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5 May 2011

BBC Magazines has today launched the Doctor Who Monster Invasion Magazine Trading Card partwork.

Start collecting the awesome new Doctor Who Monster Invasion and build up a mega-monster magazine and cool trading card collection.

Every issue comes with a pack of nine trading cards and is bursting with cool alien facts, monster slamdowns and puzzles! Learn how to play brilliant games with your cards and how to use them on the Doctor Who Monster Invasion website, to bring your 3-D cards to life and unlock brilliant game bonuses!

This new partwork launches today, so order now and be one of the first to receive it! PLUS receive a FREE TARDIS box with issues 2&3.

+  Subscribe now via the Doctor Who Monster Invasion website.

+  Fill in the blanks with your collection at CompareTheDalek.com.

+  Discuss the Monster Invasion Trading Card series in the DWO Forums.

[Source: BBC Magazines]

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3 May 2011

it was bound to happen sooner or later...At last you can now play Doctor Who Monopoly.

The board game, which is limited to just 5000 sets, features all your favourite heroes, villains, monsters, planets and places from the worlds of Doctor Who.

The game will be available to buy from 31st August 2011, priced £29.99, but our friends at Forbidden Planet are currently offering it for the discounted price of just £26.99.

+  Preorder Doctor Who Monopoly for just £26.99 from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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1 May 2011

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

The 4th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver is an electronic version of the Fourth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver with 2 sounds and spring loaded sound activation.

The Sonic Screwdriver is a versatile tool and defensive device first used by the Doctor in his second incarnation for opening up hatches, panels and controls. 

Later uses included cutting through wall sections and even as a conventional screwdriver.  During the Fourth Doctor's reign, he remade yet another similar style of Sonic Screwdriver but with many more features and functions including micro soldering of circuitry, cutting wires and bulkheads and even detonating Dalek explosives.

+  The 4th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver is Out Now, priced £19.99.

+  Buy Now from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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1 May 2011

The final BARB viewing figures are in for 6.1: The Impossible Astronaut.

The episode achieved a final figure of 8.86m viewers, with an audience share of 43.3%.

This is the biggest ever time shift for Doctor Who, and one of the biggest ever for BBC One with a +2.4 Million shift.

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

[Source: Andy Parish]

1 May 2011

The overnight viewing figures are in for 6.2: Day of the Moon.

The episode achieved a figure of 5.4m viewers, with an audience share of 30.5%.

Doctor Who was the second most-watched programme for Saturday, with Britain's Got Talent taking the top slot with 9.5m viewers.

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 April 2011

The BBC Doctor Who website have uploaded a teaser to their prequel for Episode 3 of Series 6.

The teaser offers a short 30-second insight into the full prequel which will air after 6.2: Day of the Moon, exclusively on the BBC Doctor who website at 6:45pm.

You can view the teaser video below:

+  6.3: The Curse of the Black Spot airs on Saturday 7th May 2011 at 6:15pm on BBC One.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

28 April 2011

The BBC Doctor Who website have added The Game of Rassilon to their Games section.

Legends tell of a Time Lord challenge that would test the guile, intelligence and fortune of those brave enough to step forward. The challenge was known as The Game of Rassilon.

The Time Lords may be near to extinction and Gallifrey consigned to history, but after centuries in abeyance the game will be soon be resurrected…

This is not an Adventure Game but a series of games that test your knowledge of Doctor Who. Featuring clips, images, exclusive new footage with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill plus other members of the cast and crew, the games are not to be taken lightly. You'll be able to challenge your friends or take the test in solitude.

For centuries the mighty Time Lords played The Game of Rassilon. Now it is your turn...

+  Play The Game of Rassilon.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

28 April 2011

DWO have seen 6.2: Day of the Moon and have put our spoiler-free preview together:

It's been 7 days and the nail biting can finally end as the resolution to last week's cliffhanger is finally here…

6.2: Day of the Moon, doesn't immediately pick up from where last week left off, however. The final moments of the previous story are revisited in a fragmented form which feels more like a stylistic resolution than what we have come to accept from traditional cliffhangers.

We're also treated to one of the longest pre-title sequences in the show's history - over 6 and a half minutes in total!

As with our previous preview, it's an incredibly difficult episode to describe without giving too much away, but we can tell you that it's set 3 months after the events in The Impossible Astronaut, there's another prison with The Doctor's name on it and there are more shocks here than the previous episode.

Day of the Moon actually feels a little more complex than The Impossible Astronaut, even with a couple of answers to some niggling questions (no, not THAT question…yet) - your brain will literally hurt after the 45 minutes are up.

Moffat displays once more just how talented he is on every level, delivering a story that takes the show to new exciting levels and possibilities.

But the cherry on this proverbial cake of an episode comes in the final minute - in a scene that will have you screaming through your television set in a way that makes Maureen Lipman's portrayal of 'The Wire' look diluted.

May the nail biting begin…AGAIN!

Rating: 8/10

Five things to look out for...

1) Rory's addiction to a little red light.

2) A certain picture in a frame.

3) 2 body bags filled with people The Doctor cares about.

4) River makes a splash!

5) Video Phone.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

27 April 2011

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD box-set release of EarthStory.

The Gunfighters

Take a trip to the Wild West in The Gunfighters, when the TARDIS arrives in Tombstone, Arizona in 1881. The Doctor, suffering from toothache, seeks out the local dentist - the notorious Doc Holliday.

Tensions are running high between the feuding Clanton family and Doc Holliday, whilst the local lawman, Wyatt Earp, struggles to keep the peace. When legendary gunman Johnny Ringo comes to town, events start to escalate. 

Can the Doctor, Steven and Do do do anything to stop the situation getting any worse? Or will there be a gunfight at the OK Corral?

