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21 February 2011

In a recent article for the Daily Mail newspaper, Classic Series Doctor; Peter Davison discusses his recent trip to Australia and New Zealand.

On the thought of travelling with children, Davison had the following to say:

"My wife Elizabeth and I thought it sounded a great idea but we had two major reservations. It wasn't the fans, the signings or hanging out with the likes of Hercules and Flash Gordon at sci-fi events that bothered us; it was the thought of dragging our two boisterous boys, Louis and Joel, both aged under ten, halfway across the world. The prospect of a nightmare 21-hour flight was not enticing. But we decided to bite the bullet and booked New Zealand, with a stopover in Sydney."

On the New Zealand leg of his trip, Davison got to meet the Weta team, who, it became clear, were big Doctor Who fans:

"Mix in a dash of geekdom (one of the Weta guys disappeared suddenly, only to return from his house around the corner with an obscure episode of Doctor Who circa 1982 that he just happened to have on his bookshelf) and their success in the film industry begins to make sense."

+ Read the article in full on the Daily Mail website.

[Source: The Daily Mail]

21 February 2011

Those of you wishing to escape the trappings of the real world for a few hours, can take solace in what is arguably one of the finest online sims for Doctor Who. The 'Katrina' region of SecondLife, is a land dedicated to Doctor Who, with painstaking attention to detail from a team of designers who, quite frankly, are geniuses.

But what is this SecondLife? Isn't it that online virtual world that you sometimes hear about in the news? Well…yes…it is, but the Katrina sim is a little different, in that it has everything a Doctor Who fan could want, housed in a friendly, inviting, and thoroughly entertaining area. It's a place where everything you ever wanted to do in the Doctor Who universe, can actually happen and become reality, albeit, virtually.

The sim is an incredibly loyal reconstruction of the Cardiff bay area, complete with Roald Dahl Plass; Millennium Centre et al (pictured). The best part is that within this familiar setting are attractions that will be of interest to all Doctor Who fans; including a Doctor Who Museum / Exhibition (pictured), a cinema (streaming Doctor Who related YouTube videos), as well as the ability to walk through and operate a wide variety of TARDIS' from the show. You can even dress up as your favourite characters from the show, and take part in battles as your favourite Monster / Villain.

Doctor Who Online has its very own base in Katrina next to the museum (pictured), where you can find out about the site as well as listen to our latest podcast episodes, purchase SecondLife Doctor Who inspired T-Shirts for your Avatars, compare prices for the latest Doctor Who merchandise, and much more.

There are plenty of themed events to take part in too - some of which DWO will be organising in the near future. Our friends over at fellow Doctor Who podcast, Podshock, have a SecondLife meet-up on 27th February in the Katrina sim between 1pm-6pm PST.

One other particular feature of the sim that is worth a special mention, is the Hands of Omega Time Travelling Capsule range. The Hands of Omega team have worked hard to produce fully operational TARDIS' that users of SecondLife can buy and fly around the sim. Just hop aboard your Police Box, set the controls to a location in SecondLife, and within seconds you will be transported through time and space.

One cannot help being reduced to a child as you spend hours playing with the numerous controls and landing in reproduced locations from the TV series. The sheer hard work and effort that the team have put into the range is admirable to say the least. Worthy of a special mention is their 11th Doctor TTC (pictured).

So if you find yourself with a bit of time to spare this week, we strongly encourage you to check out the Katrina Doctor Who sim in SecondLife. It's totally free to use, and the SecondLife software can be downloaded from http://www.secondlife.com/. Don't forget to stop by the DWO SL Base!

** The Doctor Who Katrina sim and Hands of Omega are both non-profit and no copyright infringement is intended.

+ Download the SecondLife software.

Watch a SecondLife orientation video by Victor1st Mornington.

+ SLURL for the Katrina region of SecondLife.

+ SLURL for the DWO SL Base in SecondLife.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

15 February 2011

The guys from London's new Doctor Who Exhibition, The Doctor Who Experience, have been in touch with some new images from the event.

Image 1 – A team of technicians at the Doctor Who Experience showcase five generations of Cybermen heads. The evolution of the Cybermen forms part of The Doctor Who Experience – a fully interactive themed adventure and exhibition which opens at London’s Olympia Two venue on 20th February 2011.

Featured Cybermen models: (from left to right)1966 Cyberman from ’The Tenth Planet’, the 1967 Cyberman from ‘The Moonbase’, the 1975 Cyberleader from the ‘Revenge of the Cybermen’, the 1985 Cybercontroller from ‘Attack of the Cybermen’, and the 1988 Cyberman from ‘Silver Nemesis’ .

Image 2 – Technicians Steve Richley and Shane Winterbourne put the finishing touches to a 2005 model Dalek which forms part of a display at The Doctor Who Experience – a fully interactive themed adventure and exhibition which opens at London’s Olympia Two venue on 20th February 2011.

