Sunday, 26 June 2016

Doctor Who Clothing Range Wins Retailer Award

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Doctor Who has won many awards in its long history and not just for the television show. American clothing/accessories store Hot Topic have won the Licensed Program: Retailer Award for their licensing programme for its Doctor Who range in this year's International Licensing Awards, held by the International Licensing Industry Merchandiser's Association - an award they previously won in 2014.

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The company has created a number of Doctor Who themed products, including coats and dresses, t-shirts and jewellery. In late December they launched a new limited edition fashion collection of nine items featuring imagery such as the TARDIS, sonic screwdriver and Weeping Angels.

You can browse Hot Topic's range of Doctor Who products on their website here.

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

First Doctor Who Series 10 Filming Photos and Video

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After months of not a lot happening in the world of television Doctor Who, we've finally reached the point where filming has started for the next series and we can start bringing you updates with official photos, casting announcements and leaked information that's just too good not to share.

To kick things off, we have the first official photograph from location filming for Series 10, featuring new companion actress Pearl Mackie on the the Cathays Park Campus of Cardiff University - a stone's throw away from where Danny Pink met his fate for all you fact fans - which is apparently doubling up as St. Luke's University in Bristol.
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As well as the photo, the BBC later tweeted a video of Pearl Mackie sharing her excitement.

Since the BBC tweeted their photo, there have been more photos from the filming posted online by fans and specators. Here are a few of our favourites:

Stay tuned for more filming updates as we count down the days to Series 10.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Adric Returns In New Big Finish Audios

Big Finish have announced that Matthew Waterhouse will be reprising his role as Adric along side Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor in three brand new adventures.

After 35 years away from the TARDIS, Adric will join the Doctor, Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) and Tegan (Janet Fielding) in 2017 for three audio adventures set around season 19 of the television series. The character will also make an appearance in Doctor Who: The Fifth Doctor Box Set.

Alan Barnes, Doctor Who main range script editor, said:
"I've got a huge amount of affection for Adric and the whole of Season 19. It's the series that was on TV when I was 11, turning 12, which is a great moment to be a Doctor Who fan, when you're madly enthusiastic but not yet so insanely critical that you can't enjoy it!"
The first adventure in the series is Doctor Who: The Star Men, written by Andrew Smith; who also wrote Adric's introductory adventure Full Circle. 

Barnes adds:
"The first thing I wanted to do was to get Andrew writing Adric again, because he'd been such a huge part of the character's development. So with The Star Men I asked Andrew to write something significant for Adric, something to serve the character well and perhaps show him in a slightly different light. I wanted a cosmically big sort of story, too, 'full of spacey stuff'. I think it's a bit of a shame that Season 18's script editor Christopher H Bidmead didn't do Season 19 as well, so that was part of the thinking: 'What would Bidmead do?'"
The other episodes in the series are Doctor Who: The Contingency Club by Phil Mulryne and Doctor Who: Zaltys by Matthew J Elliot.
"Zaltys came about because it struck me that there are a few hints in Season 19 that some of the directors have been looking at pop videos of the day – in the 'Tegan's mind' bits of Kinda, for example, and in the Adam Ant-like 'chandelier jump' in Castrovalva – so I asked Matthew to think about the sort of story that could have been told in the language of the pop video circa 1981/2. Yes, obviously, we don't have the visuals, but every story needs a starting point, and that can be almost anything. You'll have to wait to work out which particular videos we were looking at!"
The three stories are available to pre-order from the Big Finish website here and will be available to buy from January 2017.
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Monday, 20 June 2016

Peter Capaldi And Heaven Sent Listed For Emmy Award

The first round of ballots have been issued for the 2016 Emmy Awards, and Doctor Who has been represented for the first time ever, with Peter Capaldi listed in the Best Drama Actor category for his performance as the Doctor.

There are over 100 names listed in the ballot for this award, including actors Hugh Bonneville, Timothy Dalton, Tom Ellis and Michael Sheen. The full list can be found on the Emmys website.

Heaven Sent - Capaldi's one-hander which was nominated for a Hugo Award for Heaven Sent - has also been entered into the ballot for Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series, up against more than 240 other drama productions. The episode's director, Rachel Tallalay said: 
"This is the first year DW is eligible of Emmy’s due to a change in the way it is financed."
Registered members of the Television Academy are able to vote over which entries will go through to the nominations on 14th July, with the Emmys ceremony taking place on ABC on 18th September at 5pm (Pacific Time).

