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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]

14 December 2010

AudioGO have sent DWO the cover and details for the January CD release of The Edge of Destruction, featuring William Hartnell as The First Doctor.

In a final bid to regain control of the TARDIS' faulty control system the Doctor is driven to experiment with a dangerous untried combination.

With a violent explosion the TARDIS blacks out and the crew find themselves trapped inside. A simple technical fault? Sabotage? Or something even more sinister?

Tension mounts as the Doctor and his companions begin to suspect one another. What has happened to the TARDIS? Slowly a terrifying suspicion dawns. Has the TARDIS become the prisoner of some powerful fifth intelligence which is even now haunting the time-machine's dark and gloomy corridors?

William Russell, who played the Doctor's companion Ian in the original TV serial, reads Nigel Robinson's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1988.

 The Edge of Destruction is released on 6th January 2011, priced £12.99.

 Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: AudioGO]

14 December 2010

BBC Worldwide and Starz have released some further information regarding Torchwood: The New World, which will get its premiere on 8th July 2011.

Official Synopsis:

When C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy, he finds himself unearthing a threat which challenges the entire Human race. The answers seem to l ie within an old, secret British institute, known only as Torchwood. But Torchwood was destroyed, years ago, and the keys to the institute are held by its only two survivors - former Police Officer Gwen Cooper, who has long since disappeared along with her husband and child, and the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, a man whose history seems to stretch back centuries. 

With Rex under attack from all sides, in both the US and the UK, he soon discovers there are forces at work within every level of society, determined to stop Torchwood's return. As a chain of events across the world links together the most disparate and unlikely individuals - including a surgeon, a killer, senators and CEOs - a new Torchwood team takes shape. But this time, the threat is much closer to home, as they realise that their greatest enemy is mankind itself...

Torchwood: The New World will star John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Kai Owen and is written by Russell T Davies, John Shiban, Doris Egan, Jane Espenson and John Fay.

Deadline reports an update to the casting, with Mekhi Phifer (ER, Lie to Me, Close Quarters), signing on as the character of CIA agent, Rex Matheson. Meanwhile, Actor; Tom Price (Andy Davidson in Torchwood), has hinted via his Twitter account, that his character may return.

Update (16/12/2010): Deadline now reports that Hollywood Actor, Bill Pullman has also signed on to star in Torchwood: The New World.

[Sources: BBC Worldwide; Starz; Deadline]

14 December 2010

Freelance Journalist, Ian Wylie has sent DWO his review of the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special, from last nights screening at the BFI Southbank. [Beware, minor spoilers below].

If you’re avoiding ALL spoilers, then best go elsewhere. It’s a totally bonkers episode but probably a perfect fit for 6pm Christmas Day on BBC1.

As many fans will already know, this adventure is set on Christmas Eve and features newlyweds Amy and Rory (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) on a stricken space liner heading for disaster. With mayhem up on the Star Trek-style flight deck, Amy emerges from the Honeymoon Suite dressed in the police uniform from her very first episode. With Rory back in his Roman centurion outfit. A nice opening visual joke from Mr Moffat, who was placed in seat K9 for the screening.

He weaves Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol into this tale from a strange yet still familiar world. High above, the Galaxy class ship is plummeting through banks of thick icy fog towards the surface of the planet. Only rich and bitter old miser Kazran Sardick (Michael Gambon) can save the lives of the 4003 people on board. He controls the skies, despises Christmas and doesn’t care if they all die.

Kazran already keeps some members of Sardicktown frozen in ice, including Abigail (Katherine Jenkins). And appears to have lost every shred of goodness that might ever have been in his heart. Which is when the Doctor, covered in soot, comes tumbling down the chimney. Can he bring this old man out of the dark and into the light?

Older viewers may have to stay off the Christmas sherry to keep track of all the details in this hour. Including sharks out of water, a nod to Jaws and the Doctor’s trips to the 1950s to hang with Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack. Not to mention Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein and Santa. All contrasting with the bleak midwinter under the dark skies of Sardicktown.