Image 3 - MacLaine Marshall, aged 6, encounters four generations of the Daleks during a sneak preview of The Doctor Who Experience – a fully interactive themed adventure and exhibition which opens at London’s Olympia Two venue on 20th February 2011.

Featured Daleks: (from left to right) the1984 Dalek from Resurrection of the Daleks, the 1988 Special Weapons Dalek, the 2005 lone Dalek encountered by ninth Doctor , and the new Dalek paradigm from 2010.

Image 4 - Exhibition worker, Samantha Crawford puts the finishing touches to the iconic 1974 Doctor Who Monster K1 which forms part of Doctor Who Experience – a fully interactive themed adventure and exhibition which opens at London’s Olympia Two venue on 20th February 2011.

Image 5 - Exhibition worker, Samantha Crawford puts the finishing touches to a 2005 model Dalek which forms part of a display at The Doctor Who Experience – a fully interactive themed adventure and exhibition which opens at London’s Olympia Two venue on 20th February 2011.

Image 6 - Evolution of the Cybermen exhibit taken from the The Doctor Who Experience – a fully interactive themed adventure and exhibition which opens at London’s Olympia Two venue on 20th February 2011.

Featured Cybermen models: (from left to right) 1966 Cyberman from ’The Tenth Planet’, the 1967 Cyberman from ‘The Moonbase’, the 1975 Cyberleader from the ‘Revenge of the Cybermen’, the 1985 Cybercontroller from ‘Attack of the Cybermen’, and the 1988 Cyberman from ‘Silver Nemesis’.

[Source: Taylor Herring PR]

11 February 2011

At Midnight on Saturday 12th February 2011, The Doctor Who Appreciation Society will open the first section of it’s extensive archive online. They have a massive collection of publications about Doctor Who going back over thirty years and in the coming months will make some of the best parts available online, starting on Saturday with a number of interviews with people from years gone by.

Future selections will include items on conventions, newspaper stories, reference items, the changing faces of The Doctor and more.

Each item is, where possible, presented in it’s original format showing the public the changing face of Doctor Who Appreciation.

The ‘Celestial Archive’ will be available from Saturday at http://www.dwasonline.co.uk.

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society is the longest running Doctor Who fan club in existence.

For more information and for press interviews please contact www.dwasonline.co.uk/pressandpublicity.

[Source: DWAS]

10 February 2011

BBC Worldwide is to launch its first ever shop devoted to Doctor Who at the much anticipated Doctor Who Experience. The shop will be a treasure trove for fans showcasing Doctor Who toys, games, books and licensed merchandise. Designed, staffed and managed by brand experience and retail specialists Brandnew Corporation, it is the first time BBC Worldwide has created a stand-alone retail operation dedicated to a single television brand. The shop will open on 20th February in tandem with the Doctor Who Experience and remain open throughout its run.

The Doctor Who Experience will be further supported by a Wi-Fi service exclusive to Olympia. Also provided by Brandnew, the ‘closed loop’ mobile Wi Fi platform is dual purpose – while receiving redeemable coupons for use in the Doctor Who shop, visitors can also use smartphones to enjoy an immersive browsing experience related to the aliens, monsters and storylines at the show. It is the first time an event at Olympia has used Wi Fi to enable mobile content to be distributed this way.

The Wi Fi service has an easy login interface and one click access to content. From a special offers area, users download promotional barcodes which are then swiped at the checkout reader in the usual way, with price reductions shown at the till and on receipts. The wireless service is security encrypted and much faster than any 3G network. Much of the material for download is exclusive to the Dr Who Experience with a wealth of facts, figures and information. A special subtitling service can be accessed for the deaf, ensuring the Experience – led by the Doctor’s own vocal commands – is just as meaningful.

The shop will retail over 400 Doctor Who SKU’s at any one time, with many items exclusive to Olympia – a showcase of licensed product larger than anything available on the high street in one place. The Doctor Who shop is a stand-alone outlet adjacent to the café, though most visitors will enter after enjoying the Experience and Exhibition. The 133 square metres has a circular layout to encourage easy and full navigation of the merchandise. The tills and checkout area at the centre mimic the central console of the TARDIS.

The brief from BBC Worldwide was to create a retail extension of the Dr Who brand experience. The Doctor Who Experience promises to be a spectacular event, featuring an exhilarating walk-through adventure, where visitors can step into a full recreation of the Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS, and an ‘out of this world’ exhibition featuring iconic Doctor Who props and costumes from its 47 year history. This is the first ever fully immersive Doctor Who attraction - an unprecedented opportunity for fans to step through a crack in time and take part in their own Doctor Who adventure in the role of the Doctor’s companion. Their challenge will be to reunite the Doctor with the TARDIS whilst facing some of the best-loved and most-feared monsters from the hit series, including a Dalek spaceship and Weeping Angels.

