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30 August 2011

Doctor Who Brand Manager, Edward Russell, is taking on a 160-mile walk from Cardiff to London to raise money for Meadow House Hospice, in memory of Elisabeth Sladen, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Below is what Edward had to say about the task:

"I am going to walk 160 miles from Cardiff to London!

I'm walking in order to raise money for Meadow House Hospice. This NHS-funded facility recently cared for Elisabeth Sladen, known to many of you as Sarah Jane Smith from the TV series Doctor Who.

Like many of her fans and friends, I was deeply saddened by Lis' death in April 2011 and I hope to raise as much money as possible for this wonderful cause. More details and a target sum are to follow.

Starting on Saturday 3 September, I will walk from the BBC's Upper Boat studios in Cardiff (where SJA was filmed), aiming to arrive at the BBC Television Centre (where Lis first filmed Doctor Who) in London the following Friday. I will largely be following the National Cycling Route No. 4 - walking the equivellent of a marathan every day!

I'll be updating my training progress and adding words from colleagues and friends on my blog http://walkforlis.blogspot.com/.

Please dig deep and donate now, in memory of this fantastic lady."

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[Source: Edward Russell]

29 August 2011

DWO's popular iWho Doctor Who App is reviewed in the latest issue of Apps Magazine (Issue #10).

Apps Magazine gave iWho a 3/5 rating, and had the following to say about the app:

"it's simply rammed with regularly updated information; in fact, there's definitely a hint of Time Lord technology in the make-up of the app, perhaps explaining how so many Who-related topics can be contained in an iPhone app. 

The feeds are constantly buzzing through, and the contributors get some impressive access to cast and crew to bring exclusive interviews to the fore. If you are happy to swap visual panache for quality and bulk of content, then iWho definitely delivers. An insightful and info-packed app for Who fanatics"

Despite the app only being a couple of months old, it has already achieved over 5000 downloads in both the Apple App Store and the Android Market.

Available for just £1.49, iWho keeps fans up to date with all the latest Doctor Who News and Reviews in the Doctor Who and Torchwood worlds, as well as offering podcasts, DVD guides, Tweets and more!

Do you have iWho? Please Rate / Review the app for us in the App Stores. Your reviews help to get the app noticed by even more Doctor Who fans!

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[Source: Apps Magazine]

29 August 2011

DWO is featured in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (Issue #438) in their 'Another 40 people every Doctor Who fan should follow on Twitter' feature.

Under the 'Top Fans' section you will find our logo and stats, as well as an example of a typical tweet you can expect from our @DrWhoOnline twitter account.

The DWO twitter account has one of the largest Doctor Who followings on Twitter with over 27,000+ followers. We regularly run competitions for our followers and post the latest news updates and features.

What else is inside Issue #438 of Doctor Who Magazine?

Doctor Who is back on TV for a brand new series! DWM catches up with its stars, Matt Smith (the Doctor) and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and asks, what do they think about the controversial title of the first episode, Let’s Kill Hitler? 

Matt cracks up. “It’s Steven [Moffat, writer of Let’s Kill Hitler] being brilliant and mischievous. Also, it’s a direct reference to a line in the episode...”

“Pretty intense laughter from me, too,” confirms Karen Gillan, who plays Amy Pond, “when Steven told us. It’s just the best title ever… We were, like, ‘Amazing.’ I just love it, because it sounds a little bit controversial. But the subject matter is tackled really well in the episode...”

“Hitler was through and through, appallingly, disgustingly evil,” points out Steven Moffat. “Hitler would be deeply pissed off to know that we treated him as a minor comic character in an episode of Doctor Who. But actually the Hitler story is a bit of a red herring. It’s actually a blatant continuation of A Good Man Goes to War...”

THINGS TO COME

DWM previews the first four stories of the season – LET’S KILL HITLER, NIGHT TERRORS, THE GIRL WHO WAITED and THE GOD COMPLEX – and talks to stars MATT SMITH, KAREN GILLAN and ALEX KINGSTON (River Song) as well as all the writers: STEVEN MOFFAT, MARK GATISS, TOM MacRAE and TOBY WHITHOUSE. With never-before-seen photographs and candid insights into each episode, prepare to have your appetite well and truly whetted! 