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Sean Pertwee Was Asked To Be In Doctor Who Series 9

Sean Pertwee - son of the late Jon Pertwee, who played the Third Doctor - recently revealed to that he has in fact been asked to be in Doctor Who before.
"I’ve been asked before – I was asked actually last season. I couldn’t do it because of Gotham."
Pertwee currently plays Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred Pennyworth, in the hit US drama Gotham. When asked if he would be interested in a part in Doctor Who, he seemed very keen:
"I’d love to be in some capacity be involved, as an ode to my father and to Roger Delgado, who was my dad’s best friend, who was the Master. It’d be an honour to be involved in something like that. You know, it’s a big thing! Doctor Who’s a massive thing in America now, and also they’re looking to the older Doctors, which I think is really kinda cool. They’re looking back as well, not just forward.” 
After he posted a photo of himself dressed as his father's incarnation of our favourite Time Lord, it has been repeatedly suggested that Sean Pertwee could indeed play the Third Doctor himself.

With an uncanny resemblance to his father, this could be an interesting way for the Third Doctor to make an appearance in the show.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Doctor Who: Matt Lucas Returns For Series 10

The BBC has today revealed that Matt Lucas will be returning to Doctor Who for the show's tenth series.

The comedian will be reprising his role as Nardole from 2015's Christmas special The Husbands of River Song, and is due to join Peter Capaldi and new companion Pearl Mackie when filming for Series 10 begins next week.

Matt Lucas said of his return:
"I'm chuffed to bits that Nardole is returning to the TARDIS for some more adventures. I loved acting with Peter and I'm excited to work with Pearl."
Doctor Who's executive producer and lead writer, Steven Moffat, said:
"Delighted and slightly amazed to be welcoming Matt Lucas back on to the TARDIS - and this time it's not just for Christmas, he's sticking around. One of the greatest comedy talents on planet Earth is being unleashed on all of time and space."
In other casting news actress Stephanie Hyam will play a guest role in the new series. Hyam has previously appeared as Lily Clarke in Jekyll & Hyde, as well as Peaky Blinders, Sherlock and Murdered By My Boyfriend.

Several writers have also been confirmed for Series 10. Making their return to the show are Sarah Dollard (Face The Raven) and Frank Cottrell-Boyce (In The Forest Of The Night), whilst Doctor Foster's Mike Bartlett will make his Doctor Who writing debut.

The opening episode of Doctor Who Series 10 begins filming in Cardiff from next week (Monday 20th June), written by Steven Moffat, executive produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Lawrence Gough.

Doctor Who will return with a Christmas special this year before Series 10 airs in 2017.

[Source: BBC]
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Monday, 13 June 2016

Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Toy Review

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In recent years we've had a plethora of new sonic screwdriver toys to collect. Most recently, Character Options have released the Twelfth Doctor's sonic, as first seen in The Husbands of River Song last Christmas. As well as doing my own review of the sonic, I've also asked a few people on Whovians Amino what they thought of the new toy.

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On first inspection, the sonic is very elegant. It's not too heavy and though it's more plastic than metal, it still feels good to hold. It is well built with a great level of detail to ensure that it matches the on-screen version of the prop. The design itself is quite a big change from previous sonics, with the emitter being the main focus at the top as opposed to a small round light. Because of the 'clips' on the sides, it looks as if the sonic extends somehow - as it has always done - but this is not the case, which is quite disappointing.

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Like most children, I suspect, I didn't bother to read the instructions. I quickly guessed that if you push the button in the centre up, it activates the function. The noise is identical to the on-screen noise and the emitter turned green. Because I could see no other buttons, I thought this was it, which left me somewhat disappointed. However, on inspecting the instructions, I found out there are four different functions: push the button up once, push it up twice, pull it down once, pull it down twice. These actions activate a different sound and lighting for each, with flashing and static blue/green lights. This is a little confusing compared to other sonics that have different buttons for each function.

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Overall, I'd say the Twelfth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver toy is a good accessory for any fan, especially those who wish to cosplay as Capaldi's Doctor. At £14.99, it's decent value for money and you will get much joy out of it.

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What did fans on Whovians Amino think?

