real love was writing and when his friend Peter Bryant took over as the series Story Editor he was brought in as Bryant's assistant. He script-edited The Tomb of the Cybermen for Bryant, writing the poignant scene between the Doctor and Victoria where the Doctor explains how their lives are different.

Pemberton returned to freelance writing to pen Fury from the Deep, which saw the departure of the character Victoria from the series. It also saw the introduction of an iconic object that would forever be associated with the Doctor, The Sonic Screwdriver.

Fury from the Deep was Pemberton's only contribution to the TV series, but one of which he was very proud.
The cost of mounting Fury was astonishing, for budgets for filming in those days was miniscule, and when you think that a helicopter had to be used, and fake foam sprayed onto the sea, no wonder I got a few glares from the production crew! However, the late Hugh David did tell me that the scale of it was a challenge that he greatly enjoyed, and, as far as I’m concerned, he met that challenge superbly. But the great joy of getting Fury onto the screen was working with dear old Pat Troughton, who was already a friend, together with Debbie Watling, who had the best scream in the business, and Fraser Hines, who was the best practical joker!
In 1976 Pemberton wrote the audio adventure Doctor Who and the Pescatons, initially released as an LP and cassette and starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen. He wrote the Target novelisations of both Fury from the Deep and The Pescatons.

Victor Pemberton was born in London in 1931. His first job was as a mail delivery boy for a timber magazine in Fleet Street, followed by a short spell in the publicity and printing department of 20th Century Fox. Two years National service in the Royal Air Force followed, where he set up an entertainment system for the troops. His father brought him his first typewriter after he expressed a desire to be a writer.

His first drama scripts were for BBC Radio. In 1961 he wrote The Gold Watch, a play based on the extraordinary circumstances of his father’s retirement. Many other scripts followed, including The Slide, a seven episode science-fiction serial about an earthquake in the south of England. TV followed in 1965 with a script for a children's series on ITV called Send Foster. After Doctor Who he contributed to series such as Timeslip, Ace of Wands, The Adventures of Black Beauty and Within These Walls. In 1993 he invented the character of the Lighthouse Keeper for the UP version of the Jim Henson series Fraggle Rock

In 1987 he formed Saffron Productions Ltd making a number of documentary films, including Gwen, A Juliet Remembered and Benny Hill: Clown Imperial for the BBC. In 1990, Headline Book Publications asked him to write a novelisation of his BBC Drama radio series, Our Family. He went onto write fifteen novels.

In 2016 he undertook his Arctic Adventure, traveling alone by car through seven countries of Europe and Scandinavia to reach the Norwegian town of Bodo – in the Arctic Circle, in order to raise money for the charity Help for Heros.

Victor Pemberton's lifetime partner was the actor David Spenser, who died in 2013.

Victor Pemberton Website

Happy Centenary Earl Cameron

Today marks the 100th Birthday of the actor Earl Cameron

Earl Cameron appeared in the 1966 Doctor Who story The Tenth Planet, playing Glyn Williams one of the two astronauts on the Zeus IV.

He becomes the third actor to have appeared in Doctor Who to reach their 100th Birthday. The others being Zohra Sehgal and Olaf Pooley. He is the oldest surviving actor to have appeared in the series.

Cameron was born in Pembroke, Bermuda. He is believed to be the second black actor to have a speaking role in the series' history, following Elroy Josephs apperance in The Smugglers.

Cameron made his first stage experience in 1942 when he talked his way into a West End production of Chu Chin Chow. He went on to act in a number of plays in London, including The Petrified Forest. He has appeared in the films Pool of London, Simba, The Heart Within, Sapphire in which played Dr Robbins; and The Message, the story of the Prophet Muhammad.

Other film appearances have included: Tarzan the Magnificent (1960), No Kidding (1960); Flame in the Streets (1961), Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963), Guns at Batasi (1964), Battle Beneath the Earth (1967), The Sandwich Man (1966) and the James Bond movie Thunderball (1965), in which he played Bond's Caribbean assistant Pinder Romania.

One of Cameron's earliest TV roles was a starring part in the BBC 1960 TV drama The Dark Man, in which he played a West Indian cab driver in the UK. The show examined the reactions and prejudices he faced in his work. His other television work includes Emergency - Ward 10, The Zoo Gang, Crown Court, Jackanory, Dixon of Dock Green, Neverwhere, Waking the Dead, Kavanagh QC, Babyfather, EastEnders, Dalziel and Pascoe and Lovejoy.

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.

Earl Cameron lives with his wife Barbara in Warwickshire.

Guardian Interview

Jodie Whittaker tells of the Excitement of being cast as The Doctor

Jodie Whittaker has talked about her reaction to being cast as the thirteenth Doctor.

It was incredibly emotional... I'm about to play an alien, a time-Lord, as a girl.... The fans are the most creative and enthusiastic people and it's so exciting to be part of that.
The actress was talking to BBC 6 Music in her first broadcast interview since her casting was revealed. She described her excitment for the new series led by Chris Chibnall, who worked with Whittaker on Broadchurch.

