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24 December 2010

It's Christmas Eve! And DWO have one final present for all our visitors before the big day. With all the Christmas shopping now done, and all the Christmas cards posted, it leaves just enough time to make a simple sweet treat, with a Doctor Who twist.

Join Seb as he attempts to follow his wife's recipe making some Dalek Sugar Cookies:

Let us know what you thought of the video, by rating and leaving your comments on the DWO YouTube Channel.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

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23 December 2010

BBC Three's Doctor Who Confidential and YouTube video blogger, Charlie McDonnell, have uploaded the third behind-the-scenes video, which looks at this years Doctor Who Christmas Special, A Christmas Carol.

The feature can be found behind the BBC Red Button on Digital TV packages, and on the BBC's YouTube Channel.

The third video, 'Charlie and the Christmas Lunch Bus' is now online and can be seen below:

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

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23 December 2010

As the big day approaches, we wanted to put together a final Christmas present to all our visitors. And so we present to you, our humble Christmas poem:

The Delight Before Christmas

by Sebastian J. Brook


'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land,


we wait for the TARDIS, all blue and so grand.


The shopping is finished - well, as much as we could,


Quick! Down to the pound shop, where Woolworths once stood!


A toy from last year at a bargainous price,


So what if it's plastic? It still looks quite nice!



It's a gift for my uncle, who lives far away,

in the constellation of Kasterborous, the planet Gallifrey!


It exists in a time loop, hard to get to, you see,


there's a Taxi that goes there, with a quite hefty fee.


Ill send it by Reindeer, with my old friend, Saint Nick,

he'll get there in time, with a neat little trick.


He'll slide down the chimney (Yes, they have them there too),

They have them on Skaro! (but ought really not to!).



But the hour gets late, and to home we must go,


through the crowds and carols, and the impending snow.


To a place by the fire, with the Quality Street,


or the Cadburys Roses, or anything sweet!


And then off to bed, where tomorrow we'll find,


a room full of presents, from people so kind.



Skip forward 6 hours, to quarter past three,


We're full up from Turkey, and all the debris.



But in two hours from now and 45 minutes,


we'll be sat all together, watching Doctor Who, innit!
 

The one with some Dickens, some singing and sharks,


it's written by Moffat, and will be full of such larks!


So we raise up a glass to all fans as we write,


Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!


[Source: Doctor Who Online]

 

22 December 2010

DWO caught up with YouTube video blog sensation and newly-appointed Doctor Who Confidential Reporter, Charlie McDonnell, regarding his latest projects, future prospects and his love for Doctor Who.

Some facts...You are the most subscribed YouTuber in the UK. You have over 70 Million video views. Youre in a band. You have your own album. And you've achieved all of this within the space of 3 years. At just 20 years old, you must be pretty proud of your fantastic achievements. Where would you like to be 3 years from now?

Well, first and foremost I'd definitely still like to be making videos for YouTube, though my style of video-making has changed a lot over the last three years so I don't really know what kind of stuff I'll be putting up in the future - I just know that I'll be doing it on YouTube! I love making stuff, so I have vague ambitions to work film and television in the future (whether that be in front of or behind of the camera) but only so long as I can have the kind of creative control that I'm used to getting on my YouTube channel. I've had free reign to do pretty much whatever I want recently because I've only had to answer to myself, so having decisions dictated to me my broadcasters and producers scares me a little, but it's still something that I'd love to try id I ever get the chance.

You're shortly going to be making a brief transition from YouTube to the BBC Red Button with a behind-the-scenes look at the 2010 Christmas Special. How did the opportunity come about, and what is it like having two of your passions rolled into one?

The videos are actually appearing on YouTube as well as the red button, so fortunately it's not too much of a transition for me! I n fact the whole red button thing happened very last minute and wasn't something I really thought about - I was just trying to make videos for the internet as I would normally, but within the Doctor Who theme. I also had members of the Confidential team to work with too, a cameraman and video editors, but I still directed everything in the same way that I would my normal YouTube videos, just with more people to help. Being able to combine two things that I love though, video-making and Doctor Who, has just been a joy, and a great learning experience too.

Doctor Who... Lets talk some more about that! We've seen some glimpses of Doctor Who in your YouTube videos, and we know youre a big fan. Lets get down to basics though Charlie; Favourite Episode (Classic and New), Favourite Doctor, Favourite Companion and Favourite Monster / Villain?