Brandnew Corporation is responsible for the full retail offer at the Dr Who Experience; designing the interior and layout, determining the fixtures and displays, setting up the till and EPOS systems, product ranging and merchandising. The company is also tasked with the live customer experience; recruiting, training and briefing staff for the interactive show, exhibition and shop, plus stewarding at the event itself. 

Alex Johns, MD at Brandnew Corporation said “After the exhilaration of the Doctor Who Experience the area of the shop and café provide an opportunity for fans to catch their breath. Inspired by what they’ll have seen and experienced, our retail offer makes it both easy and pleasurable to turn their excitement into tangible rewards”. He continued “The Wi Fi platform will considerably enhance the immersive experience for all Doctor Who lovers while maximising footfall and sales in the shop. It is an important part of our ‘from the till backwards’ approach to retail planning”   

Ian Wickham, Head of Retail Development, Licensed Consumer Products UK/EMEA said “We’re delighted to be working with Brandnew on this exciting project. Some of the innovative plans we have, in particular with regards to new technology being applied at the Experience, are state of the art. This technological aspect of Brandnew’s capability made them a perfect fit for the Doctor Who Experience.”

Doctor Who Online have access to a large version of the shop interior image, which you can view to the right.

+  The Doctor Who Experience runs at London’s Olympia 2 from 20th February 2011.

[Sources: BBC Worldwide; Brandnew; Doctor Who Online]

5 February 2011

With the rather disappointing (and frankly, ridiculous) National Television Awards out of the way, things are looking up for Doctor Who in the Awards world, thanks to the results in this years SFX Awards.

The winners of the 2011 awards were announced at this weekend's SFX Weekender event, where Doctor Who scooped up in 5 categories: 

Best TV Show - Doctor Who

SFX Sci-Fi Phenomenon - Doctor Who

Best Actor - Matt Smith

Best Actress - Karen Gillan

Best Collectible Model or Toy - The Eleven Doctors Figure Set

Steven Moffat (pictured), was on-hand to accept the award for Best TV Show.

+  The results in full can be seen in Issue #206 of SFX Magazine, on sale 9th February 2011.

[Source: SFX Weekender]

25 January 2011

Classic Series Doctor Who Editor, Tariq Anwar has been nominated for Film Editing in the 2011 Academy Awards.

Anwar, whose previous Doctor Who editing credits include; The Face of Evil, The Sun Makers and Shada, received the nomination for his work on The King's Speech.

The King's Speech has a total of 12 nominations in this year's awards.

[Source: Neil Marsh]

25 January 2011

Yesterday, the BBC Press Office issued a press release outlining plans for a 25% cut in the budget for BBC Online's service listing budget - a move that will see half of the Top Level Domains closing.

As a result of this news, DWO was inundated with emails from our visitors wanting to know if the BBC Doctor Who Site was included in the cuts. We got in touch with the publicity team for BBC Online who gave us the following statement:

"The BBC Doctor Who site will not close.

As background, we’ve just posted a blog about the proposed reduction in top-level domains which explains how we’ve identified which directories or sites we’ll be removing from BBC Online over time.  To ensure quality for our audiences it’s necessary to reduce the number of individual websites we manage and concentrate resources in areas where they can be used to best effect.

To streamline efforts further, in future automatically-generated programme pages which will be hosted at bbc.co.uk/programmes – these are dynamically populated and will help us to ensure our web publishing operation is as cost-effective as possible.  But, rest assured, bespoke online offerings for popular programmes like /doctorwho will remain due to the continued value they deliver to large audiences. 

We hope you continue to enjoy the content on offer!"

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

20 January 2011

David Tennant hosted this year's Radio Times Covers party at Claridges, and found a moment to cross his own time stream and get snapped with new who star Karen Gillan

The party was held to celebrate the Radio Times covers of 2010 where both Karen and David were presented with covers that they featured on.

Other guests at the party were Terry Wogan, Aidan Grimshaw, Jean Marsh, Keeley Hawes, Hugh Bonneville and David Morrissey.

[Source: Radio Times]

 

 

8 January 2011

David Tennant and Catherine Tate, appearing on BBC Breakfast this morning, have confirmed that they will be working together again in Much Ado About Nothing, at London's Wyndhams Theatre.

The Shakespeare play is said to be directed by Mark Rylance, and performances will commence from 16th May through to September 2011.

Tennant will play the part of Benedick, a role the actor has previously stated he would love to play, and Tate will play Beatrice.

[Sources: BBC Breakfast, What's On Stage]

4 January 2011

Various tabloids and online media are now reporting the news that former Doctor Who star, David Tennant, is engaged to Actress, Georgia Moffett.

Moffett, who has also appeared in the show as The Doctor's daughter, Jenny, has been dating Tennant for over two years.

