Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Titan Announces New Third Doctor Comic Series

Titan Comics and BBC Worldwide North America have announced a new series of comics starring the Third Doctor.

The five-part comic series - which follows the hugely successful adventures of the Fourth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors - will be penned by writer Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Action Comics, The Severed Streets) and artist Christopher Jones (Young Justice, Marvel’s Avengers).

The series, called The Heralds Of Destruction, will feature the Third Doctor, as played by Jon Pertwee, with companions Jo Grant and Brigadier.
When something enormous and extraterrestrial crashes into Bedfordshire, the Doctor, Jo Grant, and the forces of UNIT under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart mobilize immediately to investigate – and find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle against a terrifying invader! But the shocking face that awaits their return to base may tip their whole world off its axis.
The first issue comes with five variant covers to collect: three art covers by artists Josh Burns, Simon Myers, and Paul McCaffrey, a photo cover, and a blank sketch cover.

The comic will be available as both print and digital comics from August 2016.
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Doctor Who On Longlist For TV Choice Awards 2016

The longlist for this year's TV Choice Awards has been revealed, with Doctor Who featuring in three categories.

Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi is nominated for Best Actor, whilst Jenna Coleman - who exited Doctor Who as Clara Oswald last year - is up for Best Actress.

The show itself has once again made the longlist for Best Family Drama in a category dominated by fellow BBC dramas including Father Brown, Call The Midwife and Casualty.

Longlist voting is now open at the TV Choice website, with voting forms also available in the current issue of TV Choice magazine, and closes at midnight on Friday 3rd June. The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 28th June, when voting will re-open online until Friday 8th July.

Winners will be announced at the TV Choice awards ceremony on Monday 5th September at The Dorchester, London, hosted by comedian Jo Brand.

[Source: TV Choice Magazine]
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Monday, 16 May 2016

New Tenth Doctor And Donna Audios Available From Big Finish

One of the most highly anticipated series of audio dramas is finally available today, as Big Finish release three brand new audio dramas featuring the Tenth Doctor (David Tenannt) and Donna (Catherine Tate) together for the first time since 2008's Series 4.

The three stories are available to download exclusively from the Big Finish website for the next few months, before being made available for general release at the end of August 2016.

The three adventures are also available as an exclusive box set, The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Volume One from Big Finish, which will be released as a limited 4-disc edition of 5000 and includess exclusive artwork, photography, articles, a one-hour documentary featuring interviews with the stars and production team, plus a bonus documentary examining the worlds of Doctor Who at Big Finish.

So, let's take a look at the stories...

Technophobia

Written by Matt Fitton 
pre-order from Big Finish here
When the Doctor and Donna visit London’s Technology Museum for a glimpse into the future, things don’t go to plan.

The most brilliant IT brain in the country can’t use her computer. More worrying, the exhibits are attacking the visitors, while outside, people seem to be losing control of the technology that runs their lives.

Is it all down to simple human stupidity, or is something more sinister going on?
Beneath the streets, the Koggnossenti are waiting. For all of London to fall prey to technophobia.

Time Reaver

Written by Jenny T Colgan 
Pre-order from Big Finish here
Calibris. The spaceport planet where anything goes. Where anyone who doesn't want to be found can be lost, and where everything has its price. Where betentacled gangster Gully holds sway at the smugglers’ tavern, Vagabond’s Reach.

The alien Vacintians are trying to impose some order on the chaos. Soon the Doctor and Donna discover why. An illegal weapon is loose on the streets. A weapon that destroys lives… Slowly and agonisingly.

The Time Reaver.

Death and the Queen

Written by James Goss
Pre-order from Big Finish here
Donna Noble has never been lucky in love.

So when, one day, her Prince does come, she is thrilled to have the wedding of all weddings to look forward to. Though the Doctor isn’t holding his breath for an invitation. And her future mother-in-law is certainly not amused.

But on the big day itself, Donna finds her castle under siege from the darkest of forces, marching at the head of a skeleton army.

When it looks like even the Doctor can’t save the day, what will Queen Donna do to save her people from Death itself?
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Big Finish Announce Details For New War Doctor Audios

Big Finish has revealed further details for the third release in its War Doctor series, starring John Hurt as the War Doctor and Jacqueline Pearce as Cardinal Ollistra.
This Autumn, the Time War rages on with the War Doctor set to face Sontarans, an invasion of Earth and the Dalek Time Strategist.
Doctor Who - The War Doctor 3: Agents of Chaos is the third volume in the series of full cast audio dramas, in which the War Doctor and Cardinal Ollistra are thrown deeper into the Time War.

