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9 July 2015

Imagine an incredible world where The Doctor teams up with Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle to defeat his evil foes; where The Doctor can dance down a yellow brick road or travel in The Mystery Machine with Scooby Doo. LEGO Dimensions is the new Toys-To-Life game from Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and features the biggest brand mash ups the gaming world has ever seen – now including Doctor Who.

This all-new entertainment experience which merges physical LEGO brick building with digital gameplay and launches in the UK on 29th September.  

Peter Capaldi comments:

“It’s fitting that Doctor Who now sits alongside some of the most iconic film and TV shows ever made. So go forth and help The Doctor make new friends on his quest to vanquish Lord Vortech!” 

Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle will team up with Doctor Who, The Simpsons, Ghostbusters, Jurassic World, Back to the Future and many more fan favourites in a mission to thwart Lord Vortech’s evil plan to collide all dimensions into one. 

Using an interactive LEGO Toy Pad which will plug into games consoles, gamers can place up to seven physical toys into the game through the toy pad. This allows gamers to embark on an adventure which merges the worlds of their favourite TV and film franchises.

The LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack includes three Doctor Who levels, where you can battle the Daleks and Cybermen, complete with a cameo from the Twelfth Doctor. From November you will be able to purchase an additional Doctor Who pack enabling gamers to play as the Doctor. The pack will also introduce new buildable characters, including the TARDIS and K-9, unlocking compelling game content with mission-based levels and unique in-game abilities. The Doctor Who level pack will provide players the opportunity to use everything interchangeably, anywhere throughout the game.

LEGO Dimensions will be available for Xbox One, the all-in one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation4 and PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems and the Wii U system from Nintendo.

[Source: BBC Worldwide]


8 July 2015

The schedules for the San Diego Comic Con 2015 panels have now been revealed, with Doctor Who featuring this Thursday.

Thursday 9th July:

Doctor Who panel with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, and Steven Moffat. 2:15PM (Hall H)

In addition to the Doctor Who panel, LEGO Dimensions will be revealing their Doctor Who additions to the range.

[Source: San Diego Comic Con; LEGO Dimensions]

3 July 2015
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Brought into our lives to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the eccentric yet compassionate time lord and most loved television series, the collection of vibrant and extra-terrestrial Doctor Who homeware and gifts at HintonsHome.com is the perfect gift for any die-hard Doctor Who fan.  

Happily, the guys at HintonsHome.com, stock a range of Doctor Who gift ideas and are proud to be an official stockist of the very first Doctor Who range from the BBC that was created with a design partner. Unlike the other internet retailers, Hintons isn’t one of the big multiples but an independent family business selling to their loyal customers in Dorset and now across the world with their rather jazzy website.  What’s special about Hintons, is that they totally understand service and value are vitally important when it comes to the more exciting and stylish ranges, like the Doctor Who collection.

They really love the products and care about their customers too. The stylish graphic Doctor Who print designs are used on a range of homeware and kitchen items from Dalek teapots, Cyberman mugs, exterminate oven gloves, police box notepads and even some rather awesome duvet sets and cushions. So you can literally tuck yourself into the Tardis at night, who knows where you could time travel to in your dreams! 

This colourful selection of Doctor Who merchandise, all officially licensed by the BBC, makes ideal birthday or Christmas gifts for all ages but in particularly Doctor Who fanatics. 

So, allons-y and discover the pick of stylish Doctor Who gifts at Hintons.

+  Order online at HintonsHome.com for delivery to any address in the galaxy!

[Source: Hintons Home]

1 July 2015

BBC Worldwide has this morning confirmed that Director, Rachel Talalay (8.11: Dark Water & 8.12: Death In Heaven) will be returning to direct the final two episodes of Series 9 (Episodes 11 & 12) of Doctor Who which airs this Autumn.