We also get more information about the Doctor and girls. A younger Kazran asks him: “When girls are crying, are you supposed to talk to them?” To which the Doctor replies: “I’ve absolutely no idea.”

There are crackers, a kiss (not involving the Doctor) and photographic evidence of trips around the globe.

We also hear Katherine Jenkins – making her acting debut – sing a new Christmas carol, among other vocal performances.

The screening was followed by a trailer for the 2011 series, which included Nazis, The Oval Office, a spaceman, various monsters, the Doctor in a stetson and River Song in cowgirl mode. Plus a line from the Doctor: “The one thing I can tell you – monsters are real.”

 To read Ian's transcript of the Q&A session, visit his website, here.

[Source: Ian Wylie]

13 December 2010

Character Options have announced a new wave of Doctor Who Action Figures.

The Pandorica Action Figure and MP3 Audio Collection consists of the following:

· The Eleventh Doctor includes CD 01 – Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion part 1

· Roman Auton includes CD 02 – Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion part 2

· Angel Bob includes CD 03 – Doctor Who and the Giant Robot part 1

· Cyberman Pandorica Guard includes CD 04 – Doctor Who and the Giant Robot part 2

· Amy Pond includes CD 05 – Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters part 1

· Silurian Warrior includes CD 06 – Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters part 2

Each 5-inch action figure includes a MP3 CD with audio book instalment and one piece of the Pandorica! Collect and build your own Pandorica CD cube case! There are three complete classic stories across 6 CDs. One supplied. For ages 5 years and over.

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 The Pandorica Collection Action Figures are released Late December, priced £9.99 each.

 Order these Toys at Forbidden Planet, for just £8.99 each!

[Source: Character Options]

12 December 2010

If you’re looking for a great way to make sure that you haven’t missed a moment of the Doctor’s adventures, and want to go back and relive your favourite episodes over and over again, all without having to stray too far from Doctor Who Online, then you’re in luck.

LOVEFiLM have joined up with Doctor Who to provide dozens of old episodes which LOVEFiLM will kindly deliver straight to your door, visit the site now.

They have cut out the need for purchasing DVDs – or even the time usually associated with the old methods of renting – and brought the Doctor right to your doorstep, and all without the help of a TARDIS!

LOVEFiLM have a selection of DVD deals which are much cheaper and more convenient than having to go to a rental shop and will give you easy access to the most recent episodes – watch them at your leisure and then just pop them in the postbox and LOVEFiLM will send you the next episodes straight away! You can enjoy all of this alongside the rest of the LOVEFiLM catalogue, which is growing by the day, so there are plenty of other science fiction adventures you can catch up on too.

For us, the move comes at just the right time, as it’s been almost 6 months since the Doctor has been on our screens, and what better way to whet your appetite for the inevitably brilliant Christmas special than with a marathon session with all of Matt Smith’s run, perhaps you could even directly compare him to David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston’s efforts since the 2005 relaunch – only if you suspect that he stands up to them though.

But one of the extraordinary aspects of the past few series’ has been the depth of story that has rewarded repeat viewing, and Steven Moffat has well and truly picked up where Russell T. Davies left off, so you’ve got no excuse not to enjoy the Doctor at the click of a mouse button.

[Sources: Doctor Who Online; LOVEFILM]

9 December 2010

DWO are thrilled to announce that Doctor Who Writer and Being Human creator, Toby Whithouse has joined the DWO Forums to answer questions from his fans in our popular Ask & Answer section.

Toby penned the Series Two episode 'School Reunion' and the Series Five episode 'The Vampires of Venice', with another story due for Series Six of Doctor Who. He has also written for Doctor Who spinoff show, Torchwood, with the episode 'Greeks Bearing Gifts' from Series One.

Outside of Doctor Who, Toby is perhaps best known as the creator and head writer of Being Human, a supernatural dramedy television series that has a cult following of its own.

Whithouse is also an actor, having appeared in The House of Eliott and Bridget Jones' Diary. He is also a rising star on the comedy circuit and has played several gigs under the 'Laughing Horse' banner.

DWO visitors can post their questions to Toby regarding his career as a Writer, Actor and Comedian, by clicking here.

