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16 November 2010

Doctor Who has entered the UK Indie Singles Charts with two entries from Murray Gold.

Both entries, which are from the recently released Doctor Who: Series 5 Soundtrack, entered the charts after just 1 week of release.

In position #30 is 'Doctor Who XI', which is track number 1 on the Series 5 soundtrack, and in position #16 is 'I Am The Doctor', which is track number 9 on the soundtrack.

We strongly encourage fans to download from iTunes / Amazon, or purchase the Soundtrack from shops / online stores to help get Doctor Who into the Christmas Top 40 charts.

 Check the progress of the UK Indie Singles Charts here.

[Sources: Simon Bisgrove; BBC Radio 1]

16 November 2010

DWO now have a brand new Facebook page which our visitors can follow on the popular social networking site.

To celebrate the launch of the new page, we are giving away a copy of the new Doctor Who: Series 5 Soundtrack to 1 lucky follower. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is click on the 'Like' button at the top of the Doctor Who Online Facebook page - that's it!

The winner will be announced via the Facebook page on December 1st.

We've also launched a new Facebook page for our CompareTheDalek.com price comparison website, which you can follow here.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

16 November 2010

Radio Times has produced a limited edition Doctor Who Companions Special magazine.

The 164-page glossy special includes never-before-seen photographs and material from the RT archive, featuring over 40 companions from 1963 to present day, as well as profiles of every companion from Ace to Zoe.

This is a Radio Times exclusive and will not be available in the shops.

Get your copy for just £9.99 including FREE delivery to your door. To order, call 0844 543 9836.

Radio Times recently conducted a poll for readers to vote for their favourite Doctor Who companion. The results are printed below:

1 Rose Tyler BILLIE PIPER 

2 Sarah Jane Smith ELISABETH SLADEN

3 Donna Noble CATHERINE TATE 

4 K-9 JOHN LEESON/DAVID BRIERLEY

5 Amy Pond KAREN GILLAN

The best of the rest...

6 Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)

7 Ace (Sophie Aldred)

8 Leela (Louise Jameson)

9 Jo Grant (Katy Manning)

10 Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart (Nicholas Courtney)

11 Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman)

12 Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines)

13 Romana II (Lalla Ward)

14 Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding)

15 Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins)

16 Peri Brown (Nicola Bryant)

17 River Song (Alex Kingston)

18 Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter)

19 Polly (Anneke Wills)

20 Turlough (Mark Strickson)

[Source: Radio Times]

16 November 2010

Doctor Who has been declared the greatest sci-fi & fantasy TV show of all time by top genre website Totalscifionline.com.

The BBC’s long-running series about the time-travelling Doctor and his ever-changing companions saw off stiff competition from over 60 years’ worth of genre television. Star Trek: The Original Series, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, was voted into second place, while Rod Serling’s classic anthology series The Twilight Zone rounded out the top three.

Doctor Who first hit our screens in 1963 with William Hartnell in the role of the Doctor. Since then, the character has regenerated 10 times, most recently in the form of Matt Smith in this year’s acclaimed season.

Totalscifionline editor Matt McAllister said: “There have been plenty of mind-bending, thought-provoking SF shows in the history of television, but none have proven as enduring as Doctor Who. The key to the show’s longevity has been its ability to re-invent itself for new generations while maintaining a consistency in tone and character, and the Daleks and TARDIS have now become part of our cultural landscape. 2010 saw Who head in yet another triumphant direction – surely another 50 years are guaranteed?”

Viewers can get a sneak peek of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special on Children in Need, this Friday on BBC One.

The full Top 10 Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV shows are:

1) Doctor Who (1963-present)

2) Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-69)

3) The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)

4) The X-Files (1993-2002)

5) The Prisoner (1967-68)

6) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

7) Battlestar Galactica (2004-09)

8) The Quatermass Experiment (1953)

9) Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)

10) Babylon 5 (1993-98)

 You can read the full Top 100 article at: http://totalscifionline.com/features/5769-the-100-greatest-sci-fi-fantasy-tv-shows

[Source: TotalScifiOnline]

16 November 2010

Doctor Who star, Matt Smith will be appearing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson this evening in the USA.

Matt will be interviewed on the show regarding his role on Doctor Who, as well as the recent filming in the United States for Series 6. Last night's show featured a Dalek, which is expected to reappear on tonights show.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is a Peabody Award-winning American late-night talk show hosted by Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson.

 Watch the show weeknights 12:35pm/11:35pm Central Time.

[Sources: Neilfan12; BBC America]

16 November 2010

You've seen the video, now you can own the very same Dalek ashes that appear at the end of the popular Doctor Who 'Will It Blend?' Dalek Special!

Viewed by over 75,000+ people so far, our Dalek blending video is fast turning into an internet hit, and with the Children In Need charity appeal just a few days away, we thought we would give our visitors a chance to bid for the remains of the said Dalek, signed by the star of the 'Will it Blend?' viral videos, Tom Dickson.

We're starting the bidding off at just 1p, and 50% of the final auction sale will go to the Children in Need appeal.