Doctor Who Online's Series 9 Episode Guide:

9.1: The Magician’s Apprentice (Part One) - [w.Steven Moffat / d. Hettie MacDonald]
9.2: The Witch’s Familiar (Part Two) - [w.Steven Moffat / d. Hettie MacDonald]
9.3: TBC - [w.Toby Whithouse / d. Daniel O' Hara]
9.4: TBC - [w.Toby Whithouse / d. Daniel O' Hara]
9.5: The Girl Who Died (Part One) - [w.Jamie Mathieson & Steven Moffat / d. Ed Bazalgette]
9.6: The Woman Who Lived (Part Two) - [w.Catherine Tregenna / d. Ed Bazalgette]
9.7: TBC (Part One) - [w.Peter Harness / d. Daniel Nettheim]
9.8: TBC (Part Two) - [w.Peter Harness / d. Daniel Nettheim]
9.9: TBC - [w.Mark Gatiss / d. TBA]
9.10: TBC - [w.Sarah Dolalrd / d. Justin Molotnikov]
9.11: TBC (Part One) - [w.Steven Moffat / d. Rachel Talalay]
9.12: TBC (Part Two) - [w.Steven Moffat / d. Rachel Talalay]
10.X: 2015 Christmas Special (Title TBC) - [w.TBA / d. TBA]

Key: w = Written By, d = Directed by 

+  Series 9 of Doctor Who will air this Autumn (likely September).

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

30 June 2015

Our friends over at Inkitt got in touch to let us know about a new Science Fiction writing contest which they recently launched and runs up until 27th July.

Beyond Time:

Submit your most imaginative and fantastic Science Fiction stories! Take your readers on a journey; ride a spaceship, explore an extraterrestrial universe, travel through time - the possibilities are endless and the universe is yours. Be spellbinding, be world altering, and let your imagination run free.

Contest guidelines:

-  Authors will retain all rights to any and all works submitted in the contest.
-  Original stories of any length are accepted.
-  Entries must be posted on the Inkitt contest page to be considered eligible.
-  The contest opens on June 22th and closes on July 27th.
-  The contest is completely free to enter.
-  The top 10% based on reader votes get the chance to be picked by the Inkitt staff for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.

All entrants will have the chance to show their work to a rapidly growing community of authors and readers hungry for high-quality fiction. 

+  Submit your stories here: http://inkitt.com/beyondtime.

[Source: Inkitt]

29 June 2015

The Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control is finally here to give Doctor Who fans what they have been asking for: a brand new, hero prop replica which is a superb recreation of the Sonic Screwdriver used by Peter Capaldi in Series 8. A limited run of 168 laser-etched numbered Sonics will be available exclusively to purchase on the BBC AMERICA booth (#4129) for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con (8th-12th July 2015) prior to general sale from 7th September from www.BBCShop.com.

The new Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver is a fully functioning gesture-based universal remote control which can control your TV and other home entertainment equipment. Learning the gestures and programming the Sonic Screwdriver is easy, and the intuitive gestures allow the user to become the Doctor. Flick it open and the clasps extend with a satisfying clunk; press the grip mounted button for instant light and sound action or use the Any-TV-Off function just for fun!


The Twelfth Sonic has been made in direct response to the huge number of requests that The Wand Company received from fans all over the world asking for an extending version of their famous Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.


Chris Barnardo, co-founder of The Wand Company said:

Since our Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic went on sale, we have had a constant stream of requests from fans of all ages asking us to make an extending version. It wasn’t easy to engineer a solidly reliable device that can withstand being repeatedly flicked to extend it, but we’ve been able to do it, and I’m certain that any fan of Doctor Who is going to love it,


Jason Easy, Senior Licensing Manager at BBC Worldwide, said:

The Wand Company continually exceed expectations with their range of Sonic Screwdrivers, and the Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic is no exception. The Sonics are not just technologically sophisticated, but also beautifully made and have exciting features that delight fans.


Product details:

The Wand Company
’s new extending Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver universal remote control prop replica contains the following features:

-  1:1 scale replica of the Series 8 Sonic Screwdriver hero prop

-  Highly authentic flick-to-extend action

-  Grip-mounted action button

-  Press and hold button to make Sonic buzz and tip light in FX Mode

-  Any-TV-off function that turns off any television at the press of a button, without having to program the Sonic first

-  Stores up to 39 remote control commands

-  Customisable personal lock code

-  Ivory-coloured handle with subtle fleck

-  Redesigned copper-plated handle end

-  Gallifreyan stand for vertical presentation

-  12 new secret Morse-coded Twelfth Doctor phrases

-  12 different sonic screwdriver sound effects

[Source: BBC Worldwide]


29 June 2015

Publisher: Race Point Publishing

Written By: Cameron K. McEwan

RRP: £12.99 / $21.99 US / $23.99 CAD

Release Date: 7th May 2015

Reviewed by: Doctor Who Online

Review Posted: 29th June 2015

Fans familiar with the Blogtor Who fan site will know that its editor, Cameron K McEwan has a penchant for lists. Lists are great, we love a good list! So when we found out that Cameron was putting together The Big Book Of Lists, we were rather excited to say the least!