The Shadow Vortex
Written by David Llewellyn
The Time Lords have detected that their quantum shield protecting Earth has been breached by the Daleks, and the War Doctor is sent to Berlin 1961, at the height of the Cold War, to investigate. There he finds that the Daleks have their own agent on the scene.
The audio drama includes Neve McIntosh (who plays Madame Vastra) and Honeysuckle Weeks as Heleyna. Llewellyn said of the drama: 
'I was given a very open brief: Send the War Doctor to Earth. So then I started thinking, "Where on Earth (literally) can I picture the War Doctor?" and the first image that came to mind was Berlin's Brandenburg Gate in the early '60s - checkpoints in place, the boundary between East and West. Time War meets Cold War. Then I pictured a Dalek saucer landing right in front of it. Then I pictured the skies above Berlin swarming with Daleks. Then I got really, really excited and I started to write.'

The Eternity Cage 
Written by Andrew Smith
The Sontarans continue their campaign to join the Time War - while the Time Lords and the Daleks refuse to allow them to join in. This may change, however, when the Sontarans score a victory over both sides.
This story is Andrew's second set story to be set during the Time War after the upcoming story The Sontaran Ordeal, which is part of Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters Volume 1.

Dan Starkey plays the Sontarans, while Josh Bolt stars as Kalan. Smith said of the story: 
'I was asked to write a story taking for its inspiration Alistair MacLean’s Where Eagles Dare. So we have an apparently impenetrable fortress on a mountaintop, and the Doctor leading an elite group on a rescue mission. But instead of the German army trying to stop them, it’s Sontarans! With the Daleks not far away either.'
Eye of Harmony
Written by Ken Bentley
The fate of Gallifrey hangs in the balance when the Daleks gain the upper hand, while the Doctor and his allies fight to stay alive against all odds.
Bentley said of the story: 
‘I grew up watching war films. They were a staple of weekend viewing when I was a boy, so it was great to have the opportunity to explore the genre in Doctor Who, where we generally avoid anything too dark. But even more exciting is that fact that I've written a play for John Hurt. JOHN HURT!! If you'd told me that might happen when I first started working for Big Finish I wouldn't have believed you.’
The set also introduces a new character into the Time War - the Dalek Time Strategist, who is voiced by Dalek supremo Nicholas Briggs. Script Editor Matt Fitton said of the character: 
‘At the end of Dark Eyes, and the defeat of the Dalek Time Controller, it was hinted that a new 'Time Strategist' would be created in its wake.

Daleks never go to war without a plan, and a Time War needs a special kind of planner, capable of viewing the field of conflict through four dimensions and beyond. This is the Dalek Time Strategist: a time-sensitive war-leader, utterly dedicated to achieving Dalek victory over the Time Lords by any means it can.’
Doctor Who - The War Doctor 3: Agents of Chaos is available to pre-order from the Big Finish website.
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Friday, 13 May 2016

The Gallifrey Times To Appear On Geekly Chronicles Podcast

Our Assistant Editor, Ben, has been invited to appear on The Geekly Chronicles online radio show next week to talk about Doctor Who on the 20th anniversary of the TV Movie being aired.

The Geekly Chronicles is a fortnightly radio show that describes itself as:
"Friday night radio for people who don't do Friday Nights! Three geeks discuss life, the universe, and everything. Also sandwiches."
Be sure to tune into gkly.co on Friday 20th May to hear Ben talking. In the meantime you can listen to previous shows on their website or follow them on Twitter @gklyco.
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Doctor Who: The Legends Of River Song Available To Pre-Order

BBC Books have announced their latest Doctor Who fiction book, The Legends Of River Song featuring stories from Jenny T. Colgan (Dark Horizons, Into the Nowhere), Steve Lyons (The Stealers of Dreams, The Witch Hunters), Jacqueline Rayner (Oh No It Isn’t!, The Last Dodo), Andy Lane (All-Consuming Fire, The Mahogany Murders) and Guy Adams (Torchwood: The House That Jack Built).

The stories include both adventures with the Doctor - such as Picnic at Asgard, featuring the Eleventh Doctor - and solo adventures including Death in New Venice.

The book is currently available as an eBook, but will be released as a hardback on 2nd June 2016 and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon here.
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12th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver Now Available

Despite favouring a pair of sonic sunglasses for most of Series 9, the Twelfth Doctor brandished a brand new sonic screwdriver at the end of Hell Bent and now you can own one for yourself! The new toy replica of the Doctor's sonic features static, pulsate & chase light modes and four sound FX.


