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November 14th, 2014

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.

November 14th, 2014
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The Doctor will be joining in with the Children in Need party tonight and the Time Lord has had a long history with the charity.

We all remember this classic moment from the 2007 festivities in which our hero came face to face with a previous incarnation in the formidable Time Crash.

Written by Steven Moffat, the mini-episode featured the return of Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor and you can relive the meeting of momentous minds in the player below.

A preview of this year’s Christmas Special will be shown during Children in Need tonight.

November 4th, 2014

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.”

- Maninder Singh Sahota, Director of Lovarzi

Browse the latest Doctor Who products on sale now in our merchandise section…

November 3rd, 2014

Fifth Doctor Peter Davison will be the host of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular when it arrives in the UK next year.

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 Davison

To find out more and to buy tickets, visit

October 28th, 2014

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.

“Tiger, tiger, burning bright…” Click here to return to the forest in our discussion.

October 20th, 2014
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BAFTA Cymru has announced a programme of special Doctor Who cinema events which will begin with a world exclusive screening of the Series 8 finale.

In partnership with BBC Cymru Wales and Film Hub Wales, the events will form part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season, giving fans the chance to experience an array of the show’s most iconic monsters by presenting classic episodes on the big screen at selected venues across Wales. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A panel with creative teams who have worked on the series.

The first stop will be a screening of Death in Water, the final episode of the latest series, which will be screened at an event in Cardiff a few days before its premiere on BBC One.

The full list of upcoming events, their venues and accompanying episodes can be found below. Tickets cost £12 (Concessions: £8) and can be purchased from the venue websites.

Doctor Who: Death in Heaven
Tuesday 4th November at 7pm
Reardon Smith Theatre, Cardiff
029 2030 4400

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Monday 1st December at 7pm
Theatr Ffwrnes, Llanelli
0845 2263510

Doctor Who: The Sontaran Stratagem & The Poison Sky
Tuesday 16th December at 7pm
Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Denbighshire
01745 850197

Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead
Monday 12th January at 7pm
Monmouth Savoy Theatre, Monmouth
01600 772467

Doctor Who: Masque of Mandragora & The Prisoner
Saturday 17th January at 7pm
Theatr Harlech, Snowdonia
01766 780667

Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
Tuesday 27th January at 7pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
01970 623232

Will you be attending any of these special events? Let us know in the comments section…

October 1st, 2014

Fans of Sixth Doctor Colin Baker will be able to hear his voice in a new children’s comedy which is making its way to cinemas soon.

A Dozen Summers has been described as a film “about what it’s like to be 12 in the 21st century” with a story “to make children feel better about growing up and for adults to remember what it was like to be young”.

Written and directed by Kenton Hall, the film features a stellar young cast alongside Colin Baker as the Narrator.

Colin’s character “is happily going about his own business narrating a perfectly lovely and franchise-friendly children’s film” when two of its young stars question his right to be there.

Staring the Sixth Doctor Colin Baker as The Narrator, A Dozen Summers is a comedy – from writer/director Kenton Hall – for children of all ages (including adults who haven’t completely lost their way yet). It follows the lives of 12-year-old twins, Maisie and Daisy McCormack, who have just hijacked a children’s film in order to tell their own story.

Watch the trailer here and follow its latest developments via Twitter, @ADozenSummers.

September 27th, 2014
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Former Doctor Who companion Katy Manning paid a visit to the show’s current home in Cardiff this week.

The actress, who travelled with Third Doctor Jon Pertwee as Jo Grant in the 70s, has been filming a guest role in Casualty which is made alongside Doctor Who at Roath Lock Studios.

Of course she couldn’t leave South Wales without a visit to the iconic blue box, where Peter Capaldi took a break from filming this year’s Christmas Special to familiarise her with her old home, which she says “always smells the same”.

Katy treated her Twitter followers to this brilliant photo of her and Peter recreating a classic shot from her own stint in the show. “I was completely lost in the moment,” she tweeted.

September 26th, 2014
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Louise Jameson, who played the Fourth Doctor’s companion Leela, has revealed she would love the opportunity to revisit the character on screen.

The actress appeared in the series in the 1970s and told Nottingham Post “it would be nice” to see how she’s getting on. “I think she’d have loads of children,” she predicted. “I doubt she would have lasted long with that Time Lord guard she stayed with.”

She also discussed her relationship with Tom Baker.

“Tom was very difficult to work with back then, but now he’s an absolute dream,” she said. “He’s very apologetic about how he was. I would consider him to be one of my best friends. I wish I could have time travelled in the 70s and seen how our relationship would develop!”

Louise is currently appearing in Time And The Conways at the Nottingham Playhouse.

September 5th, 2014
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This week has seen the release of The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller, a new and original e-book by bestselling author Joanne Harris.

In the short story, which forms part of the ongoing Time Trips series, the Third Doctor finds himself in an isolated time paradox which is being ruled by an unknown psychic force.

We recently caught up with Joanne who gave us an exclusive insight into the creation of her very own Doctor Who adventure.

Q. Hi there, Joanne! So, how did your involvement with the Time Trips range come about, and were you already a fan of the series?
A. I was already a Doctor Who fan and I was approached by the BBC to write for the Time Trips series. It was at the same time a terrific challenge and a childhood dream come true…

Q. In your story, the Third Doctor finds himself in an isolated time paradox ruled by an unknown psychic force. Without giving too much away, what was the inspiration behind this?
A. I’ve been fascinated by the idea of psychic control since I first read Jerome Bixby as a young child. Rather than write about alien intelligence in this story, I wanted to look at the power and potential of the human mind and its subconscious imagery.

Q. And how did you approach the story at the beginning of the writing process, in terms of your research into the life and times of the Third Doctor?
A. I took the opportunity to re-watch a number of Third Doctor adventures. I had a pretty good idea of when I wanted to set my story, but I needed to be sure it would fit. Thought processes, memories, artefacts, references to previous adventures, clothing… I needed to be certain of all those things before climbing inside the Doctor’s mind.

Q. Of course, the Third Doctor was well known for being suave yet authoritative. How easy was it to convey his personal and mannerisms on page?
A. Surprisingly easy, actually. The Third Doctor was “my” Doctor as a child, and I found I remembered him in quite vivid detail. To me, he’s the eccentric uncle who taught me Venusian karate, gave me my taste for velvet jackets and made me want to visit the stars. I’m still very fond of him so I’m glad to have had the chance to bring him back to life in this way.

Q. If you hadn’t written for the Third Doctor, which other classic incarnation would you have liked to have revisited and why?
A. I’m very fond of the Fourth Doctor, although when he first took over from Jon Pertwee, I was more than a little hostile. Then I was drawn in by Tom Baker’s personality, which was so different to the Doctor’s previous incarnation. I’d like to write him a story too, just to redress the balance…

Q. What did you set out to achieve with your story?
A. My intention was to write something that would at the same time fit with the Doctor Who of the Pertwee years – the Seventies episodes had a unique vibe, which I wanted to try and recapture – and explore some part of the Doctor that had never been explored. In this case, it’s his changing attitude to mortality – his own, and that of others – and it makes for a quite contemplative story and quite a wistful, nostalgic mood.

Q. Finally have you got any upcoming projects you can tell us a little about?
A. I’m working on a book of new fairytales, to be illustrated by Charles Vess. As to the rest, just watch this space!

A huge thanks to Joanne for answering our questions. Don’t forget to download your copy of The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller which is out now priced £1.99.

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