New Series: my favourite episode is "Blink", and has been since the moment it was aired, I can't get enough of it. I loved all of The Moff's episodes from the era before he was the Show-runner really, but I think I love Blink for the way it managed to tell such a brilliant, engaging and frightening story on such a small budget - it's something that, as a wannabe indie-filmaker, I really admire. I haven't seen much of the classic series, only a few of the best ones, and out of those I'd probably have to say "Genesis of The Daleks". I still don't have a favourite Doctor, I've never been able to pick one, Rory is by far my all time favourite companion. And for favourite monster, the Daleks. They never used to be, but I gained a real a appreciation for them and the Dalek operators when I learnt how to operate one myself during my time on set. There will hopefully be a video of that in the future, though not one of the ones building up to the christmas special.

Have you ever ventured along to any of the Doctor Who conventions, and do you collect any of the merchandise?

Unfortunately I can't say that I ever have been to a Doctor Who convention, I have a much firmer place in the YouTube community so, whenever I can go to conventions of any kind, they're usually related to something YouTubey. I do however have a few bits of merchandise sitting on desks, in cupboards, one in my bathroom, and a TARDIS T-Shirt sitting in my draw. I'm not really one to collect things like that, but apparently I haven't managed to help picking up Doctor Who kink-kacks...

If offered, would you ever like a part in Doctor Who, and have you ever considered an acting career?

For almost my entire life, my dream was to become some kind of actor, but that ambition was shattered a couple of years ago when I realised that, truly, I just wasn't very good at it. I'd love a part in Doctor Who just for the sheer thrill of being on the show, but I think the chances of me actually being on it are pretty slim, simply because, for whatever role I could fit into, they'd probably be able to find someone better to cast than me! Maybe I'll be an extra or something, but for the moment, hanging out behind the scenes will do :)

 Check Out more DWO interviews in the Interviews section of our Features area, here.

 Check Out the CharlieIsSoCoolLike YouTube Channel, here.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

22 December 2010

The fourth and final episode of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, Shadows of the Vashta Nerada, is now online.

Following on from the ending of third episode TARDIS, it features a plot surrounding a real-world conspiracy and is set in a seabed colony called Poseidon.

The game was initially due to be released on Christmas Day, but as an early treat, fans can now download the episode for both PC and Mac for free from the BBC Doctor Who website.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

 

22 December 2010

BBC Three's Doctor Who Confidential and YouTube video blogger, Charlie McDonnell, have uploaded the second behind-the-scenes video, which looks at this years Doctor Who Christmas Special, A Christmas Carol.

The feature can be found behind the BBC Red Button on Digital TV packages.

The second video, 'Charlie and the TARDIS' is now online and can be seen below:

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

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21 December 2010

Steven Moffat has ruled out a crossover between Doctor Who and Sherlock.

The writer told the New York Times that it would be "quite hard" for the show's central characters to collide.

"I think there are problems of doing that," he admitted. "Because then you would say that Sherlock Holmes lives in the same world as The Doctor, and there are Daleks and all sorts of things. If a Sherlock Holmes story depends on time travel being impossible, it's quite hard [to do it] if he's a personal friend of The Doctor's."

However, he admitted that fans of both shows have often enquired about the potential crossover.

"I think everyone who's passing me in the street is suggesting that at the moment," he revealed.

Moffat also confirmed that work has begun on the next three-part series of Sherlock. The second series of Sherlock is expected to air in Autumn 2011.

[Source: Digital Spy]

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21 December 2010

BBC Three's Doctor Who Confidential and YouTube video blogger, Charlie McDonnell, have teamed up to offer a behind-the-scenes look at this years Doctor Who Christmas Special, A Christmas Carol.

The feature can be found behind the BBC Red Button on Digital TV packages, and will offer Four videos in total, with one being released every day until Christmas Eve.

The first video, 'Charlie and the Runner' is now online and can be seen below:

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

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20 December 2010

Silva Screen Records have confirmed to DWO that a Soundtrack will be released for A Christmas Carol.

The soundtrack, which features music from the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special, will be released in February 2011, and will also feature Katherine Jenkins on a track titled 'Abigail's Song'.

The music is composed by Murray Gold and performed by the excellent BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Crouch End Festival Chorus.

The album will be released both physically (SILCD1360) and digitally (SILED1360).

[Source: Silva Screen Records]

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17 December 2010

The guys responsible for a new tongue-in-cheek, but affectionate Doctor Who Fanzine titled; Planet of the Ming Mongs, have got in touch with details on their new issue:

Ming mong (n.) [miŋ mơŋ] - An obsessive Doctor Who fan (usually disparaging)

Planet of the Ming Mongs is a new and/or exciting online fanzine, celebrating Doctor Who fandom in all its weird and sometimes disturbing glory. Bravely poking its nose into the live nest of Who fans, Planet of the Ming Mongs is a cornucopia of comedy, parody, art and articles virtually guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes.