The best thing about this part is that every script will be brand new and something that I can genuinely say I've never done this before.
Whittaker said she had not seen a lot of the reaction to her casting as she is not on any kind of social media, so she has only seen what friends had sent her. One clip she has seen is the reaction to her casting by a young girl in a clip which went viral.
Seeing things like that are really exciting.... If you grow up watching adventures films and TV Shows, that belief that anything is possible, this is the job to do. And I get to do it. And that was not in the realm of possibility ever growing up.
Whittaker said she had spoken to a few of the other actors who have played the role and the overwhelming advice was to enjoy the exciting adventure she was embarking on. No person plays the part the same.

The interview was to promote the new BBC One series Trust Me, which starts on 8 August. where she stars as Cath Hardacre, a nurse who loses her job after she turns whistle-blower - and then steals her friend's identity as a senior doctor in an Edinburgh hospital.

Hywel Bennett 1944-2017


The actor Hywel Bennett has died at the age of 73.

Hywel Bennett was best known for playing the title role of Shelley in the ITV comedy series broadcast in the late Seventies and early Eighties.

One of his earliest television appearances was as Rynian, the Aridian in The Death of Time, the second episode of the William Hartnell story The Chase.

Bennett was born in Garnant, Carmarthenshire, in 1944, and grew up in London. He trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first stage appearance was in 1959, playing Ophelia in Hamlet.

In the sixties, he appeared in a number of British films including The Virgin Soldiers based on the novel by Leslie Thomas, The Family Way alongside Hayley Mills and the psychological thriller Twisted Nerve.

In 1979 Bennett won the role he would become famous for, playing James Shelley in the Thames Television sitcom which was watched by up to 18 million viewers. The series ran until 1984. Bennett reprised the character in The Return of Shelley, running for four series from 1988 to 1992.

Other TV roles included parts in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, where he played Ricky Tarr, Boon, Frontiers, Neverwhere, Karaoke, Last of the Summer Wine and the Dennis Potter series Karaoke, Cold Lazarus and Pennies from Heaven. He played Peter Baxter in The Bill for five years and in 2003 he played the gangster Jack Dalton in Eastenders. His last known role was as Reggie Conway in The Last Detective in 2007.

In 2007 he retired from acting due to ill health.

Bennett was married to the former television presenter Cathy McGowan from 1970 to 1988 and to Sandra Layne Fulford from 1998. He is survived by his daughter, Emma.

Dr. Men Figurines Announced

BBC Worldwide has announced the release of a set of figurines based on the Dr. Who/Mr Men set of books released earlier this year.

The first four figures feature Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh and Dr. Twelfth and will be released this autumn.

The Dr. Men book series, published by Penguin Random House, brings to life Doctor Who characters in the story-telling and illustrative style of Roger Hargreaves, famous for the Mr. Men books.

Each figure will retail at £9.99

Dr. FirstDr. FourthDr. EleventhDr. Twelfth


Four Dr. Men books have been published so far, with books featuring Dr. Second, Dr. Seventh, Dr. Eighth, and Dr. Ninth set to be released later this month.

The Doctor Who Audio Annual

The Doctor Who Audio Annual (Credit: BBC Worldwide)BBC Worldwide is to release The Doctor Who Audio Annual featuring audio versions of vintage tales first seen in the Doctor Who Annuals published in the 1960s through to the 1980s.

The Annual, out in December, features classic adventures, from the first six incarnations of The Doctor, read by stars of the show: Peter Purves (who played companion Steven), Anneke Wills (Polly), Geoffrey Beevers (The Master), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) and Nicola Bryant (Peri).
For two decades, from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, every fan of the Doctor hoped to find The Doctor Who Annual in their Christmas stocking. Larger than life and twice as colourful, the stories within were exuberant — and often charmingly naive — in their take on ‘the children’s own programme which adults adore’.

Stories include
  • The Sons of Grekk, in which the First Doctor is held prisoner in a brutal, otherworldly society. 
  • The King of Golden Death where the Second Doctor, Polly and Ben have materialised inside an Ancient Egyptian pyramid. 
  • The Dalek Intruders, with The Third Doctor, Jo and the Brigadier confronting a familiar adversary 
  • Conundrum with the Fourth Doctor, Adric and K9 experiencing warped physics in the corridors of the TARDIS. 
  • The Penalty, where a delirious Fifth Doctor finds old friends and adversaries ganging up on him 
  • The Real Hereward, where the Sixth Doctor and Peri plunge into a dangerous period of British history.
Also included are two vintage essays on the character of the Doctor: Who is Doctor Who? from 1966 and The Phoenix in the TARDIS from 1968.

The Annual can be pre-ordered from Amazon

Whotopia – Issue 31

Whotopia - Issue 31The latest issue of the fan magazine Whotopia has been released and looks at the legacy of writer and Script Editor Robert Holmes

The Magazine is available in both a free-to-download PDF and can be purchased in hardcopy.

