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21 April 2016

BBC Worldwide have announced that the new Doctor Who companion will be revealed LIVE on BBC One on Saturday 23rd April at half time of the FA Cup semi-final MOTD Live: Everton vs Manchester United.

The live reveal echoes the way in which the BBC unveiled the latest incarnation of The Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi.

Rumours have been rife over the past few weeks with speculation as to the identity of the next companion, and fans won't have to wait much further as it is only 2 days away! It is expected the new companion will be introduced in either the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special or at the start of Series 10 in 2017.

+ Series 10 of Doctor Who airs in 2017.

13 April 2016

Our friends over at Toybox Treasures have recently had a revamp of their fantastic site, where you can find a wide range of vintage Doctor Who Toys and Props for sale.

From Dapol Daleks, 1960's Toys and Games to full size Daleks, Toybox Treasures have a fantastic selection of products, and despite the Doctor Who connection, the prices aren't astronomical :)

Matt Doe, owner of Toybox Treasures tells us what made him start the business: 

“I started the business to be able to touch and feel some of the rarest Doctor Who memorabilia in the world. With some items with less than 10 left from the Dalek wouldslate, Dalek stencil set to a Dalek Exterminator Bazooka. I couldn't afford these for my own collection so why not get these in for others.

Some of our recent acquisitions include a black Codeg Dalek, Dalek skittle, screen used dalek trooper costume from revelation of the Daleks, Dapol Dalek used in the title sequence of the Doctor Who antiques roadshow special and also a near full box of cadet sweet cigarettes including display box”

Whilst there may not be a massive selection of merchandise on the online store, the team are constantly on the lookout for items. If you have a specific product you are looking for, get in touch with the ToyboxTreasures team via their website as they offer a toy hunting service!

+  Check Out Toybox Treasures: www.toybox-treasures.co.uk
+  Follow @DrWhoToyBox on Twitter!

[Source: Toybox Treasures]

13 April 2016

Now we're not always keen on posting news of rumours, but word had reached DWO towers that we *may* be finding out the identity of the new Doctor Who companion very shortly!

Of course, the BBC being the BBC could choose to announce the news whenever they like, but going off the back of last week's 'Class' news, it's about time we had something Doctor Who related to get our teeth into.

So who could it be? Well, we know that the companion will be female - Peter Capaldi himself has gone on record, speaking to the Radio Times last December, stating that as his preference of companion:

"With the best will in the world, I don’t want a bloke, because I’m frightened that they’ll give him all the action and I’ll be standing around spouting scientific gobbledygook... ‘Oh, Peter’s not up to chasing those Zygons down the corridor, let the chap do it.’ And that would be awful. I want to chase the Zygons!" 

Then, in a separate interview with LaLata TV, Capaldi seemed to further confirm the gender of the next companion:

“I think the companion has to be someone who’s not so impressed by the Doctor – she’s not an assistant, she’s not a servant, she can’t be that – she has to be someone who really says ‘are you sure that’s the right thing to do? What are you doing?’ and also doesn’t take him seriously.”

There have been several names thrown into the ring as far as who's been cast; Maisie Williams, Rakhee Thakrar, Rose Leslie and Faye Marsay have all been connected in some way by the media, recently. Thakrar in particular has had more traction than most, with the actress addressing the speculation to Leicester Mercury:

“My way of looking at everything is just be here and see what happens. There’s such a vast range of projects and roles, that I’m open to see what comes.”


DWO Verdict:
More often than not, the person highly touted to be the replacement for a companion or Doctor, is most likely not in the ring at all. That being said, we'd love the rumours surrounding Rakhee Thakrar to be true.

If we look at Rakhee's recent Twitter follows, you can see some Doctor Who related people, including: Marcus Wilson (Ex-Doctor Who Producer), Rachel Talalay (Director), Michelle Gomez (Missy) & Patrick Ness (Writer & Creator of Doctor Who Spin-off 'Class').

This observation is most likely coincidence, but arguably could add fuel to the fire. Rakhee is a fine actress with the qualities needed for a companion. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

We'd love to hear from you in the comments box below! Who do you think will be the next companion? What would you like the next companion to be like?


+ Series 10 of Doctor Who airs in 2017.


5 April 2016

Bedford’s second charity Doctor Who convention is taking place on Saturday 23rd April – and Doctor Who Online readers can claim a 10% discount on their tickets!  (See below for details.)