TOUGH CROWD

Doctor Who’s showrunner STEVEN MOFFAT faces his toughest crowd, in what his wife describes as ‘the best interview he’s ever given’, in PRODUCTION NOTES.

HERR TODAY

Actor ALBERT WELLING is interrogated by DWM about his role in Doctor Who as the (second) greatest war criminal in history – Adolf Hitler.

LOOK, WHO’S TALKING?

DWM tries to get a word in edgeways as MATT SMITH and the guest star in The God Complex, DAVID WALLIAMS, interview each other!

MIRACLE WORKERS

Writer JANE ESPENSON, TOM PRICE (Sgt Andy Davidson) and BILL PULLMAN (convicted killer Oswald Danes) talk exclusively to DWM about their role in the spectacular new spin-off from Doctor Who, TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY. 

PERFECT DAY

The classic 1972 story Day of the Daleks just got better! DWM finds out how a Special Edition of this classic 1972 Third Doctor story was created for its much-anticipated DVD release, and talks to the men responsible: producer STEVE BROSTER, audio expert MARK AYRES and the voice of the Daleks, NICHOLAS BRIGGS. 

MONSTER INVASION

DWM takes a nostalgic look back at the 1972 season of Doctor Who – a series that saw the Third Doctor face the Sea Devils, the Ice Warriors and the dreaded Daleks – as our COUNTDOWN TO 50 continues.

A NEW DIRECTION

The Doctor is dead, the world is in turmoil and only Donna Noble can save the Earth! THE FACT OF FICTION looks back to the acclaimed 2008 adventure TURN LEFT and uncovers the many secrets hidden within the story.

TWEET, TWEET!

Want to know what the Sixth Doctor is doing right now? Or fancy reading what the writers of Doctor Who are thinking about today? Then you need Twitter! DWM proudly presents an invaluable guide to the Doctor Who people you should follow in 2011. 

KIDS THESE DAYS…

It’s been the subject of much heated debate: have fans today never had it so good? Or were things more fun in the ‘good old days’, before Doctor Who became so easily accessible? JOHNNY CANDON and TOBY HADOKE argue the pros and cons of the case in A BATTLE OF WITS!

MUM’S THE WORD

It was Steven Moffat’s first script for Doctor Who, and introduced the character of Captain Jack Harkness. But what will THE TIME TEAM make of the 2005 Ninth Doctor and Rose adventure, THE EMPTY CHILD/THE DOCTOR DANCES…?

THE IMPOSSIBLE CHRONONAUT

The Doctor and Amy pursue the impossible girl, Chiyoko, through time and space – and get a nasty surprise when then catch up with her – in the first part of a brand new comic strip adventure, THE CHILD OF TIME, by JONATHAN MORRIS with art by MARTIN GERAGHTY.

WHO’S ROUND?

The mysterious Watcher discusses the Doctor’s drinking, challenges readers with the Six Faces of Delusion and celebrates another unsung hero from the supporting cast in WOTCHA!

PLUS! All the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more!

It’s the essential companion to the new series of Doctor Who – Doctor Who Magazine 438, out Thursday 25th August, just £4.50 from all good newsagents and supermarkets.

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[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

28 August 2011

The overnight viewing figures are in for 6.8: Let's Kill Hitler.

The episode achieved a figure of 6.2m viewers, with an audience share of 28.7%, and Doctor Who was the second most-watched programme for Saturday:

Top Overnights - Saturday 27th August:

1 - 10.6 - (42.8%) - The X Factor - 20:00 - ITV 1

2 - 6.2 - (28.7%) - Doctor Who - 19:15 - BBC One

Final BARB ratings will be available within the next 10 days.

+  What did you think of the episode? Rate / Discuss in the DWO Forums!

[Source: Andy Parish]

28 August 2011

Forbidden Planet have teamed up with Character Options for another Exclusive Doctor Who Toy.

The City of Death Set features The Fourth Doctor and with Count Scarleoni (as seen in the Classic Series adventure City of Death).