 Not a member of the DWO Forums? Register for FREE!

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

6 December 2010

A forthcoming episode of the popular BBC quiz show, Eggheads, will feature a Doctor Who celebrity team.

The team, which will consist of Colin Baker (The 6th Doctor), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Louise Jameson (Leela), Katy Manning (Jo) and John Leeson (Voice of K9), will battle against the Eggheads to win a sum of money for charity.

The episode, which was recorded in the Summer, will air on BBC Two, on Monday 20th December at 6:00pm.

[Source: Colin Baker]

6 December 2010

Character Options are releasing a special Doctor Who Toy set on the run-up to Christmas.

Featuring The TARDIS, The Doctor and Amy Pond in Police outfit (worth the price alone), the Christmas Adventure Set 1 will be out just in time for the big day as it is due in shops within the next 2 weeks.

 The Christmas Adventure Set 1 is released Mid-December, priced £29.99.

 Buy Now from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Character Options]

4 December 2010

The BBC have given DWO some more promo images from the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special; A Christmas Carol.

The images, which can be seen below, have just been released today, and give us a little taster of what's to come:

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[Source: BBC Pictures]

3 December 2010

Just over a year ago, we decided to branch out into the T-Shirt market with our very own Arcalian Attire range of Doctor Who inspired Tees.

The not-for-profit venture, has been a huge success with well over 1000 T-Shirts sold to Doctor Who fans worldwide. To celebrate, we have launched a few more designs, which we sincerely hope to see you all wearing at future conventions and other Doctor Who related events.

The range, which has no copyrighted images or characters, provides a tongue-in-cheek nod to some of the memorable scenes, people and monsters that have spanned the 47 years that the show has been around for, and is available exclusively through the Arcalian Attire CafePress Store.

Below is an updated list of our current range:

The New Series

'Shhh!!! Spoilers!!!' - inspired by River Song and her Diary.

'Silence will Fall' - inspired by the Series 5 theme.

'Delete!!!' - inspired by the Cybus Cybermen.

'In Moffat We Trust' - inspired by New Series showrunner, Steven Moffat.

'Hey, Who turned out the lights?' - inspired by Silence in the Library.

'Sontar Ha!' - inspired by The Sontarans.

'The Angels Have the Phone Box' - inspired by Blink.

'Decorative Vegetable' - inspired by Time Crash.

'Y.A.N.A (You Are Not Alone)' - inspired by the Series 3 theme.

'Astrid R.I.P' - inspired by Voyage of the Damned.

'Allons-Y!' - inspired by The 10th Doctor's catchphrase.

'Bananas are Good!' - inspired by The Girl in the Fireplace.

'Are you my Mummy?' - inspired by The Empty Child.

'Cassandra R.I.P' - inspired by The End of the World.

'Exterminate!' - inspired by The Daleks.

'Time Lord' - inspired by the Time Lords.

'Police Box' - inspired by The TARDIS.

The Classic Series

'The colour for monsters is Gweeen!' - inspired by Terrance Dicks.

'Unlimited Rice Pudding!' - inspired by The 7th Doctor.

'As Easy As Pi' - inspired by The Five Doctors.

'No! Not the Mind Probe!' - inspired by The Five Doctors.

'Just Do It!' - inspired by Genesis of the Daleks.

'Five Rounds Rapid!' - inspired by The Daemons.

Other T-Shirts

'Ianto R.I.P' - inspired by Torchwood.

'Are you my Mummy?' - Infant Bodysuit.

DWO are working on some more designs, but if you have any suggestions, please E-mail them to us at: clothing@drwho-online.co.uk.

 Buy the T-Shirts from the Arcalian Attire CafePress Store, for just £17.00 each.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

2 December 2010

The BBC have issued a Press Pack for the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special; A Christmas Carol, which we have included, in full below:

Introduction:

The thrilling adventures of the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and newlyweds Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) will continue in a Doctor Who fun-filled and heartfelt festive story, A Christmas Carol, this Christmas on BBC One.

