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The latest Doctor Who Magazine will go on sale tomorrow (Thursday) and it is a bumper issue celebrating the first five decades of the Doctor’s televisual TARDIS escapades!
Inside this month’s installment, the Top 10 stories from each decade, as voted for by the DWM readers, are confirmed as the Doctor’s 241 adventures to date are placed on the most comprehensive chart yet. But which will come out on top?
It also includes the latest news, reviews and much more.
Plus, this celebratory issue comes with a special gatefold cover featuring a menagerie of the monsters who have given us countless frights and delights over the past 50 years. It can be added to your prized collections when it’s published on 29th May, priced at £4.99.
Above – The gatefold cover for DWM #474 celebrates 50 years of the Doctor’s enemies.
WhovianNet recently caught up with the team behind Doctor Who Legacy to discover more about the app’s past, present and future!
If you didn’t know already, the popular RPG has been taking the Whoniverse by storm since its launch last November.
The free to play game allows players to build up an army of allies to face off with the Doctor’s most notorious foes – you can check out our Q&A with its developers below!
Keep ‘em peeled as we will be giving away some exclusive codes for the game shortly…
Q. Hi there! So, how did the idea for the Doctor Who Legacy game originally come about?
Susan: Lee and I have been playing puzzle games for years and in fact worked on a game called Puzzle Kingdoms with Steve Fawkner, a wonderful friend of ours who created Puzzle Quest, some years back. It was a genre we really have wanted to revisit for some time now. When we decided to make our first jump into mobile, we knew we wanted it to be with a beloved property – beloved by us and beloved by a core audience of fans. Doctor Who was our first and only choice and we felt that the puzzle mechanic was the perfect way to extrapolate conflict, both mental and physical, into a game which would be accessible by an audience as wide and diverse as the 75 million people who watch Doctor Who.
Q. And for anyone who hasn’t yet played it, how would you sell Doctor Who Legacy n a nutshell?
Lee: Doctor Who Legacy is a free to play mobile game which lets you select your favorite Doctor and companions. It pits them against the most notorious enemies in the Doctor Who universe through a family friendly, accessible puzzle game.
Q. How closely do you work with the BBC in terms of the new characters and content that you launch? Lee: We work very closely with the BBC at all times. When you’re working in someone else’s world, your choices are either full transparency at all times, or you’re hiding something which could come back to bite you later. From the very start we worked closely with the BBC – episode choices, art style, look and feel, characters, gameplay, everything was discussed with the BBC. This very close collaboration continued post launch and, if anything, has just become closer. We talk to our producer at the BBC, Peter Hickman, on an almost daily basis, keeping him up to date with all plans we have on the table, and anything we’re discussing internally. This game wouldn’t be the game it is – not even remotely – without the amazing support we’ve had from Peter, the BBC and the Doctor Who brand team.
Q. Has Legacy in its current form changed much from its original pitch? Lee: The game has changed very little since the original pitch. There were some unknowns when we first pitched which we nailed down in pre-production (such as – how long is a season? How many seasons do we launch with? How many/which characters can we use?), but the core of the game is 99% the same, and our core goals – an accessible, fair, free to play game for all ages, by fans for fans – haven’t changed at all.
Susan: One of the most important pillars of design for us has been embracing and empowering our fan community to influence the game. We regularly engage our fans regarding characters, abilities, favorite episodes, etc. And our fans have influenced the form of the game for the better. Through their feedback, they have helped us to refine and enhance the game in wonderful ways.
Q. When did initial development on the game begin? Lee: Early development, just Susan and I discussing what we may want to make next, started in January 2013. In early March we had our first meetings with BBCW, and by May we and our partners at Seed were hard at work on the game. During June/July/August, the tech guys built the core engine, editor, server side components and so on, while the design and art teams were nailing down the art style, look and feel, story, music, SFX, and other things we had to do. We laid out Season 7 during September/early October, then season 6 in late October and up through launch in late November.
Q. It has proven to be extremely popular amongst fans. Are you happy with the response it’s had so far? Susan: Yes, very much so. We’ve been making games for over 15 years and have never been able to have a relationship this close and immediate with our fans. It’s incredibly intense and fun. It’s been particularly rewarding to see how quickly our players have picked up on the subtle things that we wondered if anyone would notice or care about, such as the choice of name for an ability, enemy ability decisions, even decisions made in writing the ally bios. Our most avid fans don’t miss a thing!
Q. What would you say is the most original feature that Doctor Who Legacy offers to its players?
Lee: I think the scale is utterly unique in gaming. Attempting to make a game in someone else’s universe is nothing new, however trying to build an infinitely extendable platform where you can potentially create gameplay around 50 years of shows, hundreds of characters, hundreds of enemies, and running it as a live service hand in hand with the community is very unique and, when you add the Doctor, something I doubt you’ll see ever again.
Q. Finally, what new features and content can Legacy players look forward to over the coming months? Lee: We have a few big things we’re working on right now. The Facebook version is nearly complete and we’re frantically trying to get that live as soon as possible. Dual color characters are a big thing which is coming, along with an increase in level cap. Also imminent is a revamp of the user interface. And we’re about to add a big fan favorite classic ally, Ace!