The sonic will be available to buy in shops later this month, but is available to pre-order now for £14.99 from Forbidden Planet's website.

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Friday, 6 May 2016

Vote For Your Favourite Doctor Who Magazine Covers

In the build up to Doctor Who Magazine's 500th edition later this month, the publishers are conducting a poll for fans to vote for their favourite cover.

Every day, fans can vote up to five times from a group of 50 covers, which will be. The final 50 will then be put into a final poll so the overall winner can be determined before Issue 500 is published.

Vote for your favourite from the first set of 50 on the Doctor Who Magazine Website here.

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Saturday, 30 April 2016

The Gallifrey Times Team Reactions To New Companion

It's been one week since Pearl Mackie was announced as the new companion, Bill, who will be joining Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor in Series 10 of Doctor Who. However, we here at TGT are still talking about the news and discussing our thoughts on Bill. So, here's some of our initial reactions to the casting announcement:

Ben - Assistant Editor

I had no real expectations for the new companion - I always wish for an alien, but I know that's not very likely - so I was just hoping for somebody different that we hadn't really seen in the show before. I was very excited when I saw the clip of Bill for the first time, as this is potentially the biggest hype we've ever had around a new companion. The character looks like a good contrast for Capaldi's Doctor. Although we haven't seen much of her yet, there are lots of qualities showing already. There's the confidence, the humour and (for want of a better word) hipness, with a striking similarity to Ace I might add. Unlike Clara, who seemed over-knowledgable and unimpressed much of the time, Bill seems to know very little of alien life and is very much the Doctor's side-kick instead of his equal.

My only quibble with the clip was that it was very humour focussed, with a bit of an unrealistic reaction to the Daleks, but I understand this is probably just a light-hearted scene to get us to like Bill, which certainly worked. Finally, the name. Bill. An odd choice for a female character, but I love it. I'm assuming it's a nickname or an abbreviation, but it's definitely different. I can't wait to see Bill in Series 10 and wish all the best for Pearl Mackie as she joins the family and sets off in the TARDIS.

Andrew - Writer

Well I was wrong with my prediction of Frank Skinner (There were some great rumours including Stephen Fry!) But Pearl Mackie looks like an exciting and pretty inspired choice, from that clip we get vibes of Donna Noble/Ace/Rose/Martha/Amy (yes I realise I've just listed virtually every New Who companion) (not including Ace) but basically nothing like Clara. Mostly what I see is the naivety which is maybe necessary to give us new angles on the Doctor and potentially draw in new viewers. I still feel sad that Clara has disappeared for now, although it’s very cool being in her own American Diner TARDIS. Anyway, with Mackie it's great to see the ethnic diversity too. Clara kind of had it all and it was always great to view her as more intelligent than the Doctor. I think the Doctor will be boss again now, but that will trouble him after all Clara taught him. Good luck Pearl Mackie - please help Peter Capaldi’s third Series be as phenomenal as Series 9!

Patrick - Writer


I must admit to being firmly on the fence with the announcement of Pearl Mackie as new companion Bill. This is primarily because, whilst I feel Bill could be a fun companion in the vein of Donna from years past, there was still the lingering feeling that Bill is a model character of a Steven Moffat way of writing that has long since become dated. She is quirky, witty and energetic, all positive traits of much loved Moffat characters such as River Song, but we are entering a Moffat-less era, as such Bill lacks that refreshing quality to be instantly interesting. But of course it is much too early to make a firm judgement based purely on one teaser; it won't be till next year that I can coalesce my thoughts on Bill in the post-Clara age.
So, that's our thoughts on Bill, but what do you think about the new companion? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter.
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Doctor Who: Heaven Sent Nominated For Hugo Award

The penultimate episode of Doctor Who series 9 finale, Heaven Sent, has been nominated for a 2016 Hugo Award.

Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talaly, the episode featured an (almost) single handed performance from Capaldi and has been highly praised by critics and fans alike.

Heaven Sent is up against Grimm (Universal), Jessica Jones (Marvel Television), My Little Pony (DHX Media) and Supernatural (Kripke Enterprises) in the category for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form). 

Doctor Who has previously won Hugo Awards for The Doctor's Wife, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang and The Waters of Mars. Listen was also nominated last year, but lost out in the final voting.

The winners of the 2016 Hugo will be announced on Saturday 20th August at the MidAmeriCon II Hugo Awards Ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri.

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