The Fourth Doctor and Romana II are in Paris investigating a fracture in time. During a visit to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa, the Doctor purloins from a stranger, Countess Scarlioni, a bracelet that is actually an alien scanner device. The trail leads to the home of Count Scarlioni, who is selling duplicate Mona Lisas to fund time experiments - all originals! 

The Count is revealed as an alien called Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth race. He was splintered in time when his ship exploded above primeval Earth. His intention is to go back in time to prevent the destruction of his ship. 

Realising that the Jagaroth spaceship exploding started life on Earth, the Doctor and Romana race back in time to stop the Count's plan. 

Contents:

-  Count Scarleoni Figure with Scaroth Head

-  Pistol Accessory (not shown)

-  Painting Accessory (not shown)

-  Fourth Doctor with Sonic Screwdriver Accessory

+  The City of Death Set is released on 19th October 2011, priced £26.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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28 August 2011

Former Doctor Who star Billie Piper is to star in BBC Three’s new sitcom Tom and Jenny.

The show follows a feuding couple who split-up but remain living in the same house together.

Directed by Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners Movie), the series is written by Lee Hupfield, producer / co-writer of The Kevin Bishop Show and Star Stories.

Other shows heading to BBC Three include coming of age comedy Pramface, Life Story starring Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, plus a new series of White Van Man starring Will Mellor and Doctor Who star, Georgia Moffett.

[Source: BBC Three]

26 August 2011

Our friends over at the Doctor Who Appreciation Society have been in touch with details of a fantastic Signed DVD offer for the upcoming release of Day of the Daleks.

The free-to-enter launch event for this new DVD on 4th September has been full for some time. However, if you could not get a ticket, or could not make the event, you can pre-order a copy of the DVD signed by guests Katy Manning and Richard Franklin.

There is no extra charge for the signed copy which should be delivered for the release date (currently 12th September). 

To order a signed DVD (by post or online) and for more more information about the screening and the DVD release itself, please visit the Doctor Who Appreciation Society at www.dwasonline.co.uk and choose the ‘Day of the Daleks’ link. This offer is open to everyone. 

[Source: DWAS]

26 August 2011

Radio Times have printed Steven Moffat's guide to the rest of Series 6, complete with all episode titles.

Episode 8: Let's Kill Hitler

Written by Steven Moffat

Amy and Rory have waited a long time for news of their daughter. Too long. But when they summon The Doctor, the consequence will change all their lives. The TARDIS crashes into Belin in the 1930's and they find themselves face to face not only with Hitler, but with a unique assassin from the distant future - and that's only the beginning. In the Fuhrer's office, at the heart of the Third Reich, The Doctor is in for one of the biggest shocks of his very long life...

Episode 9: Night Terrors

Written by Mark Gatiss

Horror in Doctor Who comes in many forms and many places, and a cry of distress reaches the TARDIS from the darkest and scariest place in universe. But where is it exactly? This story began with Mark Gatiss and me chatting on the set of Sherlock. "I'd like to do scary," he said. "Do you know where the scariest place in the universe is?" I've known Mark for a while. If he's decided to tell me where the scariest place in the universe is, I'd better listen. "Where?" I quavered from behind my rapid-deployment Doctor Who fear sofa. "A child's bedroom" he answered.

Parents of Britain - sorry, and good luck!

Episode 10: The Girl Who Waited

Written by Tom MacRae

Time Travel is more than just an element of Doctor Who - it's one of the main characters. I'm going to boast now and say that Tom MacRae's stylish and moving script is one of the best uses of time travel in any story anywhere - mind-blowing and heart-breaking in every twist and turn. The Doctor has been in Amy and Rory's life for a long while now - far longer than he ever intended. What if something were to go wrong?

When they step from the TARDIS into a strange white waiting room, they're all about to learn just how wrong time travel can go...

Episode 11: The God Complex

Written by Toby Whithouse

The brief to brilliant writer Toby Whithouse was just this - a hotel: make a hotel scary. All those corridors, all those identical rooms, those bleak and soulless bars and waiting rooms, that tinkling musak - surely all that was made for Doctor Who, where the scariest things of all come bleeding through the ordinary world.