Special features to look out for within POTMM include an exclusive interview with Doctor Who Magazine illustrator Ben Morris, comic strips by Jonathan This, Doctor Who facts with Garr and Suthers, "Oi, Spaceman!"'s first convention, and growing up hating Doctor Who with Tommi ‘The Tomlette’ Grey. Also, Tom Bradford explores some of fandom's more baffling myths surrounding Who mythology, and primary school teacher Rebecca Foster talks to us about the effect Doctor Who has had on the children in her class.

Plus, in a scoop more scandalous than Wikileaks, we feature some juicy and 100% not-made-up (honest) unpublished extracts from Russell T Davies and Ben Cook's email opus, The Writer's Tale.

But perhaps best of all, it’s completely free - or your money back.

Planet of the Ming Mongs is edited by Nicholas Blake and designed by Richard Kirby.

 Read the Planet of the Ming Mongs Fanzine, here.

[Source: Nicholas Blake]

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17 December 2010

Karen Gillan features in more ways than one in the current issue of ShortList Magazine, available online.

As well as an interview in which she discusses her career with a focus on Doctor Who, Karen also has a photo-shoot, with some images that are sure to warm the blood of even the coldest snowman this Christmas.

 Check Out Karen's Photo Shoot on ShortList!

[Source: Tom Cullen]

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17 December 2010

As a special Christmas present to all of our visitors at Doctor Who Online, we recently filmed a short documentary in Utah; USA, looking at potential alien landscapes for Doctor Who, as well as some of the states landmarks and places of interest.

Inspired by the recent news that the Series Six two-part opener would have scenes filmed in Utah, DWO flew out to the state in October of this year to put together the third in our series of who-inspired documentaries, presented by DWO Site Editor, Sebastian J. Brook, provided free of charge via our YouTube Channel.

After a week in the editing studio, we are now thrilled to present to you, The Sands of Time:

Let us know what you thought of the documentary, by rating the video and leaving your comments on the Channel.

 

 

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

16 December 2010

Forbidden Planet have teamed up with Character Options for another Exclusive Action Figure set.

The Resurrection of the Daleks Set features The 5th Doctor with Davros and two Daleks from Resurrection of the Daleks.

The TARDIS, with the Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Turlough on board, becomes caught in a time corridor. Once freed it materialises in London in 1984 near the exit of the corridor. Upon investigating warehouses nearby, the travellers stumble upon a trap set for them by the Daleks!

The Resurrection of the Daleks Set is released January 2011, priced £34.99.

 Buy Now from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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16 December 2010

The new Doctor Who mobile game from Tag Games BBC Games, The Mazes of Time, is now online.

The action / puzzle game can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for £2.39 (iPhone) or £2.99 (iPad), and allows you to play the roles of both The Doctor and Amy Pond.

DWO's Verdict

With so many games to choose from on the app store, many Doctor Who fans will quite rightly have a critical eye when it comes round to playing a game that's actually based on their favourite TV show. And with the BBC arriving in the app store a little late on the scene, you would think they might have missed the boat. Think again! Its clear with The Mazes of Time, that the BBC have been patiently waiting in the wings, plotting their move into the mobile gaming industry, and what a joy to behold it is!

From the crisp graphics, to the addictive gameplay, right through to the storyline, everything knits together to round off one of the best games we have ever played on the iPhone.

This is a game that will appeal to both new series and classic series fans, as one particular level sees The Doctor and Amy travel to the Ice Tombs of Telos - one of the many highlights that are worth the games price alone.

Rating: 5/5

 Download The Mazes of Time on iTunes.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

14 December 2010

DWO and CompareTheDalek.com have a very special offer for our visitors looking for a great stocking filler for Christmas.

Normally priced at £7.99, we are offering the Official 2011 Doctor Who Calendar featuring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and some of the great characters and monsters from Series Five, for just £5.

As well as the official calendar, we have the Official 2011 Doctor Who Mini Calendar for just £3, and the Official 2011 Doctor Who Pocket Diary for just £3.50!

As an extra special incentive, we are giving away a FREE 2011 Pocket Diary to the first 100 customers today!

 Order your 2011 Doctor Who Calendar Here.

[Source: CompareTheDalek.com]

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