To place your bid, visit the following eBay url: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220697587783&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_500wt_1156

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

12 November 2010

The BBC Doctor Who website has confirmed the title for the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special.

After months of patiently...ok...scrub that...impatiently waiting, fans can now rejoice in the comfort that the title has been revealed as: A Christmas Carol.

Show runner, Steven Moffat had the following to say on the special: 

'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!'

As with previous years, the special will be shown on Christmas Day at around 6:00pm(ish).

A short preview will be shown as part of this years Children In Need programming on BBC One, on Friday 19th November.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

12 November 2010

In what appears to be another example of life imitating science fiction, scientists believe they have found a crack in the universe...well...sort of!

Like a thin band of light stretched across space, it looks like some sort of intergalactic letterbox.

But the extraordinary image to the right is in fact a distant galaxy called NGC 4452, captured as it lies directly edge-on to Earth.

The result is an extraordinary picture taken by the Hubble space telescope of billions of stars observed from an unusual angle. The bright nucleus can be seen at the centre, along with the very thin disc that looks like a straight line from our unusual viewing position.

A hazy halo of stars on the periphery of the galaxy makes it seem to glow.

NGC 4452 was first seen by William Herschel in 1784 with his 18.5inch telescope in England. He described the object as a bright nebula, small and very much elongated. The new Hubble image shows just how elongated this unusual object really is.

Galaxies typically contain many billions of stars and can also be grouped in galaxy clusters. NGC 4452 is part of the Virgo Cluster which lies approximately 60 million light-years distant and contains around 2000 galaxies.

Our own Milky Way is also believed to be extremely thin.

[Source: Daily Mail]

12 November 2010

BBC Inside Out will feature a previously unbroadcast interview with the late Delia Derbyshire – the woman who created the iconic Doctor Who theme tune – on Monday 15 November on BBC One at 7.30pm.

In this episode, excerpts of Derbyshire's interview will be heard – which were originally recorded in the late-Nineties by BBC Radio Scotland's John Cavanagh but never broadcast before.

In the interview she reveals that one of the primary influences on her music, including Doctor Who, were the abstract sounds she heard as a child during the Coventry blitz.

Inside Out also features previously unseen footage of Delia later in life at a Doctor Who fan convention.

In the programme, BBC Radio 2 presenter Stuart Maconie looks at her career and explores why the woman herself remains a mystery despite her work influencing the world of electronic music, including Pink Floyd and today's modern dance acts – because, in 1963, hardly anyone outside of avant garde music circles and academia knew electronic music even existed.

But, 47 years on, the Doctor Who theme is probably the most famous piece of electronic music in the world.

Now, her lost recordings, discovered in her attic after her death, are being lovingly restored by the University of Manchester.

BBC Inside Out explores how Delia revolutionised pop music and why she turned her back on music and disappeared. Stuart begins his journey in war-torn Coventry, where Delia grew up, and follows her journey to the Radiophonic Workshop at the BBC. He talks to a range of people, including the man who invented the infamous sound of the Tardis, Brian Hodgson.

Also uncovered in this episode is the revelation that Delia composed music for an astonishing number of landmark programmes of the day, with the original Doctor Who theme being just a small part of Delia's massive output whose style was described in her own words.

Delia says: "Well, the first stage in the realisation of a piece of music is to construct the individual sounds that we are going to use. we can build up any sound we could possibly imagine almost.

"We spend quite a lot of time to invent new sounds, sounds that don't exist already, ones that can't be produced by musical instruments."

As Stuart explains, it was the theme that changed the world and the very first time the public had heard electronic music so who was the person behind it and why was she so important?

He says: "Everyone knows the Doctor Who theme – most of us here have grown up with it. But the techniques developed by one woman to make it have changed the shape and sound of modern music for ever. But the woman herself remains a mystery."

[Source: BBC Press Office]

11 November 2010

AudioGO have sent DWO the cover and details for the forthcoming Doctor Who Audiobook release of Demon Quest #4: Starfall.

Two things arrive on the same night in Central Park, New York, 1976. The first is a fireball from space, bringing with it a new identity for one Alice Trefusis. The second is the Tardis, carrying the Doctor and his friends on the trail of an unusual comic book cover.

The Doctor's strength is sapped by something in the New York air - but what could cause such a malaise? As he and Mike are first mixed up with the police and then taken on an aerial ride over the city, Mrs Wibbsey comes face to face with the legendary Talkies film star Mimsy Loyne. And all the while, long multicoloured scarves and floppy felt hats are climbing the stairs of the Dakota Building...

With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Trevor White as Buddy, Laurel Lefkow as Alice, Lorelei King as Mimsy Loyne, Rupert Holliday Evans as the Cop, and John Chancer as the Cultist.

Starfall is the fourth of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

 Doctor Who Demon Quest #4: Starfall is released 2nd December 2010, priced £9.99.

 Compare Prices for this CD at CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: AudioGO]

11 November 2010

Character Options have announced single releases of the Dalek Paradigm Action Figures, due out later this month.