First off, the title definitely lives up to its name - with over 255 pages jam-packed with facts, miscellany and trivia to test your own knowledge, you’re always going to find something new and informative about Doctor Who.

For example, we were rather surprised to find out that the first time The Doctor strangled a companion was in The Twin Dilemma! :) Ever wondered exactly how tall each of the Doctor’s were? Or how many hours of screen time each Doctor had? Or perhaps how many times the word ‘Time’ has actually appeared in a title? Needless to say, this book has answers to all those questions and many, many more.

The range of subjects, quotes and cross-referencing with other popular cult movies and TV shows is staggering, and is a testament to the sheer amount of effort and hard work, and love that has clearly gone into the book.

Look out for a special list from Doctor Who composer, Murray Gold, where he shares his memories and thoughts from seven of Blogtor Who’s favourite ‘MuGo’ scores.

As with Cameron's previous book (The Who’s Who Of Doctor Who) the content is supported by the beautiful artwork of Andrew Skilleter, and coupled with the striking pallete of colours and overall design of this title, it’s as visually appealing as it is factually.

One of our favourite illustrations is the double-page montage (p38-p39) featuring all of the Doctors in a nod to the curator scene from the 50th anniversary special; The Day Of The Doctor. There’s also a rather snazzy ‘Percentage Of the Daleks’ infographic (p81) which shows the popularity of The Daleks by Doctor.

They say good things come in three’s, so were very much looking forward to Cameron’s next offering, and if The Big Book Of Lists is anything to go by, it’s going to be a corker!


+  The Big Book Of Lists is Out Now, priced £12.99 / $21.99 US / $23.99 CAD.
+  Buy this book on Amazon.co.uk for just £10.39

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27 June 2015
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Big Finish have today announced a new range of boxsets, featuring heroes and monsters from the New Series of Doctor Who.

Leading this new wave of adventures is Alex Kingston as River Song, the beloved Time Lord archaeologist who first appeared in 2008's Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead.

River will be stepping into the era of the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) for Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2, alongside Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) and Helen Sinclair (Hattie Morahan). But how can River help her husband if, in this incarnation, she must never actually meet him?

The idea of River meeting previous Doctors was actually proposed by Steven Moffat,” says producer David Richardson“and it's just irresistible, isn't it? Alex embraced the idea of returning to the role, and so she will be starring in no less than two box sets next year. And yes, we are still pinching ourselves!

River will then return later in 2016 in Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song, an epic four-hour adventure that takes River across space and time, seeking out the secret rulers of the universe. Paul McGann will reprise the role of the Eighth Doctor in the final instalment.

The New Series adventures will continue in Doctor Who: The Churchill Years, in which Ian McNeice returns as the indomitable Winston Churchill. In the four-hour saga, Winston relates a number of encounters with the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in his memoirs, battling alien incursions, metamorphosing creatures... and a Dalek! The stories are told by Ian McNeice, supported by a full cast of guest actors, including Danny Horn as Kazran Sardick, in a story taking place within the 2010 special A Christmas Carol.

Ian has played Churchill in just four episode on TV, and yet it feels like it was many more,” says executive producer Nicholas Briggs. “It was such a brilliant, definitive performance, and how wonderful that we will be continuing Churchill's adventures with the Doctor on audio.”

Finally, the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors will face a new generation of monsters in Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters, a brand new, four-story run featuring creatures from the New Series. Peter Davison takes on the Weeping AngelsColin Bakerencounters the JudoonSylvester McCoy will meet the Sycorax... and Paul McGann will face a new clone batch of Sontarans on the edge of the Time War....

It's the ultimate mash-up,” says executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, “and we have some great scripts lined up for these landmark stories. There is no doubt that 2016 is going to be a brilliant year for Big Finish!

All four boxsets will be released across 2016, and are available to pre-order today from the Big Finish website. Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2 will be released in February, and is available as part of a special bundle of all four Doom Coalition boxsets.

Doctor Who: The Diary of River SongDoctor Who: The Churchill Years and Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters can be pre-ordered for just £20 each on CD or Download, and are also available as part of our Doctor Who New Series bundle.

[Source: Big Finish]

26 June 2015

BBC Worldwide today confirmed via the @BBCWPress Twitter account that there are plans to release more Classic Doctor Who stories.