This year’s guests are Katy Manning, Deborah Watling, Sophie Aldred, Nicholas Briggs, Mike Tucker, John Leeson – and The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre.

Bedford Who Charity Cons are fairly new on the scene, but they’ve already established a reputation for being fun, relaxed and friendly.  Feedback from both audiences and guests have been excellent.  Sophie Aldred said the last one was a ‘truly lovely day’ with a ‘great atmosphere’; Mike Tucker said it was ‘a lovely, informal event.’  All profits will be donated to Bedford Foodbank. Each month, they provide emergency food for some 500 local children and adults who would otherwise go hungry.

It’s a good line-up.  The day will be a mixture of panel interviews, signings, and the opportunity to chat to guests and to have your photo taken with them.  Not everyone’s familiar with The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: they’re an award winning comedy act from the Edinburgh Fringe and they’re also very, very funny. Check them out on YouTube.  They’ll be giving us their take on Doctor Who.  (They can be a little sweary but they’ve promised to be suitable for a family audience.  Their Malcolm Tucker as the new Doctor sketch won’t, alas, be part of their performance!)  Mike Tucker’s going to be doing a presentation on how classic-Who icons were adapted and updated for nu-Who; he’s also bringing along a mystery prop which we’re not allowed to say anything about yet, but it’s really exciting!  (As is usual with conventions, guests appear subject to their other work commitments.)

The basic ticket costs are £40 for adults, £20 for 14-18 year olds and full time students, and £15 for under-14s.  If you mention when you book your tickets that you heard about the day through Doctor Who Online, you’ll receive a 10% reduction on the price!  Concessions and family tickets are also available; details are on the convention’s website (see below). Special rates are offered for group bookings, too, though you’ll need to email organiser Simon Danes (see below again!) for the rates.  (This may especially appeal to university and college Doctor Who societies.)  It has to be said that the ticket rates are at the low end for Doctor Who cons, and they’re very good value. The organisers stress they’re not out to fleece you; the tickets give you access to all the events on the day.  Guests will ask a fee for autographs, though, and if you’d like photos with the actors, a charity donation is asked for.

Bedford’s a small town in the south Midlands, about 50 miles north of London (and just 35 minutes from St Pancras). Communications are good:  it’s just off the A1 and M1; good bus and coach links from Oxford and Cambridge and others; direct trains from Brighton, Nottingham, Loughborough and Leicester.

Date, Time & Location:

Saturday 23rd April 2016

10:00am-5:30pm

The King’s House,
245 Ampthill Road,
Bedford
MK42 9AZ

+  Website:  bedfordwhocharitycon.co.uk

+  Facebook:  facebook.com/bedfordwhocharitycon

+  Email:  info@bedfordwhocharitycon.co.uk

[Sources: Simon Danes]

4 April 2016

On the first day of term, BBC Three today announce the stars of the Doctor Who spin-off series Class - exciting young new talents Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah. They will be joined by Katherine Kelly, as she takes the role of a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School.

Like all sixth formers, these four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires. They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow - and possibly the end of existence. 

Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who Universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. All the time travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow.

Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves, Class is coming.

“Time has looked at your faces now.  And time never forgets…”

What if your planet was massacred and you were the sole survivor?

What if a legendary figure out of space and time found you a place to hide?

But what if the things that want to kill you have tracked you down?

And worst of all, what if you haven't studied for your A-Levels…?

Award winning YA writer and Class creator Patrick Ness, says: 

“We searched far and wide for this amazing cast, fantastic actors who understand what we’re aiming for with this show. And how lucky we are to get Katherine Kelly! She’s been stunning in Happy Valley, The Night Manager and Mr Selfridge, just wait until you see her here.”

Steven Moffat, Class and Doctor Who Executive Producer, says:

“There’s nothing more exciting than meeting stars that nobody’s heard of yet. We had the read through of the first few episodes last week, and there was a whole row of them. Coal Hill School has been part of Doctor Who since the very first shoot in 1963, but this new show is anything but history. Class is dark and sexy and right now. I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy - it’s taken the brilliant Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen.”

Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. It is scary, funny, and as painful and sharp as youth. It will also shine a light on a whole new corner of the Whoniverse. 

Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three, adds: 

“I can’t wait for Class to arrive on BBC Three. BBC Three will always back best young British talent.” 