Although an official confirmation of the news has yet to be made, a source speaking to UK tabloid, The Sun, stated that the couple are 'besotted with each other and cannot wait to tie the knot'. The couple are expecting to marry in early 2012.

DWO would like to extend its congratulations to David and Georgia.

Georgia Moffett is a guest in the DWO Forums, and is answering questions from her fans as part of our Ask & Answer section.

[Source: The Sun]

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17 December 2010

The guys responsible for a new tongue-in-cheek, but affectionate Doctor Who Fanzine titled; Planet of the Ming Mongs, have got in touch with details on their new issue:

Ming mong (n.) [miŋ mơŋ] - An obsessive Doctor Who fan (usually disparaging)

Planet of the Ming Mongs is a new and/or exciting online fanzine, celebrating Doctor Who fandom in all its weird and sometimes disturbing glory. Bravely poking its nose into the live nest of Who fans, Planet of the Ming Mongs is a cornucopia of comedy, parody, art and articles virtually guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes.

Special features to look out for within POTMM include an exclusive interview with Doctor Who Magazine illustrator Ben Morris, comic strips by Jonathan This, Doctor Who facts with Garr and Suthers, "Oi, Spaceman!"'s first convention, and growing up hating Doctor Who with Tommi ‘The Tomlette’ Grey. Also, Tom Bradford explores some of fandom's more baffling myths surrounding Who mythology, and primary school teacher Rebecca Foster talks to us about the effect Doctor Who has had on the children in her class.

Plus, in a scoop more scandalous than Wikileaks, we feature some juicy and 100% not-made-up (honest) unpublished extracts from Russell T Davies and Ben Cook's email opus, The Writer's Tale.

But perhaps best of all, it’s completely free - or your money back.

Planet of the Ming Mongs is edited by Nicholas Blake and designed by Richard Kirby.

 Read the Planet of the Ming Mongs Fanzine, here.

[Source: Nicholas Blake]

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17 December 2010

Karen Gillan features in more ways than one in the current issue of ShortList Magazine, available online.

As well as an interview in which she discusses her career with a focus on Doctor Who, Karen also has a photo-shoot, with some images that are sure to warm the blood of even the coldest snowman this Christmas.

 Check Out Karen's Photo Shoot on ShortList!

[Source: Tom Cullen]

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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]

2 December 2010

A line up of Doctor Who related figures will appear at The Space event in January 2011. The Space (Southern Performance and Creative Energies) is a unique monthly entertainment and arts event, with a line up of high calibre special guest interviews held within an intimate environment.

Thursday 6th January 2011 / Komedia / 6:30pm / £7.50/£5

DAVID MORRISSEY

The acclaimed actor David Morrissey is perhaps most recognised for his roles in 2008’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor, as well as the BBC drama State of Play, Red Riding, and Blackpool.

His breakthrough roles came with the dramas Our Mutual Friend and Hilary and Jackie. Film parts followed, including roles in Some Voices and Captain Corelli's Mandolin, before he played the critically-acclaimed roles of fictional MP Stephen Collins in State of Play, and Gordon Brown in The Deal by leading screenwriter Peter Morgan. The former won him a nomination at the British Academy Television Awards and the latter a Best Actor award at the Royal Television Society Awards. His film roles have not always been acclaimed; his appearance as the male lead in Basic Instinct 2 was widely criticised, and The Reaping bombed at the box office. Since then, he has had leading roles in Cape Wrath, Sense and Sensibility, and Red Riding.

David is also a director; he has directed Sweet Revenge and Passer By for the BBC. His feature debut, Don't Worry About Me, premiered at the 2009 London Film Festival.

Thursday 6th January 2011 / Komedia / 7:30pm / £7.50/£5

TOBY WHITHOUSE

Toby Whithouse is best known as the creator of the highly acclaimed BBC Three supernatural drama series Being Human, which is one of the channel’s most popular programmes. The third series is set to be broadcast in January 2011. 

He also created the Channel 4 drama No Angels, and has written for BBC One’s Hotel Babylon and Doctor Who. His Doctor Who episode, titled School Reunion, featured the return of the robot dog K-9 and Sarah Jane Smith. Toby also wrote the 2010 episode, The Vampires of Venice

As an actor, he was a regular in the early 1990s BBC One drama series The House of Eliott. In 1997, Toby appeared on stage in the West End, co-starring with Gene Wilder in Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon. Frustrated at what he perceived as a lack of quality in many of the scripts he was sent to read, he took to writing in his spare time between acting roles, eventually writing a play which was performed as the opening production of the Soho Theatre. His first television work was writing an episode for the ITV drama series Where the Heart Is.

Toby went on to write for the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood, with the 2006 episode Greeks Bearing Gifts.

[Source: Wayne Imms]

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