Whilst the exact medium isn't specified, it is widely believed to be further Classic Series Doctor Who media in the form of DVDs or Digital content. Rumours have persisted for a while now of a new service to be unveiled by the BBC.

Below is a copy of the exact tweet: 

+  Discuss all the Doctor Who DVD releases in the DWO Forums.

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

26 June 2015

The official Doctor Who Festival is coming to Australia for the first time, and will provide fans of all ages with exclusive access into the magic and the secrets behind your favourite program.

The Festival will be held on the 21st & 22nd November 2015 at the Royal Hall of Industries and Hordern Pavilion, the Doctor Who Festival promises fans a unique insight into the imagination and skills put into bringing an episode of Doctor Who to you. This includes exclusive access to the people that make it happen, giving you the chance to get inside the adventure.

The general day ticket price includes:

*Meet The Cast:

Your chance to attend a Q&A session which will get you closer than ever before to Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, with more cast yet to be announced.

*Meet The Writers:

Hear from the experts who create the storylines of your favourite programme, including lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat and find out how the Doctor’s many adventures are developed from script to screen.

*Meet The Monsters:

Experience the work that goes into creating iconic Doctor Who monsters right in front of your eyes, with live monster make-up demonstrations and interactive monster workshops.

More To Be Announced…

As we get closer to November, more cast and activities will be revealed. Register here to sign up to the newsletter for more information, and like the official Doctor Who Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest announcements.

For New Zealand fans, Peter Capaldi will also be heading to Auckland, New Zealand on the 24th November for an intimate evening with fans. Venue and ticket details for this will be announced in due course.

*Information provided on this website relating to the Doctor Who Festival, including cast and activities, is correct as of 25th June and is subject to change.

[Source: DoctorWho.TV]

25 June 2015

On 24th February 2015, DWO posted an update on the status of The Underwater Menace DVD (originally due for release in 2014, and rescheduled for 2015). The update confirmed that the title had been removed from the 2015 schedules "for the time being". 

There was hope that the title might be released, especially as special features, commentaries and sleeve art (pictured-right)* had already been produced for the title. Fans even clubbed together and started an online petition, which attracted over 2,700 supporters and was submitted to the BBC. Sadly, according to the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (#488), it appears the title has now been officially cancelled.

Part of the reason is believed to be due to the insolvency at animation company Qurios, who would have animated the two remaining missing episodes [1 & 4]. Episode 2 was found in December 2011, and heralded the decision to release the adventure on DVD.

[UPDATE: It is now understood that the company involved in the animation was Planet55

+  Discuss all the Doctor Who DVD releases in the DWO Forums.

[Sources: BBC Consumer Products; Doctor Who Magazine]

* Image from Issue 488 of Doctor Who Magazine 

25 June 2015

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (#488) has officially confirmed that Series 9 of Doctor Who will comprise of 12 episodes, following the same number as Series 8.

Unlike last year, it is widely believed that Series 9 will comprise of mostly two-part adventures, with Episodes 9 and 10 the only ones not to be written and directed by the same pairing.

As with previous years, there will be a Christmas Special which will air on Christmas Day.

Doctor Who Online's Series 9 Episode Guide:

9.1: The Magician’s Apprentice (Part One) - [w.Steven Moffat / d. Paul Wilmshurst]
9.2: The Witch’s Familiar (Part Two) - [w.Steven Moffat / d. Paul Wilmshurst]
9.3: TBC - [w.Toby Whithouse / d. Daniel O' Hara]
9.4: TBC - [w.Toby Whithouse / d. Daniel O' Hara]
9.5: The Girl Who Died (Part One) - [w.Jamie Mathieson & Steven Moffat / d. Ed Bazalgette]
9.6: The Woman Who Lived (Part Two) - [w.Catherine Tregenna / d. Ed Bazalgette]
9.7: TBC (Part One) - [w.Peter Harness / d. Daniel Nettheim]
9.8: TBC (Part Two) - [w.Peter Harness / d. Daniel Nettheim]
9.9: TBC - [w.Mark Gatiss / d. TBA]
9.10: TBC - [w.Sarah Dolalrd / d. Justin Molotnikov]
9.11: TBC (Part One) - [w.Steven Moffat / d. TBA]
9.12: TBC (Part Two) - [w.Steven Moffat / d. TBA]
10.X: 2015 Christmas Special (Title TBC) - [w.TBA / d. TBA]

Key: w = Written By, d = Directed by 

+  Series 9 of Doctor Who will air this Autumn (likely September).