From Writer Patrick Ness, Director Ed Bazalgette (Poldark, Doctor Who), Producer Derek Ritchie, and Executive Producers Patrick Ness, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, the BBC Cymru Wales production, co-produced with BBC America and BBC Worldwide, starts filming today and will premiere on BBC Three this year.

Watch a video of Patrick Ness introducing the cast in a special 360° presentation:

 
[Source: BBC Worldwide]

21 March 2016

Peter Capaldi was on hand to accept a Guinness World Record for the 'Largest Gathering Of People Dressed as Doctor Who Characters' at La Mole Comic Con in Mexico City last Saturday.

During the day a total of 492 fans donned their costumes to help scoop the record, which saw outfits varying from Doctors to Companions, Monsters and even objects like the TARDIS!

Doctor Who currently holds a world record for the Longest Running Science Fiction Series, but the 2016 edition of the 'Guinness World Records 2016 Blockbusters' book sees other Doctor Who related records for: Most Popular Doctor Who Story (The Caves Of Androzani), Most Expensive Dalek (£36,000) and Largest Collection of Doctor Who Memorabilia (2,012 items of merchandise belonging to Ian O 'Brien).

+ BUY the Guinness World Records 2016 Blockbusters from Amazon.co.uk for £9.98.

[Sources: Radio Times]

9 March 2016

Earlier this week Radio Times included some new quotes from Peter Capaldi, who has been discussing his future with Doctor Who. Peter has revealed that the BBC have asked him to stay on as The Doctor:

“I’ve been asked to stay on, but it’s such a long time before I have to make that decision. Steven’s been absolutely wonderful, so I love working with him. Chris is fantastic, and I think he’s a hugely talented guy. I don’t know where the show’s gonna go then. I don’t know. I have to make up my mind, and I haven’t yet. As Steven [Moffat] will tell you, it’s very difficult to say goodbye.”

Before too many of you start to worry though, Capaldi added some words of reassurance in an interview on BBC Radio 2, yesterday:

"I love being Doctor Who so I will be around as long as it’s right to be around."

DWO Verdict:

As huge fans of Capaldi's Doctor, and knowing how much he loves and adores the role, we genuinely hope and believe he will be in the role for a good many years to come. Our money is on him staying until at least Series 12.

[Sources: Radio Times; BBC Radio 2]

4 March 2016

Our friends over at The Geek Gallery, have an amazing range of jewellery and home accessories, fit for any geeky home or to wear your favourite fandom everyday. 

From time travellers, magic or demon hunters you will find it all over at The Geek Gallery

From necklaces, rings and pin badges to pillows and handmade bags, even a new range of hand stamped jewellery to join the other amazing items is coming soon. 

You will even find geek designed tote bags over at The Geek Gallery fit for any shopping day, You can even have them personalised. The bags are hand printed in the UK by Charley from The Geek Gallery

Show your geek side with pride, whether you are a demon hunter, a magic school wanna be or a multi fandom lover they have it all. 

Prices start from just £4.99 and includes UK shipping!

The Geek Gallery also run competitions on their Facebook page to win pieces of their jewellery, why not pop long to the page or shop to join in and wear your fandom with pride.

+  Check Out The Geek Gallery on Etsythegeekgalleryshop.etsy.com

+  Follow @TheGeekGallery on Twitter!

[Sources: The Geek Gallery]

4 March 2016

Our friends over at GeekGear have just launched their brand new geeky subscription box service. GeekGear design their boxes according to the monthly theme and the cut off date for subscribing is the 20th of every month, with all boxes being shipped out a few days after.

Each Box will have 5–10 items and you get back at least 2–3 times the value that you paid - or more!

When choosing the option to subscribe, you can get the following benefits:

1 x Month Subscription - £19.99
- Subscription renews every month
* Price is exclusive of postage charges

3 x Month Subscription - £57.99
-  Subscription renews every 3 months
* Price is exclusive of postage charges

6 x Month Subscription - £113.99
-  Subscription renews every 6 months
-  1 x Extra Geeky item in every box!
* Price is exclusive of postage charges

12 x Month Subscription - £219.99
-  Subscription renews every 12 months
-  2 x Extra Geeky items in every box!
* Price is exclusive of postage charges

+  Follow @GeekyCraftStuff on Twitter!

[Sources: GeekGear]

23 February 2016

Following our recent news items that Netflix & Hulu will no longer have the rights to stream Doctor Who (as of 1st February 2016), Amazon Prime in the USA have just announced they have secured the rights to stream Series 1-8 of Doctor Who.