Special Features:

• Commentary - with actors Peter Purves, Shane Rimmer, David Graham and Richard Beale, production assistant Tristan de Vere Cole and moderator Toby Hadoke.

• The End of the Line – After two years on the screen, Doctor Who had become a television phenomenon, regularly reaching an audience of ten million viewers. But with a change of producer and script editor and the looming prospect of losing the lead actor, the programme’s third year was the one that would make or break it… With actors Maureen O’Brien, Anneke Wills and Peter Purves, script editor Donald Tosh, new series writer Gareth Roberts and long time Doctor Who viewer Ian Levine.

• Tomorrow’s Times – The First Doctor – looking at the newspaper coverage of Doctor Who during the programme’s opening years. Presented by Mary Tamm.

• Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story, set to the entirety of ‘The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon’.

• Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.

• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.

• Programme subtitles.

• Subtitle Production Notes.

The Awakening

The TARDIS has brought the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough to the picture postcard English village of Little Hodcome. Tegan has come to visit her grandfather - well known local historian Andrew Verny - but he seems to be missing.

The residents of Little Hodcombe, led by the obsessive Sir George Hutchinson, are playing a vicious war game - an exact recreation of a battle of the English Civil War fought there in 1643.

As each of the TARDIS crew witnesses a terrifying apparition from the past, the Doctor realises that he faces a far greater menace than the unstable Hutchinson. An ancient and alien force for evil is at work - one which will glory in the slaughter of them all...

Special Features:

• Commentary - with actor Michael Owen Morris and script editor Eric Saward, moderated by Toby Hadoke.

• Return to Little Hodcombe – Director Michael Owen, actors Janet Fielding and Keith Jayne and script editor Eric Saward return to the three villages that played host to the locations for ‘The Awakening’, and along with locals they reminisce about a memorable shoot…

• Making the Malus – visual effects designer Tony Harding and modelmaker Richard Gregory are reunited with the Malus prop they built for the story. Current owner Paul Burrows is on hand to describe the reality of living with a giant stone monster on the lounge wall…

• Now & Then – the latest in the ongoing series visits the villages of Martin, Shapwick and Tarrant Monkton to compare the locations used in the story with how they appear today.

• From the Cutting Room Floor – extended and deleted scenes from a timecoded VHS of the original edit and unedited film sequences, plus location action from the film rushes.

• The Golden Egg Awards – the inadvertent destruction of a prop lychgate by a horse was the winner of The Late Late Breakfast Show’s Golden Egg Award. Peter Davison is on hand to collect the trophy from host Noel Edmonds.

• Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story.

• Isolated Music – option to view the story with the isolated music score.

• Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.

• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.

• Programme subtitles.

• Subtitle Production Notes.

+  The EarthStory Box-set is released on 20th June 2011, priced £30.63.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

27 April 2011

It is with deepest regret that DWO announces the passing of Classic Doctor Who Actress, Yolande Palfrey.

Yolande was perhaps best known to Doctor Who fans for her role as Janet in The Sixth Doctor Trial of A Time Lord adventure; Terror of the Vervoids.

DWO would like to extend our sympathies to Yolande's family and friends.

[Source: Neil Marsh]

27 April 2011

BBC4 will be paying tribute to Elisabeth Sladen by airing the Classic Series story; The Hand of Fear.

The adventure, which features Sladen's last regular appearance as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who, will air in two parts on Monday 9th May and Tuesday 10th May 2011.

+  The Hand of Fear was originally broadcast between 2nd-23rd October 1976.

[Source: Radio Times]

27 April 2011

Doctor Who star, Matt Smith has been nominated as Best Actor in this years BAFTA Awards for his role in Doctor Who.

It is to be noted that this is the first time an actor who has played The Doctor, has ever been nominated in the role, and will be going head-to-head with Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch.

Other Doctor Who related personalities to receive BAFTA nominations include:

Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss - Best Drama Series - Sherlock

Toby Whithouse - Best Drama Series - Being Human

Anna Maxwell-Martin - Best Actress - Red Riding

Lynda Baron - Best Supporting Actress - Coronation Street

Stephen Fry - Best Entertainment Performance - QI

+  The awards take place on Sunday 22nd May 2011.

[Source: Neil Marsh]

24 April 2011

The overnight viewing figures are in for 6.1: The Impossible Astronaut.

The episode achieved a figure of 6.5m viewers, with an audience share of 36.7%.

Doctor Who was the second most-watched programme of Easter Saturday, with Britain's Got Talent taking the top slot with 9.5m viewers.

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]

23 April 2011

The DWO WhoCast Doctor Who Podcast is covering the New Series as soon as it airs each week.

The podcast, which is available weekly for FREE from iTunes and the DWO WhoCast website , will be moving to Saturday evenings whilst Series Six airs, and immediately after each episode has finished, you can find the latest episode of the DWO WhoCast online, with a review of the most recent adventure.

So at 6:45pm Tonight you will find Episode #190 available for download with our review of 6.1: The Impossible Astronaut.

** Don't forget to Rate / Discuss each episode of the DWO WhoCast in the DWO Forums!

+ Subscribe to the DWO WhoCast via iTunes.

+ Download the iWho App for just £1.19, complete with DWO WhoCast Episodes!

[Source: DWO]

22 April 2011

Tom Baker's Big Finish debut is underway!

Recording commenced at 10am on Friday 22nd April on Big Finish’s The Fourth Doctor Adventures, starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson.

The first six-part audio series debuts on CD and download in January 2012, and pre-orders are already available at www.bigfinish.com.

Big Finish have sent DWO a photo [pictured right] showing Tom and Louise enjoying the Easter sun before recording commenced with Scene 2, INT TARDIS with the Doctor and Leela.

(And yes, it’s the wooden console room...)

[Source: Big Finish]

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