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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]

7 November 2010

The Stamp Centre is holding a signing at their London store at 79 Strand, on Monday 8th November, starting at 10am and running until about 2pm.

Joining them are Shane Rimmer, of Scott Tracy, Thunderbirds fame whose new autobiography has just been launched and he will be signing it in store from 10am. In his extensive career, he has also appeared in three James Bond movies, UFO, The Protectors, Space 1999 and even Doctor Who in the 1966 Gunfighters story.

Bob Baker will also be in attendance to sign the new Limited Edition Wallace and Gromit Stamp First Day Covers that the Stamp Centre have exclusively produced. Bob created the character of the Wererabbit, and wrote several of the popular episodes. He is also renowned for creating the character of K9 in Doctor Who.

A full range of relevant merchandise will be available to purchase in-store on the day.

[Source: The Stamp Centre]

5 November 2010

BBC Worldwide invite you on a journey of a lifetime. Step inside the TARDIS this spring to take a starring role in your very own Doctor Who adventure at the Doctor Who Experience.

Opening in London on Sunday 20th February 2011 at London’s Olympia Two venue, the Doctor Who Experience promises to be an unmissable adventure featuring an exhilarating and unique walk-through experience and an awe-inspiring exhibition.

Visitors will be invited to step through a crack in time to become the Doctor’s companion on an adventure. Their challenge will be to reunite the Doctor with the TARDIS whilst fending off threats from a Dalek spaceship and Weeping Angels along the way, before exploring the wonders of Doctor Who at an out of this world exhibition.

The Doctor Who Experience allows visitors to join the Doctor on a journey through time and space, encountering some of the best-loved and scariest monsters from the hit international television series. Special scenes filmed with current Doctor Matt Smith combine with amazing special effects and the chance to enter a recreation of the modern TARDIS interior topped off by a breathtaking 3-D finale. The walk through experience is a fully contained interactive Doctor Who adventure, which puts the public at the heart of the action.

The exhibition element of the Doctor Who Experience will chart the success of the show from the first series in 1963 to the most recent episodes starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. Displays will include items never seen before including original costumes, the Tom Baker TARDIS police box and two authentic TARDIS sets from the eras of David Tennant and Peter Davison. The public will also be able to get up close and personal with iconic sets from recent series, including the Pandorica Box and Chair and confront numerous monsters including several generations of the Daleks and Cybermen as well as Silurians an Ice Warrior and a Zygon.

Steven Moffat, Executive Producer and show runner for the hit television series comments: "The Doctor Who Experience is a fan’s dream come true - a fully interactive adventure that will allow viewers of the show to get as close as possible to some of the scariest monsters from the series. It will also be the first time that Doctor Who artefacts from all the show's 47 year history - classic and new - will be on display together, many of them being seen for the first time. And never mind that, this is the day the Doctor teaches you how to fly the TARDIS through time and space, and takes you into battle with all his deadliest enemies in a brand new adventure. So steady your nerves and bring your own sofa - the Doctor needs you!"

Doctor Who star, Matt Smith, who has recorded a series of special, new scenes exclusive to the Doctor Who Experience comments: ‘The whole concept of the Doctor Who Experience, which will give fans a chance to star in their very own Doctor Who adventure, is massively exciting! I hope as many people as possible enjoy boarding the TARDIS next year to embark upon an exhilarating and sometimes terrifying adventure through time and space‘.

BBC Worldwide is pleased to announce that it is planning to relocate the Doctor Who Experience to a long term home in Cardiff in 2012.

The Doctor Who Experience promises to be an unmissable adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

The Doctor needs your help – are you brave enough to step in to the TARDIS and join the adventure?

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday the 18th of November 2010.

Door Price / Advance peak / Advance off-peak

• Adult: £20.00 / £18.00 / £15.50

• Child (5 to 16): £15.50 /£14.00 /£12.50

• Under 5’s are free 

• Family of 4: £62.00 / £52.00 /£46.00

OPENING AT LONDON’S OLYMPIA IN FEBRUARY 2011

 Check Out the Doctor Who Experience website.

[Source: Taylor Herring]

4 November 2010

DWO are thrilled to announce a specially recorded 'Will it Blend?' episode coming soon to both the DWO site and the Blendtec YouTube Channel.

Whilst on location filming our next documentary in Utah, the DWO team lined up a filming session with the Will it Blend team, which will see an object from Doctor Who blended in a forthcoming episode of the popular YouTube, viral sensation.

Fans wanting to find out more can view our teaser trailer below:

 Check Out some of the previous blends on the Will it Blend? YouTube Channel.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

26 October 2010

Radio Times has produced some limited edition Doctor Who lenticular posters that create a 3D effect.

There is a Tardis poster with Matt Smith and a Dalek poster. These collectable posters are only available through Radio Times. Image and printable form can be found to the right.

The price is just £15 for the pair, and includes FREE delivery. To order, call 0844 543 9812 or fill in the coupon to the right, and send it along with a cheque, made payable to Radio Times, to: Radio Times Doctor Who 3D poster, PO Box 4445, Colchester CO2 8GD. Offer closes on 12th November 2010.

[Source: Radio Times]

13 October 2010

2|Entertain recently announced at the DWAS Time and Space convention in London, that the Day of the Daleks: Special Edition DVD is in production. Attendees were treated to a short promotional trailer for the release, which DWO have permission to show our visitors:

The release promises to have optional CGI effects as well as new Dalek voices, in addition some fantastic new features which will be announced in due course.

 Check Out the DWO YouTube Channel.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

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10 October 2010

The sixth series of Doctor Who will open with a two-parter set in the US, the BBC has announced.

Scenes will be filmed in the Utah desert for a story set in the late '60s in which the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves on a secret summons to the Oval Office.

The episodes have been written by new series boss Steven Moffat and co-produced with BBC America.

Production starts in Cardiff this month with Matt Smith and Karen Gillen.

Alex Kingston will reprises her role as River Song.

Moffat said: "The Doctor has visited every weird and wonderful planet you can imagine, so he was bound get round to America eventually.

"And of course every Doctor Who fan will be jumping up and down and saying he's been in America before. But not for real, not on location - and not with a story like this one."

It has been announced previously that series six has been split into two blocks, with the first airing on BBC One in spring 2011 and the second block showing in autumn 2011.

** DWO will be flying out to Utah this Tuesday (long before filming begins) to record a short documentary in the Utah Desert itself. If you have any recommendations on places we should visit, email us: films@drwho-online.co.uk.

[Source: BBC News]

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