  • POINT / COUNTERPOINT: THE CASE FOR ROBERT HOLMES    Join Michael S. Collins & Jon Arnold as they ponder the works of the late great Robert Holmes
  • ROBERT HOLMES: THE EARLY YEARS  Bob Furnell picks up his biographer's lens and takes a look at Robert Holmes early career
  • COLUMN: WHOLIFE HOLMESLIFE Grant Bull takes a unique look at Holmes' life and works
  • HOLMES WHO REVIEWED Our panel review every story written by Robert Holmes
  • NOVELIZING THE SCRIPT: THE TWO DOCTORS Matthew Kresal focuses on Holmes novelization of his sixth Doctor script
  • COLUMN: TARGET TRAWL Nick Mellish continues his journey reading every single Target novel
  • SICK SOCIETY: HOW THE DYSTOPIAN NARRATIVE INFLUENCED DOCTOR WHO Steve Traves opens the lid on one of the series' most enduring themes
  • COLUMN: THE DOCTOR WHO SCHOLAR: FILE UNDER POLITICS This issue Jeremy discusses how the Doctor's travels have touched upon the cultural events of their time
  • BERNICE SUMMERFIELD UNBOUND Matthew Kresal examines the Big Finish audio boxset
  • WHO YOU BUILD Steve Traves explores more full-scale Doctor Who model making
  • THE BLACK ARCHIVES REVIEWED This issue Andrew Screen takes a look at Dark Water/Death In Heaven and Ghost Light
  • THE TENTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES Jessica Chaleff takles this new series of audio adventures from Big Finish
  • MASTER WHO PART 4: ERIC ROBERTS Dan Tessier details Eric Roberts version of ‘The Master’
  • COLUMN: THE FANZINE CORNER Bob Furnell returns with a special one-off edition of this popular column
  • THE AUDIO ARCHIVES: RETURN OF THE KROTONS Andrew Screen considers this audio sequel to Holmes' first ever 'Who' script
  • COLUMN: THE CURATE’S EGG Richard Michaels defends three of Holmes' bug-eyed monster creations

New Comics Out Today

Wednesday 26th July sees Titan release the latest Comic form adventures of the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors.

Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
Colourist: Marko Lesko
Cover A: Simon Myers ​cover B: Photo – Will Brooks Cover C: Arianna Florean​​​

THE BIDDING WAR - PART 1!

​With some knowledge of his past life apparently restored, Jack is determined​ ​to put right his misdeeds as a Time Agent – in particular, stopping his past​ ​self from erasing the criminal Zloy Volk from the timeline, using an Eradicator​ ​gun. But... Zloy Volk is very much alive. How?! Even worse, in the process of​ ​stopping his past self from erasing Volk all over again, JACK was seemingly​ ​erased! The Doctor, Rose, and Tara are on the scene...
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​Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor #3.7

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito with Iolanda Zanfardino
Colourist: Arianna Florean with Nicola Righi
Cover A: Robert Hack Cover B: Photo By Will Brooks Cover C: Blair Shedd

Vortex Butterflies - Part 2!

After their collective ordeal in Ancient China, the Doctor received a mysterious signal... which turned out to be from his future self!

Though the Tenth Doctor won’t remember the exact details of their meeting, the warning from the future will linger... Having abandoned Gabby and Cindy in London at the house of an old friend, it turns out the Doctor may have left more problems than solutions in his wake – as Gabby’s powers began to manifest on an unprecedented scale!
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Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #3.7

Writer: George Mann
Artist: I.N.J Culbard
Colourist: Triona Farrell
Cover A: Simon Myers Cover B: Photo By Will Brooks Cover C: Rodney Ramos Cover D: ​Iolanda Zanfardino

THE MEMORY FEAST - PART 2!

The TARDIS team came across a huge spaceship... in what was supposed to be completely abandoned space!

Once inside, they found enormous microclimates filled with everything from pterodactyls to burning suns! Of course, the wonder did not last as they were chased by memory parasites – the Thrakes – and the world inside the ship began to disintegrate, just as they came face to face with a mysterious coffin...
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Christmas Details Announced at SDCC

This news item contains official information released by the BBC at the Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic Con. some readers may consider the information spoilers.

Twice Upon a Time: Mark Gatiss, Peter Capaldi, David Bradley (Credit: BBC)

The BBC has announced that Peter Capaldi’s final episode of Doctor Who, to be broadcast this Christmas will be called

Twice Upon a Time


Twice Upon a Time: Pearl Mackie (Credit: BBC)The episode will also feature Pearl Mackie returning as Bill Potts. Viewers will have to wait until Christmas to discover exactly how Bill, who will appear throughout the episode, makes her return.

It was also revealed that Mark Gatiss will co-star in the episode in a guest role, playing a World War One soldier - known so far only as ‘The Captain'

As previously revealed in the closing moments of the 2017 series finale, the special will feature Peter Capaldi’s current Doctor team up with the First Doctor, played by David Bradley.