If you've seen Toby's wonderful Being human, you've probably already decided he's a sick and twisted man. Doctor Who is delighted to confirm this simple truth for a BBC1 audience. (Oh, and do you have a ventriloquist dummy lurking somewhere in your house? Just asking, no reason...).

Episode 12: Closing Time

Written by Gareth Roberts

The Lodger was a surprise hit of last year's Doctor Who. It was a simple tale of a barmy Time Lord in a flatshare with a nice man called Craig. Except when you say one them's Matt Smith and the other is James Corden, then frankly you've got enough going on for a whole other series. I leapt at the chance of a sequel and writer Gareth Roberts leapt at the chance to take up his story again.

Events have moved on in Craig's life when The Doctor turns up on his doorstep for a second time; there's a terrible alien threat, of course, but never mind that - dear God, there's a BABY!

Episode 13: The Wedding of River Song

Written by Steven Moffat

"I don't want to marry you."

"I don't want to murder you."

And here it is at last - the episode with all the answers, as The Doctor journeys to Lake Silencio for his date with destiny. While I was writing this, my wife asked me, "What happens?" and when I frownedm and pondered my answer, she hurriedly added, "In one sentence. Quite a short one." I thought a moment and said, "The Doctor goes to his certain death - and it doesn't work out as well as he'd expected."

So welcome to what is, without doubt or serious competition, the wedding of the year! Wary reports indicate that it could make On Her Majesty's Secret Service look like a fairly successful honeymoon...

+ Buy this issue of Radio Times from CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: Radio Times]

26 August 2011

DWO have seen 6.8: Let's Kill Hitler and have put our spoiler-free preview together:

It's been a nail-biting twelve weeks since we last saw new adventures of Doctor Who, and who could forget that jaw-droppingly awesome cliffhanger!? 

Let's Kill Hitler picks things up some time after the events of A Good Man Goes to War, with Amy and Rory trying to get The Doctor's attention, in a great situation reversal to the Series 6 season opener.

The Doctor is still looking for Melody Pond as all three of the TARDIS team get ready for the shock of their lives…in a corn field!!!

The episode feels quite filmic in places, and there's some fantastic direction that helps make use of the comedic scenes to full effect. The Doctor, Amy and Rory, (or rather Matt, Karen and Arthur) work so well together, and their unit makes for one of the best TARDIS crew combinations that the show has ever seen.

Those of you expecting the story to be an all-out World War II extravaganza, may be a little disappointed. Sure we get Hitler, and some great scenes involving Germany on the brink of War, but the real focus of this episode is River Song.

We get even more pay-off for the arc that has spanned the past couple of seasons, with a few more questions raised, which will hopefully be answered before the end of Series 6.

With another episode due from the show runner himself this season, Steven Moffat is showing no signs of tiring with either his cleverly imaginative story-writing or his love for the characters he has created.

Expect some new characters too. Mels, played by Nina Toussaint-White, shines in all of her scenes, which lift the lid on some clever background information from Amy and Rory's past, present and future. We also get to see a new organisation within the show, in the form of 'The Justice Department' - without giving too much away, you can't help feeling this is a new element to watch with great interest.

A final point worthy of note in this story is composer Murray Gold who provides a tremendous score for Let's Kill Hitler, which helps round off one of the strongest episodes in the season so far.

Five things to look out for...

1) A clever use for crop circles.

2) "Shut up ___, I'm focusing on a dress size"

3) "Guilt. Also Guilt. More Guilt"

4) A Sherlock-esque scene involving River and The Doctor.

5) We get to see the return of a certain blue diary.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

3 August 2011

DWO have teamed up with Empire Big Screen to offer our visitors a chance to win tickets to David Tennant's new movie premiere!

The most exciting movie event the UK has seen, Empire Big Screen is coming to the O2 on August 12th–14th.

Featuring world first film previews, premieres, live entertainment, masterclasses with industry legends and much much more, this live movie extravaganza is perfect for young and old alike!

And to celebrate the most anticipated film event of the summer, Doctor Who Online is offering 2 lucky winners the chance to each take a friend to the premiere of David Tenannt's new blockbuster film Fright Night on Sunday 14th August!