The confirmation, which came in the form of a tweet and included a video (link below), has since been removed, but upon further investigation, DWO can confirm the news is correct and that episodes will be available at some point in March 2016.

The original tweet, which was posted on 22nd February, read: 

"Want to know the future? Now you can! Here’s what’s coming to #PrimeVideo in March. #Bosch #DrWhohttps://t.co/r3rVSiZLC7

— Amazon Video (@AmazonVideo) February 22, 2016"

You can watch the trailer on the following link: https://t.co/r3rVSiZLC7

Unfortunately news isn't good for UK fans, as a number of our visitors have reported receiving an email from Amazon Prime, confirming they will no longer have Doctor Who episodes as of 16th March.

This now means that unless Netflix UK renew their rights to stream Doctor Who (which expires on 1st May 2016), there will be no streaming partners outside of iTunes and BBC Store in the UK.

DWO have made several attempts to contact Netflix UK via Twitter, but unlike their American partners, who responded to us quite quickly, our questions about renewing have all gone unanswered.

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[Sources: DWO; Amazon Prime]

22 February 2016

Publisher: BBC Books

Written By: Mark Clapham

RRP: £4.99

Release Date: 4th February 2002

Reviewed by: Doctor Who Online

Review Posted: 23rd February 2016

Hope is a novel on BBC books, and it features the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, and the characters Fitz, and Anji, and is a story about The Doctor unravelling a local political intrigue.

The novel, which is the bases of a Dr Who episode, was first published in 2002, written by Mark Clapham. The story begins with The Doctor trying to push the TARDIS to its limit, when the crew finding themselves on an inhospitable planet, due to the TARDIS breaking up, and it lands on a frozen sea of acid on the planet Endpoint, in the distant future. As the ice begins to break they flee to the nearest city of hope, only to see the TARDIS sink to the bottom of the sea. In Hope a policemen, who’s investigating a decapitation, explains that the planet is toxic, so the inhabitants have had to evolve to survive, but recently a serial killer has been decapitating people.

The policeman tells them to go to the casino for help, and when they arrive The Doctor buys entry with an apple core, which is long extinct. Inside the casino a group of cyborgs calling themselves the Brotherhood of the Silver Fist, burst in and demand that the casino’s owner, Silver, speaks to them. Silver, a cyborg himself, drive the brotherhood, out, but as he finds out from The Doctor that he’s a time traveller he offers to recover the TARDIS if The Doctor catches the murderer. (There are lots of uk casino games online to play, including roulette, slots, and blackjack, to get the experience of being in a real casino. Betway are offering a welcome bonus, on the first three deposits for new players, with big win jackpots to be won).

The Doctor finds a used tranquilliser dart at a crime scene, and deduces that the murders are part of a plan committed by a visitor to Endpoint, and he also learns that the inhabitants produce a hormone, which is similar to the effects of adrenaline. The Doctor is overpowered and is then held in a bunker on the sea bed, and Silver attacks the bunker and kills the humans. Whilst in the bunker The Doctor and Silver find technology capable of reversing the pollution, and when activated the sea turns into water, and the air becomes breathable again. There’s a hypertunnel in the bunker, which can be used to quickly travel throughout space, and Silver flees through the hypertunnel, which then gets reprogrammed to leave Silver and his army stranded on a dead planet.

 

+  Hope is Out Now, priced £4.99.
+  Buy this book on Amazon.co.uk

14 February 2016

Funko have announced a historic partnership with Playmobil, which will pair the classic articulated, 6-inch ABS figures with exciting pop culture and entertainment licenses for a collector-focused line, and Doctor Who will feature as one of its brands.

As Playmobil’s first official licensee, Funko will have the opportunity to bring new and beloved characters to Playmobil’s nostalgic frame.

Funko CEO, Brian Mariotti said:

“We’re honoured and thrilled to create the first ever cross-license with Playmobil and bring their unique style to the hip and trendy pop culture licenses Funko is known for. It’s an amazing opportunity, and we know fans of both styles are going to love these figures.”

Funko’s first wave of Playmobil 6 inch, 200% figures will include characters from Doctor Who, Sherlock, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Ghostbusters and Back to the Future, with many more forthcoming. Figures will retail for $14.99 and be available in stores from Summer 2016.

