A brand new issue of Doctor Who Magazine has been released this week to help you get through your January blues.
Inside #508, cast and crew alike, including Katy Manning and Mark Gatiss, share their thoughts on Doctor Who’s “grooviest” decade as they take a trip in the TARDIS back to the 1970s to commemorate the Third Doctor’s era.
Plus, the latest Series 10 news, reviews, competitions and a free Doctor Who & the Daleks comic book. It’s on sale now, at the usual price of £5.99.
Today, 23rd November, is a particularly poignant date in the calendar of a Doctor Who fanatic, as it marks the official anniversary of their favourite show!
Doctor Who first aired on this day 53 years ago as the landscape of television changed forever when William Hartnell introduced the nation to a mysterious Time Lord called the Doctor in An Unearthly Child. Over half a century later (time certainly flies when you’re having fun!), Whovians are eagerly anticipating his return in the Christmas Special next month, which quite simply can’t come soon enough.
So, Doctor Who, a very Happy Birthday to you, and a sincere thank you from us for all the memories thus far. You are, quite literally, out of this world. It’s been the trip of a lifetime.
A brand new audio adventure exploring one of the biggest ‘What Ifs…?’ in Doctor Who history will be released to coincide with the show’s 53rd anniversary later this week.
Ken Campbell was the Time Lord who almost was when he lost out to Sylvester McCoy for the role of the Seventh Doctor back in the 80s, but here the actor finally claims the helm of time and space in an original, fan-made episode, written by long-time fan Tom Calderbank, that introduces a brand new companion, a new villain and the TARDIS’ elusive Eternity Room…
The Lost Doctor will premiere online for free on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 and we’ll let you know where you can listen to it on the day. In the meantime, please help to spread the word about a truly unique Doctor Who fan project which brings Ken Campbell’s eccentric incarnation-that-could-have-been to life. There’s always room for another Doctor!
Join the conversation on Twitter and across social media with the hashtag #TheLostDoctor.
A brand new Doctor Who Magazine materialised this week and its cover star is none other than Patrick Troughton himself as the issue celebrates 50 years of everybody’s favourite cosmic hobo, the Second Doctor.
Patrick’s first full-length serial, The Power of the Daleks (which, coincidentally, has just been released as an animation), aired half a century ago this month, so it’s as good a time as any to look back on an historic era that went on to change everything viewers thought they knew about TV’s beloved Time Lord.
Firstly, the fifth episode is written by Jamie Mathieson - whose previous timey-wimey credits include Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline and The Girl Who Died – and will guest star Kieran Bew, Justin Salinger, Peter Caulfield, Mimi Ndiweni and Karen Brayben. The Doctor will get a blast from the past in Ep 9, meanwhile, as Classic Series writer Rona Munro returns with a brand new adventure.
Rona, whose involvement in the new series was recently teased by Steven Moffat, wrote the iconic Seventh Doctor serial Survival which was the last story aired as part of the show’s original 26-year run following its cancellation back in 1989. Her Series 10 episode will guest star Rebecca Benson, Daniel Kerr, Juwon Adedokun, Brian Vernel, Ben Hunter, Aaron Phagura, Sam Adewunmi and Billy Matthews. What do you think of these updates?
Eric Saward, who worked as a script editor on the series in the 1980s, will be taking part in a Q&A on Monday 28th November 2016. As is common knowledge, this particular era of the show was turbulent to say the least, and Eric will be on hand to answer audience questions and share his personal experiences of working on the series in the lead up to its historic cancellation in 1989.
Tickets for the event, priced £7, can be purchased here. Let us know if you’ll be attending!
The artwork for the upcoming release of The Power of the Daleks has been revealed.
As we previously reported, the classic, and missing, 6-part Second Doctor serial has been turned into a full-length animation using its surviving stills and audio recordings. It will be available to buy on the BBC Store this Saturday, its 50th anniversary, before being released on DVD on Monday 21st November. The DVD includes a host of exclusive extras including alternative soundtracks, test footage, commentaries and clips from the surviving footage.
It’s the eve of Halloween which means that our mission to discover the scariest moment in Doctor Who history is almost complete!
There’s still one vital step to go until we can reveal the all-important results, however, and that’s the final vote off which will determine which spine-chilling scene still possesses the power to send you screaming behind the sofa (or hiding behind your cushion, depending on how lazy you are). Thanks to everyone for all your suggestions, the most popular of which we’ve compiled into a poll below.
Cast your votes and the results will be revealed this week. Things are gonna get spooky…
This poll is now closed. Thanks to everybody who voted!
The Power of the Daleks will be making its way to US cinemas next month, it has been confirmed.
Ahead of its televisual debut on BBC America, the previously announced animated version of the missing Second Doctor story will be premiered on big screens for one night only on Monday 14th November 2016. The event will include all 6 parts of the adventure, which originally aired 50 years ago, as well as exclusive content including interviews with the original cast. Tickets will go on sale at Fathom Events this Friday at 10am ET.
If you’re in the UK, the serial will be available to download from the BBC Store on Saturday 5th November, while American fans who miss out on the cinema screenings will be able to enjoy it in all its glory when it airs on BBC America on Saturday 19th November. Check out the teaser in the player below, and be sure to share your anticipation in the comments!
Just when you thought that the Doctor couldn’t possibly cross over into another franchise (seriously, how many more are left?!), the BBC have announced that next year he’ll be taking on the beloved world of Mr. Men!
Written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves, the son of the iconic range’s creator, these timey-wimey mash ups “combine the storytelling of Doctor Who with the whimsical humour and design of Roger Hargreaves”. The first four books – Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh and Dr. Twelfth – will be released in Spring 2017. We’re excited already.
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