In the grand tradition of Doctor Who Christmas specials, this year the show has once again attracted stellar guest stars, as veteran actor Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, The Singing Detective) and Opera diva Katherine Jenkins, in her first acting role, join the Time Lord for what might be his most Christmassy adventure yet!

On winning her part, Katherine Jenkins said: "I'm over the moon to be involved in the Doctor Who Christmas Special – I can't quite believe it as it's a part of the family tradition at the Jenkins household. I heard the news that I got the role on my 30th birthday and it was the best birthday present ever!"

About the series, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, commented: "Oh, we're going for broke with this one. It's all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And the Doctor. And a honeymoon. And... oh, you'll see.

"I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbours loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I'm fairly sure they did it ironically."

The Christmas special follows on from Matt Smith's first series as The Doctor, which attracted huge critical acclaim for Smith, his companion Gillan and lead writer Moffat, from press and legions of fans alike.

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning said: "Matt Smith and Karen Gillan captivated audiences in their debut series, and Doctor Who's clever twist on the much loved A Christmas Carol will thrill BBC One viewers this year with special guest stars Sir Michael Gambon and singing sensation Katherine Jenkins joining Amy and the Doctor for an unforgettable present!"

The series was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning for BBC One.

Steven Moffat is Lead Writer and Executive Producer with Piers Wenger and Beth Willis also executive producing.

Cast and Crew:

Cast:

The Doctor: Matt Smith

Amy Pond: Karen Gillan

Rory Williams: Arthur Darvill

Kazran Sardick/Elliot Sardick: Michael Gambon

Abigail Pettigrew: Katherine Jenkins

Captain: Pooky Quesnel

Crew:

Executive producer and writer: Steven Moffat

Executive producers: Piers Wenger and Beth Willis

Director: Toby Haynes

Producer: Sanne Wohlenberg

Synopsis:

It's the deepest part of winter, the exact midpoint, Christmas Eve – halfway out of the dark. Amy and Rory are trapped on a stricken space liner that's plummeting through banks of thick icy fog to the surface of the planet below.

Only one man has the power to save them; only one man is in possession of a machine that can clear the fog and let them land safely.

That man is Kazran Sardick, a rich but lonely old miser who rules Sardicktown with a sky-mast of iron.

The Doctor's only chance of rescuing the ship's four thousand passengers is to save Kazran's soul and show him that life is worth living. For this he needs to go back, way back, to when Kazran was a boy with a life full of promise.

But can the Doctor put a song in Kazran's heart and love in his life, in time for Christmas? Can he bring him out of the dark?

Matt Smith plays The Doctor:

After his critically acclaimed and hugely successful debut performance as the Doctor earlier this year, Matt Smith hasn't had time to rest on his laurels because in July he found himself surrounded by snow, shooting the Christmas Special.

Here, Matt explains what festive fun lies in store for Doctor Who fans.

"I've always wanted to be part of the Christmas Doctor Who experience," reveals Matt, "And I think this is certainly one of the most Christmassy and inventive Doctor Who stories so far.

"Steven just keeps getting even more imaginative and the great thing about this episode is that when Doctor Who and Christmas are put together you combine the spirit of both those things; it's a fun old yarn and the Doctor simply loves Christmas."

At the end of last series, Rory Williams officially became Mr Pond and joined his new wife Amy and the Doctor for more time-travelling adventures in the TARDIS. So where does this episode pick up?

"Well, it starts off with Amy and Rory on honeymoon, but the spaceship they are travelling on gets into trouble and needs to make an emergency landing on a nearby planet," reveals Matt.

"However, they are blocked from entering the planet's atmosphere and with the ship nearing implosion, the Doctor has to try and work out what's going on and how to save them.

"Steven's fantastical and magical mind has been working overtime and he's been extremely clever with this story," continues Matt.

"It feels very Dickensian, set in a mad futuristic world and it evolves into something even more magical than your classic monster Doctor Who episode."

However, Matt's quick to point out the episode does still feature a creature that is bound to get both children and adults alike cowering behind the sofa.

"The episode features a wonderful shark which I was very excited about," reveals Matt. "I've always wanted to explore the aquatic; viewers can expect Jaws with a twist!"