As I mentioned, I also saw many users talking about the new sonic toy on Whovians Amino and I asked some of them what they thought of it. Click on their names to view their Amino pages.
"I think it looks too flashy. I say this because the handle is sorta steampunk but has holes in between the things sticking out. I also don't like the emitter at the top because it's too bulky. It feels weird in you hand. But the button/slider that activates the emitter feels very satisfying to move. I like that they included another colour, but why green? They could have made it red - I’m referring to a Doctor Who comic where the Doctor mentions that his sonic has a red setting, just like River’s."
Jaison Smith
"When I saw it, I didn't see a character options toy, I saw a gorgeous prop replica! Upon first glance I thought it looked very plasticy. However in hand, my god does it look good! The best part is no visible battery compartment and no legal information. This shocked me as legal stuff is usually visible on these toys. But the detail is perfect!"
Silver Nemesis

"The sculpt is great and the light features and sounds are well done but the lack of "action features" (such as the extending features of recent sonics and pull down feature on the classic ones) are what let's this otherwise good piece of merchandise down."
"I think it looked classy from the moment it flew 'the force' style into his hand, I think it looks particularly decorative but in an elegant way and the main thing is it's such a great contrast to a whole Series of Sonic Sunglasses! I think the BBC may even have had this up their sleeve as a merchandise tactic, go a season without then EVERYONE is going to want to buy the new one!"
Andrew J Newby
"I would say it is a bit to long in terms of design I like the toy version cannot really fault it but I would have preferred its design to be that the emitter part springs out and held in via the clip looking things so you can decrease its length by a few cm and if you want to extend it, click s button the clips unlock and fling it is now the shape of what it looks like now, if you see what I mean."
Alexander. C
"What a brilliant toy of a brilliant sonic. One of the best we've seen."
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Monday, 6 June 2016

Candy Jar Books Offers Free Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story

Candy Jar Books has announced a new digital-only short story, The Band Of Evil, written by Lethbridge-Stewart editor Shaun Russell and Candy Jar author Roger J Simmonds.

Shaun Russell said:
Although I’ve had a hand in establishing the direction of the series it’s been my goal to write a Lethbridge-Stewart story myself, but this has always proved difficult due to health and work commitments, so when the opportunity to work with Roger on this short story presented itself I jumped at it. The story is a classic ‘base under siege’ tale with a rock ‘n’ roll twist.
Hayley Cox, senior publishing coordinator at Candy Jar Books, said of the collaboration between the two writers:
Currently the Lethbridge-Stewart stories are set in the tail end of the swinging ‘60s and who better to draw upon these exciting times than someone who was actually there. I believe that Roger and Shaun have captured the rock music scene perfectly.
The digital book also contains a preview chapter of Simmonds's autobiography, Standing on the Sidelines, which covers highlights from his incredible career as a touring member of The Honeycombs. Simmonds said of the book:
I met some of the most influential performers during the ‘60s including George Harrison, Brian Jones, David Bowie and Tom Jones. My autobiography captures the glamour and sleaze, the hedonism and idealism and the sights and smells of the British rock scene. It was great to transfer these experiences to the world of Lethbridge-Stewart.
The Band of Evil is free to anyone who purchases their next novel - The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper, which is due for release end of June - and subscribes to the 2016 range of Lethbridge-Stewart novels.

The Showstoppers is now available for pre-order directly from the Candy Jar Books website. Candy Jar have also created a Spotify Lethbridge-Stewart and Standing on the Sidelines playlist.

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Your Chance To Own An Ice Warrior Costume!

Have you ever dreamed of owning an Ice Warrior or Cyberman costume? Well, Bamfords Film and Memorabilia Sale will be auctioning off a number of costumes and props from the classic series of Doctor Who in on Wednesday 8th June 2016 in Derby.

Lots include a Cyberman costume from Earthshock; a space pack worn by Peter Davison in Enlightenment; a Dalek Trooper costume from Resurrection of the Dalek; a Magma Beast costume from The Caves of Androzani; an Ice Warrior costume from The Monster of Peladon; and a Mara Snake Effigy from Snakedance

For more details on the props and costumes for sale, visit the Bamfords website.

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Friday, 27 May 2016

Big Finish Offers Two Free Doctor Who Audio Downloads

As part of the celebrations for Doctor Who Magazine's 500th issue, Big Finish are offering two free Doctor Who audio downloads:
  • Doom Coalition: Episode 1 - "The Eleven"
  • The War Doctor: Episode 1 - "The Innocent"
The offer also includes a discounted price for the whole sets that the free episodes are from.

To claim your free audios, go to and use the code thursday111079.

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