All you have to do to enter is be a follower of the Doctor Who Online Twitter account, and send us a tweet making sure you include the hashtag #DWOBigScreenComp to be in with a chance of winning!

DWO will announce the winner on Saturday 6th August 2011 at 6:00pm.

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[Sourcea: DWO; Empire Big Screen]

3 August 2011

The DWO WhoCast is proud to announce the re-launch of our DWO TorchCast podcast.

Regular listeners will remember we trialed the spin-off show back in 2007, but now, with a totally new dedicated team, we are thrilled to confirm the podcast will be a permanent show running side by side with the DWO WhoCast podcast. Join your hosts Mark James and Phil Edwards as they explore the world of Torchwood each week.

Even better news is that the show, which will continue even after Miracle Day has aired, now has its own separate feed, which you can bookmark here: http://dwotorchcast.libsyn.com/rss.

+ Subscribe to the DWO TorchCast via iTunes.

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[Source: DWO]

3 August 2011

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD release of Colony in Space.

Colony in Space

Featuring: Jon Pertwee as The 3rd Doctor

The Time Lords discover that the Master has stolen their secret file on the Doomsday Weapon and decide to send the Doctor to retrieve it for them.

The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Jo to the desolate planet Uxarieus in the year 2472. There they become involved in a dispute between some beleaguered colonists and the crew of an Interplanetary Mining Corporation (IMC) spaceship over the ownership rights to the planet. 

The Doctor learns that the indigenous Primitives and their High Priests worship a large machine tended by a creature called the Guardian. 

Special Features:

•  Commentaries with cast and crew

•  Documentaries 

•  Photo Gallery

•  Coming Soon Trailer

•  PDF Material & Production Information Subtitles

•  Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

+  Colony in Space is released on 3rd October 2011, priced £20.42.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

3 August 2011

AudioGO have sent DWO the cover and details for the forthcoming Doctor Who CD release of Blackout.

It's November 9th, 1965. New York City is plunged into darkness, a taxi driver has bad dreams, and an invisible spacecraft hovers ominously above the skyline.

As an extra-terrestrial disease sweeps the populace, Amy and Rory must sabotage the city's water supply to slow the spread of infection, and a dying Doctor holds another man's life in his hands.

With death toll rising, and his companions stalked through the streets by alien businessmen, the Doctor is forced to make a terrible decision. How far must he go to save his friends?

This title is read by Stuart Milligan.

+  Blackout is released on 8th September 2011, priced £10.20.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: AudioGO]

26 July 2011

Forbidden Planet have teamed up with Character Options for another Exclusive Doctor Who Toy.

The River Song Pandorica Set features River Song (complete with gun accessory) with the Pandorica Chair (as seen in 5.12: The Pandorica Opens & 5.13: The Big Bang).

Of all the people who have travelled or will travel with the Doctor, River Song is the most enigmatic of them all. She always seems to be one step ahead of the Doctor, even when he’s in her past. Nobody has been able to figure out how River knows the Doctor so well, although there have been plenty of guesses! Although River is a force to be reckoned with, she sometimes needs the Doctor’s help – whether it’s against the Vashta Nerada or the Weeping Angels, or any of the other foes they have faced, or even will face in future. Confused? It will all become clear... one day...

Legend has it that the Pandorica is a prison, a cage to contain the most feared warrior in the universe. But it’s all a lie – the Pandorica is a box created to contain just one person – the Doctor. When his TARDIS exploded, all parts of time and space were wiped out, never having existed. The massed armies of all the Doctor’s foes – Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans and others banded together and created the legends of the Pandorica, and then locked him inside it. But the Pandorica energy was a restorative, it could bring things back to life, and the Doctor piloted the Pandorica into the heart of his exploding TARDIS and set off Big Bang 2, rebooting the entire universe.

+  The River Song Pandorica Set is released on 22nd August 2011, priced £22.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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25 July 2011

The BBC America Doctor Who website have added a new promotional picture for the second half of Series 6.

The image, which features The Doctor in a brand new coat, appears to have an Egyptian feel, and also fetures River Song, Amy and Rory.

+  Series 6: Part 2 begins on Saturday 27th August on BBC One & BBC America.

[Source: BBC America Doctor Who website]

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