The 11th Doctor and The 4th Doctor are the first to be revealed, and you can view the image in the panel to the right. 

[Source: Funko]

 

9 February 2016

A Doctor Who fan has given Series One, featuring The 9th Doctor, a Star Wars: The Force Awakens style Trailer treatment.

YouTube user 'VG934' a.k.a Dom said:

"Being the huge Doctor Who and Star Wars fan that I am, how could I resist the chance to bring these two massive franchises together? Well sort of bring them together, let's call it Who Wars. 

Some may call me late to the party but I must remind you that a Wizard is never late, nor is he early - he arrives precisely when he means to. Alas, I'm no Wizard but the same principle applies.

Anyway, I hope 2016's treating you all well and that you enjoy this little mashup as much as I did making it!"

Watch the trailer in the video player, below:

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5 February 2016

Doctor Who Showrunner, Steven Moffat has collected his OBE at yesterday's investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Moffat received his award for 'services to drama', from the Prince Of Wales and said about the honour:

"It was very thrilling and formal and slightly, slightly, just very slightly, like being back at school. But nicer because everyone got a prize. Talking to other people before I came in, I kind of feel everyone's here for a better reason than me. I've got not one, but two dream jobs so to get this lovely thing for already indulging myself in public, seems like an excess of good fortune."

Watch Steven Moffat discussing the honour outside Buckingham Palace, in the player below:

[Source: Press Association]

 

4 February 2016

Doctor Who Magazine have sent DWO the cover and details for Issue 496 of DWM.

Doctor Who Magazine exclusively interviews Sir John Hurt, who played the mysterious incarnation of the Doctor in 2013's 50th Anniversary Special The Day of the Doctor – and asks him about his return in his brand new Doctor Who audio series!

What was John’s first reaction when he was offered the part of the Doctor’s secret incarnation?

“Well, I said, ‘Doctor Who? I don’t think that’s really my sort of stuff.’ But my wife was listening, and when she heard that it was the 50th anniversary, she said, ‘You’ve got to be f***ing joking! You’re doing it! So I’ve really for her to thank. I’m really pleased I did it, because it opened up a whole new era for me. A whole new era.”

On returning to the role for Big Finish's audio adventures, John explains:

“I was often asked, ‘Are you going to do anymore? And I said, ‘Well, I don’t think so. I’m not ruling it out, but unless somebody comes up with a real stonker of an idea that would involve him again… But the thing is that you can’t plan careers. You think, ‘That’s the way to play it’, but it’s not necessarily the case at all. If you follow your nose, that’s often the way to play it. And that’s exactly how I feel about this. I mean, I really have enjoyed every second of it. I mean it.”

ALSO INSIDE ISSUE 496...

ASK STEVEN MOFFAT
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers questions about some of the show's most recent episodes...

THE WAR DOCTOR ON AUDIO
The writers of the exciting new audio series chat about writing for the Doctor's most dangerous incarnation.

A TRIBUTE TO ANTHONY READ
Doctor Who Magazine pays tribute to the late Doctor Who writer and script editor, who died in 2015, with contributions from his colleagues and previously unpublished quotes from interviews conducted in 1990 and 2008.

PIXEL POWER
Following the recent success of LEGO Dimensions and Doctor Who Legacy, we uncover three decades’ worth of Doctor Who videogame projects.

NEVER FORGET?
The Time Team continue their quest to watch every episode of Doctor Who in order with Matt Smith’s second story, The Beast Below.

WELCOME MY DEMONS
This issue’s Fact of Fiction delves into the world of King John and Magna Carta in the 1983 Fifth Doctor story The King’s Demons.

A TRIP TO THE THEATRE
The Doctor meets his old friend Harry Houdini and encounters some trouble at the theatre in a brand-new comic strip adventure, Theatre of Mind, written and illustrated by Roger Langridge.

STAR WARS vs DOCTOR WHO
Jacqueline Rayner wonders if it’s possible to enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens without feeling like you’re cheating on Doctor Who, in her regular column, Relative Dimensions.

COMING SOON
DWM previews all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.

PLUS! All the latest official news, reviews, competitions and The DWM Crossword.

+  Doctor Who Magazine Issue #496 is out on Today, priced £4.99.
+  Subscribe Worldwide to DWM from just £19.49 via Unique Magazines!
+  Check Out The DWO Guide to Doctor Who Magazine!

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

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