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

23 June 2015

Doctor Who has made its way into the Top 10 for Empire Magazine's recent 'Top 10 Greatest TV Characters' Poll.

The poll was voted for by over 10,000+ people at empireonline.com, and Doctor Who made its way into 4th position for the character of 'The Doctor', beating stiff competition from Sherlock and Buffy!

Below is the Top 10 list:

1) Walter White (Breaking Bad)
2) Tyrion Lannister (Game Of Thrones)
3) Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
4) The Doctor (Doctor Who)
5) Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
6) Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)
7) Buffy (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
8) Jack Bauer (24)
9) Omar Little (The Wire)
10) Frank Underwood (House Of Cards

The full top 100 list appears in the August issue of Empire magazine, on sale Wednesday 24th June. 

[Source: Wales Online]

22 June 2015

A teaser trailer for Series 9 of Doctor Who recently aired on BBC America.

The trailer, which aired on Saturday after Orphan Black, only lasts 10 seconds and shows no footage from Series 9, and instead focuses on the exterior of the TARDIS.

You can watch the trailer in the player, below:

+  Series 9 of Doctor Who will air this Autumn (likely September).

[Source: BBC America]

15 June 2015

Father’s Day is fast approaching and with it comes the indecision of what to get dad. Luckily if your dad likes Doctor Who stuff than you are in luck as we have laid out the Top Ten Doctor Who Gifts from SuperHeroStuff.com. The first four gifts are all shirts cause what dad doesn’t like a good shirt?! Show him how much you appreciate him with one of these great Doctor Who threads.

1. Doctor Who Knock Knock T-shirt: Who doesn't like a good Knock Knock joke? Some will get the joke, others won't but either way this soft comfortable 50/50 blend shirt should please your dad.

2. Doctor Who Van Gogh T-shirt: This great mix up between Doctor Who and Van Gogh is an instant classic and will turn heads. It is perfect for the father that wants a little more artistic design in what he wears.

3. Gallifrey Road T-shirt:  A Dalek, Silence, Cyberman, and a Weeping Angel go into a bar…wait wrong joke, but what is not to like about this shirt that both Beatles and Doctor Who fans will enjoy!

4. Sonic Screwdriver T-shirt:  Unfortunately, the 100% cotton shirt is not as versatile as the actual instrument from the BBC franchise. You won't be able to open any sort of lock or use its awesome technology for other uses but hey, this is just a shirt, and one that will allow your dad to show off.

5. 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Flashlight Keychain:  While we are talking about Sonic Screwdrivers, another great gift would be this keychain. It looks like a little version of the 11th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver and the tip even lights green! Your dad will have to make his own sound effects though, but it a great way to keep track of his keys.

Socks and mugs always seem to be something that a dad will get at least once for Father’s day so why not make them the coolest socks or mug that he has ever seen! The next two items on the top ten list are just that!

6. Union Jack Crew Socks Pack:  Invoke the spirit of regenerating Time-Lords and the famous police call-box with this 2-Pack of socks. They are certainly a lot more interesting than the boring white socks with holes in them that your dad currently wears.

7. Tardis 2D Relief Mug: Whether it’s his morning cup of coffee or some afternoon tea, this Tardis Mug is sure to put a smile on his face for more reasons than just delivering his favorite beverage! But beware it may hold more on the inside than guessed.



The final three items on this list are very cool and a little more unique while still following the Doctor Who theme.

8. Doctor Who Tardis Trucker Cap:  With a mesh backing, a flat bill, and idolizing the famous police call box, the Doctor Who Tardis Trucker Cap is awesome for your father who craves a good flatbill!

9. Tardis Tyvek Wallet: Much like the TARDIS, this wallet holds a lot more on the inside than it appears on the outside. Like all Tyvek Wallets, this is eco-friendly and immensely durable which means no matter how hard your dad is on it, it should hold up and last through time.  

10. Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Monopoly Game: Everyone seems to have played Monopoly at some point in their life and while this is the same game, it is so much more! You and your father can buy and trade through time while getting to be represented as a scarf, bow-tie, sonic screwdriver or others as your game piece! This is definitely going to be remembered for many Father’s days to come.


All of these and more great Doctor Who stuff can be found at SuperHeroStuff.com. Plus you can get 12% off your entire order with code “POWERS12” through Father’s day weekend

[Source: Superhero Stuff]

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