A huge thanks to Lee and Susan for answering our questions! Begin your Legacy HERE.
The latest issue of DWM is on sale now and inside they raise their Doctor Who-themed glass to our beloved Time Lord’s seventh incarnation.
Series script editor Andrew Cartmel, who oversaw Sylvestor McCoy’s era, catches up with the writers he employed in the late 1980’s to discuss how their stories helped pave the way for the show’s modern reinvention in 2005.
It also includes the latest news, previews and reviews.
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 473 is on sale now priced £4.99. Miss it and you’ll miss out…
Tom Baker has been chatting about the impact that Doctor Who continues to have on his day to day life.
The actor, who played the Fourth Doctor from 1974 to 1981, told TV Choice that it’s an association that never leaves you. “It’s a pretty daunting thing,” he explained. “All this time has passed. And it almost makes me immortal, that fans will still stop me in the street. They’ll say, ‘You were really influential in my life’, and I like that a lot – if they say it nicely enough, I offer them money. Not advice, but money.”
He made a surprise return, as the enigmatic ‘Curator’, in last year’s 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor – a cameo, he admits, he “did contemplate not doing”. “I was asked by Caroline Skinner, who was the producer,” he said. “She was a persuasive girl and always very charming about it. She said I could tamper with the script, so I said yes. Typically of the BBC, nobody knows who the Curator is. He could be anything! With Doctor Who, you’ve really got to be able to suspend your disbelief a bit, haven’t you…?”
The interview was to promote the repeats of the Classic Series on the Horror Channel (Sky 319) which start on Friday 18th April with the first ever serial An Unearthly Child.
Director Derek Martinus has passed away at the age of 82.
Derek worked on 6 Doctor Who serials between the years of 1965 to 1970 which included adventures with all three of the first Doctors.
He helmed The Tenth Planet, which introduced fans to the Cybermen, as well as Spearhead from Space, known for marking Jon Pertwee’s TARDIS debut and for being the first Doctor Who story to be filmed in colour.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family who have described him as “an inspiration”.
Whovians in the US will be able to bring home An Adventure in Space and Time in a 3-disc set from 27th May!
The popular docudrama starring David Bradley – which was aired last year for the show’s 50th anniversary festivities – will be released in a DVD / Blu-ray combo with a bonus disc featuring the first ever serial, An Unearthly Child.
It will have a SRP of $24.98 and you can check out its cover artwork below. What do you think of it?
Matthew Waterhouse will be reprising his role as Adric for a new boxset of original Fifth Doctor audio adventures.
The new stories serve as the actor’s Big Finish debut and it’ll be the first time he’s played the character since he was last seen on screen alongside Peter Davison in the 1980s.
The boxset, out in August, brings together two 4 part stories presented over 5 discs with an hour-long documentary, plus interviews with the cast and crew.
“I am very proud of these stories,” said David Richardson, producer. “They’re top-notch scripts, and very different in style, content and tone. Doctor Who fans are in for a treat.”
Psychodrome by Jonathan Morris
Shortly after surviving the perils of Logopolis, Castrovalva and the machinations of the Master, the new Doctor and his new crew could be forgiven for wanting to take a breather from their tour of the galaxy. But when the TARDIS lands in a strange and unsettling environment, the urge to explore is irresistible… and trouble is only a few steps away.
The world they have found themselves in is populated by a wide variety of the strangest people imaginable – a crashed spacecraft here, a monastery there, even a regal court. And not everyone they meet has their best interests at heart.
With the TARDIS stolen, and the very environment itself out to get them, the travellers face a extremely personal threat. They’ll have to work as a team if they want to get out alive… but can you really trust someone you barely know?
The house on Fleming’s Island had been left to rot. Ever since a strange and unexplained death soon after it was built, and plagued with troubling rumours about what lurked there, it remained empty and ignored for decades until the cult moved in. As twenty people filled its many rooms, the eerie building seemed to be getting a new lease of life.
But now it is empty again. The cult found something in its corridors… and then vanished.
Trapped on the island one dark night, the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric look into the building’s mysteries, its stories of madness and death. Their only chance is to understand what terrible thing has been disturbed here… before it consumes them utterly.
Fans will get the chance to witness how it all began when the Classic Series of Doctor Who comes to the Horror Channel!
The UK’s home of horror and sci-fi has secured the rights to broadcast 30 adventures from the show’s first 26 years with serials starring each of the first seven Doctors.
They’ll be starting at the very beginning on Friday 18th April with the first ever serial An Unearthly Child leading into a special – and spooky – ‘Who on Horror’ marathon weekend.
Classic serials will then be shown in weekday double-bills in day time and evening slots.
“Doctor Who is an iconic series and we are so proud and excited to welcome this giant of British icons to our channel,” said Director of Programming Alina Florea. “The line-up will be some of the most revered from seven Doctors, stories that have terrified, thrilled and captured the imagination of children and adults through the decades. Doctor Who joins a long line of well-loved classics we’ve endeavoured to showcase over the last few years.”
UK viewers will find the Horror Channel on 319 (Sky), 149 (Virgin) and 138 (Freesat) – will you be tuning into these classic serials? Which ones are you hoping will be repeated?
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