Joining the cast regulars in the episode is acclaimed actor of stage and screen Michael Gambon, and superstar opera singer Katherine Jenkins, making her acting debut.

"It was a real privilege to work with Michael," explains Matt. "I had a great time with him and he was really naughty! He's so crafty and when I asked him about working with iconic actors such as Olivier and Bates he said the one thing they all had in common was they were naughty – and he's exactly the same. He was very mischievous, constantly telling jokes and getting into the spirit of play.

"With Katherine I was astounded by her professionalism. Considering it was her first acting experience I thought she handled it with real craft and diligence." continues Matt. "It's exactly the type of casting we want; someone fresh, exciting and new."

But can Matt reveal anything about who they play and how they fit into the overall story?

"Well," chuckles Matt, "I can reveal that Michael plays a scrooge-like miser but there's a time-travelling twist to it all. To play an old grump there is no one better than Gambon. However, Michael also really makes you feel for this man and he can somehow turn himself into a little boy at times; he's a very impressive actor.

"Katherine looks like a princess," continues Matt, "and boy can she sing; the way she controls her voice and the grace with which she sings is quite incredible."

But while the Doctor is off on a Christmassy adventure, what will Christmas day hold for Matt Smith?

"I'll be watching Doctor Who with my family of course!" laughs Matt. "I imagine we'll have a big lunch first and then we'll sit down to watch the episode; the Doctor even gets to come down the chimney!"

Katherine Jenkins plays Abigail:

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins has achieved worldwide fame with her stunning singing voice and has performed in countries across the globe. However, it was her acting debut that made her most nervous.

Here, Katherine reveals what it was like to star in the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

"To be honest, I didn't think I really wanted to act," confesses Katherine. "I'd been asked to do things in the past and hadn't done them, but when I got the call to do Doctor Who it really excited me.

"It's such an iconic show and one we all watch as family. I wasn't sure I could do it but after reading for the part, I got a call on my 30th birthday to say I'd got it. It was the best birthday present I could have asked for!"

Stepping on to set for the first time can be a daunting experience for most actors, so how did Katherine feel when she joined the rest of the Doctor Who cast on her first day of filming?

"I had the most amazing time," reveals Katherine. "I must admit I was very nervous and I felt out of my comfort zone because I hadn't done any acting before. However, when I arrived on set the whole team was so welcoming and supportive. They made me feel like I could do it."

Set on a futuristic planet that looks very Dickensian, this Doctor Who Christmas Special is set to be the most Christmassy yet.

Katherine explains: "It certainly felt very Christmassy when we were filming it in July! The story is very emotional which I hope is going to touch people. I play the part of Abigail, a young woman who has been frozen in an ice chamber.

"Needless to say I do get out of the chamber but viewers will have to wait and see what happens to my character.

"I do get to sing though which was nice and I had a really good laugh with Matt between takes. He kept mucking around and singing to me but you know people should hear his voice; I think he's got a great bass voice!"

Speaking about her costume Katherine reveals: "My character comes from a family with really no money so my dress is very simple; it's a long cotton and lace dress with woollen sleeves and I also wear boots. It's almost looks like many layers of Victorian underwear!"

Doctor Who is predominately filmed in Cardiff so Katherine also had the added pleasure of catching up with her family during gaps in filming.

"It couldn't have worked out better," explains Katherine. "My family are based in Wales so some of them came to the set and I got to catch up with everybody, which was nice."

Since filming wrapped on the Doctor Who Christmas Special Katherine has been extremely busy concentrating on her music career.

"I'm on tour, visiting Denmark, Germany, Australia and America," reveals Katherine. "Then I'll be performing at the Royal Albert Hall before heading to Afghanistan over Christmas. To kick off 2011 I'll be working on my eighth album."

But has Doctor Who given her the acting bug?

"It's not something I'd ever done before," explains Katherine. "But I really enjoyed it so maybe in the future I'd consider other opportunities; although I think it would help if the role had a musical element to it!"

[Source: BBC Press Office]

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