Many years ago, the Daleks sent out thousands of egg-shaped Progenitors containing the genetic coding of the race, so that new Daleks could be created whenever necessary.

One of these Progenitors was found in war-torn England during the Second World War and transported to a Dalek ship. However, because the Daleks that found it had been genetically modified by their creator Davros, using his own DNA, the Progenitor did not acknowledge them as pure Daleks, until the Doctor identified them as such and the Progenitor created a new race of powerful Daleks as a result.

These Daleks were led by the white-cased Supreme, and include the enigmatically titled yellow-cased Eternal, blue-cased Strategists, orange-cased Scientists and the red-cased Drones.

Collect all five of the supreme beings. Detailed 6-inch scale Dalek action figures. One Supplied. For ages 5 years and over.

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 The Dalek Paradigm Action Figures are released Late November, priced £9.99 each.

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

[Source: Character Options]

10 November 2010

Doctor Who star Matt Smith has revealed more details about the show's upcoming Christmas special.

The festive instalment will feature Harry Potter star Michael Gambon and singer Katherine Jenkins in key roles.

Smith told USA Today: "I had great fun making [the episode] because obviously it was the middle of July and there's loads of fake snow. There's lots of snow, crackers and turkey, and that goes hand-in-hand with the spirit of The Doctor and Doctor Who."

He added that the special would focus heavily on The Doctor's own festive spirit.

"It's showcasing humans at their most open and giving and kind," he said. "It's everything The Doctor's about."

Smith also referred to his role on the sci-fi drama as "the greatest part I've ever played".

"What's so wonderful about playing The Doctor is it's all based on invention," he explained. "You're given this white canvas to invent and paint on, and he can be any colour. I really want to push the boundaries of this part into next year now and keep raising the bar."

The as-yet-untitled Doctor Who special will air on BBC One this Christmas.

[Source: Digital Spy]

10 November 2010

Doctor Who Reviews Compendium Ultimate Regeneration set to materialise for Christmas 2010.

Ultimate Regeneration is the title of the first book from Kasterborous. Written and edited by Christian Cawley, ably assisted by Brian Terranova and with contributions from Anthony Dry, Simon Mills, Thomas Willam Spychalski, Gareth Kavanagh and many more, the book tells the real-time critical story of the Russell T Davies era of Doctor Who.

Featuring essays, articles, reviews and interviews, the full story is put into context with a running commentary on the main events in Doctor Who news and fandom.

Including 60 Doctor Who reviews from Rose to The End of Time, Part Two, over 30 articles including character, actor and writer profiles and bursting with typical Kasterborous verve, Ultimate Regeneration tells the full story of the 2005-2010 era of Doctor Who, covering 2 Doctors, 5 companions and one visionary showrunner.

Upon release, Ultimate Regeneration will have a sale price of £14.99.

However a special pre-order price of £9.99 (plus p&p) is currently available, saving 33% on the cover price.

 See www.kasterborous.com for more details.

[Source: Kasterborous]

9 November 2010

DOCTOR WHO ONLINE AND BLENDTEC JOIN FORCES TO ERADICATE THE DALEKS!

The world’s most-popular and longest-running Doctor Who fan site have teamed up with the guys behind the hugely popular 'Will it Blend?' YouTube viral series, in an attempt to exterminate The Doctor's greatest enemy once and for all, in a Blendtec Total Blender.

In the latest video, Tom Dickson of Blendtec, and Sebastian J. Brook of Doctor Who Online present a Doctor Who special, that sees a Dalek Ironside action figure, literally meet its match – machine vs machine!

Previous blends from the series include Coke cans, Golf Balls, Garden Rakes, iPads and iPhones (to name just a few). A complete archive of previous videos can be seen on the 'Will it Blend?' website: http://www.willitblend.com/

Sebastian J. Brook, Site Editor of Doctor Who Online comments: "It was great to work with the Blendtec crew, and even greater to see if one of the show's most iconic villains could be blended to dust!. We've been a huge fan of the 'Will it Blend?' series since it began, and it's great that we could be part of the action by pitting these two great forces against one another!".

Below, in all its glory, is the Doctor Who Will it Blend? Special:

The video can also be seen directly on the Blendtec YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/blendtec

* Doctor Who is copyright to the BBC. Doctor Who Online is a fan site that exists outside of the BBC and provides fans of the show with news, information, reviews, release details, competitions and more.

** We hope to make this one of the most popular Will it Blend's to date, and you can help by passing on the video to as many of your Doctor Who friends as possible! Remember, if it does well, this could be seen by as many as 10 million viewers!

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

8 November 2010

DWO are pleased to announce the relaunch of our popular News page.

After a few weeks of tweaking, and streamlining, we can now present the new page, complete with full integration into the DWO Forums, search and archive functionality, an email NewsFeed, Twitter retweets and more!

A big Thank You to our resident genius, Rob Halliday, who undertook the job and has been furiously programming away to get it all working seamlessly.

Finally, due to the new system, we can now extend our news contributors, so get ready for even more news items at an even greater frequency.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

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