Big Finish have today announced that their Doctor Who license has been extended which means they will continue to release tie-in audio adventures until “at least” 2020.
The company has been producing Doctor Who stories since 1999 and BBC Worldwide have given them the green light to extend their ever growing range of original Classic Series escapades for another five years.
They are already planning new stories for 2017 and 2018 and later this year they’ll be launching a new UNIT spin off.
Fans can look forward to more stories featuring the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors as well as The Fourth Doctor Adventures which are also set to continue. A new era awaits for the Eighth Doctor, too, as he faces the Doom Coalition in the follow up to Dark Eyes.
Are you excited that Big Finish is here to stay? Let us know in the comments section below!
Inside Steven Moffat exclusively reveals his future plans for Peter Capaldi in Series 9 and Paul McGann chats about the return of the Eighth Doctor in the latest installment of his ongoing audio series Dark Eyes.
Plus, an interview with Classic Series companion Bonnie Langford about her memories of playing Mel Bush in the 80s and all the latest news, reviews, competitions and more!
DWM Issue 484 is on sale now, priced at £4.99. Here’s what to look out for on the shelf…
BBC Books will be publishing their Doctor Who: Time Trips Collection next month.
The hardback anthology compiles the short stories which were previously released as individual e-books throughout 2014. Now they have been brought together for the first time and in this edition they’re accompanied by beautiful illustrations to bring the original adventures to life. Featuring classic and new Doctors alike, there’s also an exclusive ‘hidden’ story, concealed within the dust jack, featuring the Twelfth Doctor.
The Time Trips collection will be released by BBC Books on 5th March 2015 priced at £20.
The compilation includes:
The Death Pit by A.L. Kennedy (Fourth Doctor)
Into the Nowhere by Jenny T. Colgan (Eleventh Doctor)
Keeping up with the Joneses by Nick Harkaway (Tenth Doctor)
Salt of the Earth by Trudi Canavan (Third Doctor)
A Handful of Stardust by Jake Arnott (Sixth Doctor)
The Bog Warrior by Cecelia Ahern (Tenth Doctor)
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller by Joanne Harris (Third Doctor)
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Here’s some good news for those of you are are looking for something to keep those Doctor Who withdrawal symptoms at bay (which, let’s face it, is all of us!).
The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine went on sale today (Thursday) and inside there’s an exclusive interview with Paul Wilmshurst – director of Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express and Last Christmas – and the show’s very first director, Waris Hussein, uses unseen previously unseen documents to reveal how the classic 1964 adventure Marco Polo went from script to screen.
Meanwhile, Steven Moffat returns to answer more readers’ questions (including one from former showrunner Russell T Davies), 1960s companion Peter Purves reflects on his time aboard the TARDIS as Steven Taylor and the Doctor and Clara take on the Sontarans and Rutans in the concluding part of The Instruments of War comic strip. All of the plus news, reviews, competitions and much, much more! It’s out now, priced at £4.99. Don’t miss it!
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Today is a special day in the Doctor’s personal calendar because it marks the anniversary of his first televised adventure, An Unearthly Child.
On this day back in 1963, at 5:16pm on BBC One, the TARDIS materialised on the small screen for the first time as viewers were given their first glimpse into the weird and wonderful world of the now iconic Time Lord.
51 years and over 800 episodes later, the series is still going strong with an estimated global audience of 70 million.
It’s also been exactly one year since The Day of the Doctor, the momentous adventure which was screened simultaneously on TV and in cinemas in over 90 countries. The 50th anniversary was a remarkable celebration and you can relive all of the festivities here.
The Doctor will be back on our screens next month but see how it all began for him below…
And he hasn’t stopped running since! Here’s to another 51 years, Doctor – we salute you!
Please join us as we raise our glasses to wish Paul McGann a very happy birthday!
The actor is best known in the Doctor Who universe for playing the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV Movie. After a short-lived tenure on the screen, he reprised the role in the Big Finish audio adventures and made a shock return for the 50th anniversary in The Night of the Doctor.
He turns 55 today and we hope he enjoys his celebrations. Feel free to post your birthday wishes below.
Our friends over at Lovarzi have recently launched some brilliant new accessories inspired by the classic series of Doctor Who.
With the festive season fast approaching, fans of Peter Davison can dress to impress with this officially-licensed Fifth Doctor Sweater (£49.99) which is based on his much loved look from Season 19 and 20.
In addition, and following the success of their Fourth Doctor replica, further scarves have been added to their collection.
These include this TARDIS Scarf (£36.99), which is presented in a beautiful box topped off with a foil-printed Doctor Who logo. and a Tom Baker Season 16-17 Scarf (£69.99) No matter what the design, it’s guaranteed to keep you warm this winter!
“We’ve been overwhelmed and delighted by the reaction our Doctor Who products have garnered; the hard work and attention to detail we put into creating finest quality items is always worthwhile when we see the smiles of fans whenever we exhibit our ever-expanding range. We’re extremely proud to see dedicated Whovians indulging in their favourite items, and are sure these three new products will be welcomed into the fandom just as warmly.”
The actor, who played the Time Lord in the 1980s, will be the presenter for the duration of the tour, taking to the stage at all 6 of its nationwide venues to guide audiences on a thrilling adventure celebrating the music and monsters of Doctor Who.
In addition, due to popular demand, an additional matinee performance has been confirmed for Sunday 24th May 2015 at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
Peter has previously fronted the critically acclaimed Spectacular tours in Australia and New Zealand and will once again return down under for its forthcoming tour in early 2015.
“I’m very excited to be hosting the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in the UK in 2015. Doctor Who fans are an extraordinary, wonderful bunch, who are very passionate about the series. The Symphonic Spectacular has already proved to be a monster hit down under with thousands of fans packing into arenas across the southern hemisphere and the UK’s first ever tour promises to be even bigger. I can’t believe that I will be taking the stage at some of the UK’s biggest arenas like Wembley’s SSE Arena and the First Direct Arena in Leeds. With Murray Gold’s amazing music performed live by the programme’s ‘house band’, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, I’m also looking forward to reuniting on stage with conductor Ben Foster.”
Peter Capaldi is featured on the cover of this week’s Radio Times as the new issues poses the question, “Is he a good Doctor?”.
With the finale of his debut series looming, famous fans, including Brian Cox, Marc Almond and Keeley Hawes, TV critics, children and former Doctor Tom Baker give their verdict on the twelfth incarnation of the iconic Time Lord. “He’s a wonderful choice to play the Doctor,” Tom Baker said. “He’s strange. An instant frisson. And what’s the word? Yes, got it! Alien, he’s an alien. I salute him.”
In addition, inside you can also test your Doctor Who knowledge in The Master Quiz and see how you compare next to former show runner Russell T Davies. The digital issue – available for iOS on Apple’s Newsstand – contains additional Doctor Who content including an exclusive Peter Capaldi photo gallery and a 30 page Monster supplement.
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