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3 July 2013

Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today visited the home of Doctor Who BBC Cymru Wales’ Roath Lock studios in Cardiff - to help celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary.

On arrival they were met by Rhodri Talfan Davies (Director, BBC Cymru Wales), Danny Cohen (Director, BBC Television), Faith Penhale (Head of Drama, BBC Wales & Executive Producer, Doctor Who) and Clare Hudson (Head of BBC Cymru Wales Productions).

The visit began with a trip to Doctor Who’s production office where The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were introduced to members of the team including Brian Minchin (Executive Producer) and Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer).

A trip to the TARDIS was next on the agenda where the royal couple were introduced to Steven Moffat (Executive Producer and Lead Writer), Jenna Coleman (Clara) and Matt Smith (the Doctor) who gave Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall a quick lesson in how to fly the TARDIS! Moments later, Their Royal Highnesses operated the console controls and the time machine sprang to life as if in flight!

Back on Earth it was time to meet the monsters! Their Royal Highnesses were introduced to Strax the Sontaran - in other words, Dan Starkey in full costume and make-up. There were Weeping Angels, Ood and various alien masks on show but a highlight of this section came when Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall met and chatted to a Dalek. The brilliant Nicholas Briggs was initially hidden behind the scenes to ad lib the interview and was then introduced, explaining how he created the distinctive voice patterns of the Time Lord’s oldest foes.

Another demonstration followed with special effects supervisor Danny Hargreaves showing the royal couple the ‘speederbike’ from The Rings of Akhaten and explaining – with the use of greenscreen - how it achieved its fantastic onscreen appearance. Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall then met and talked with several Creative Skillset Cymru apprentices who are training at Roath Lock in a number of TV functions. They also discussed how BBC Cymru Wales’ Roath Lock studios employ the latest methods to ensure sustainability and an eco-friendly approach to television production.

The visit lasted approximately an hour and a crowd of well-wishers gathered to wave and cheer Their Royal Highnesses as they left the studios.

Faith Penhale commented:

"It was lovely to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to the home of Doctor Who to help celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. Certainly, seeing Prince Charles flying the TARDIS and Their Royal Highnesses chatting to a Dalek are memories to cherish from what looks set to be a very memorable year!"

[Source: BBC Doctor Who Website]

18 June 2013

Jenna-Lousie Coleman has been added to the cast of BBC One's new adaptation of PD James's Pride And Prejudice sequel, Death Comes To Pemberley.

Coleman will be taking a leading role as Lizzie's sister (and Wickham's wife – Lydia), who arrives at Pemberley one night, six years after the conclusion of Austen's novel, screaming that her husband has been murdered. In fact, he hasn't – but he is found with the dead body of his travelling companion, prompting a murder investigation that casts a shadow over Pemberley and its residents. 

Also joining the all-star cast is Rebecca Front (The Thick of It), who will appear as Lizzie's vociferous mother, Mrs Bennet, with The Vicar of Dibley's James Fleet playing her resigned spouse, Mr Bennet. Penelope Keith will star as haughty aristocrat, Lady Catherine de Burgh, while Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead) will portray local magistrate, Sir Selwyn Hardcastle.

Front's The Thick of It co-star Joanna Scanlan will appear as Pemberley's housekeeper, Mrs Reynolds, while The White Queen's Eleanor Tomlinson is to play Darcy's niece, Georgiana. She is being courted by dishy attorney, Henry Alveston (James Norton) and her cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, played by Silent Witness's Tom Ward

Filming on the production is to begin this month on location in Yorkshire, with Chatsworth estate rumoured to be the chosen location for Pemberley. The production will be directed by BAFTA-winning Daniel Percival (Dirty War, Place of Execution) and produced by Origin Pictures

[Source: Radio Times]

17 June 2013

Actor Jennifer Lusk wants to know why she can’t play The Doctor in the BBC science fiction series, Doctor Who

“The Doctor is an alien with two hearts. Why can’t she be an alien with two hearts and two breasts“ she said. Lusk will star in a rom com set at a science fiction convention called Who Are You Supposed To Be? at the Edinburgh Fringe in August.

Co-star Cameron K McEwan, better known in Doctor Who fan circles as the owner of Blogtor Who agrees. “Don’t we all want to be the Doctor? Maybe it’s time for a woman to take the mantle. That’s part of what the play addresses.”

Originally conceived as a tribute to fans in the 50th Anniversary year of Doctor Who, the play’s themes became more relevant on the announcement of Matt Smith’s departure earlier in the month.

“Once Matt Smith and the BBC had made their official announcement, the first thing declared by the tabloids is that he would be replaced by a woman,” said Who Are You Supposed To Be? writer, Keith Gow. “And the online discussions quickly mirrored the conflict in the play. Jen’s character likes to dress up as the Doctor. Cameron’s character doesn’t want a woman, because of tradition.”

The show isn’t just about a woman playing the Doctor, though. It is, at its core, a love story where the characters initially bond over pop culture references. As well as love, the show also tackles the issue of anxiety – and how we cope outside our comfort zones.

“It was important to us that the show wasn’t just about Doctor Who jokes or Batman references. We’ve all got different sides and I wanted to make sure the show captured that,” said Gow. “It would be easy to make a show that relies on in-jokes, but we definitely want to appeal to everyone. So it’s for people who fall in love, people who have awkward moments. All of us.”

Lusk and McEwan are about to begin rehearsals on the play, which they hope to tour after the thirteen-show run at Edinburgh Fringe. Two months out from the premiere, they are also trying to raise a little bit more money for costumes and publicity, for which you can donate here.

“My character, Ash, is dressed up as Peter Davison’s Doctor throughout the show. We need money to get that costume right. That’s her character – she likes to dress up! She spends hours making these costumes. The show needs to get that right,” Lusk explains.

“I get to dress up late in the show as well,” said McEwan. “But I can’t tell you who I dress as. As River Song is so fond of saying, ‘Spoilers!’”

With a decision on who will replace Matt Smith still pending, are the creators of this World Premiere romantic comedy about fans and fandom worried that the BBC might be bold and actually cast a woman in the role? Would that change the show?

“Writing is re-writing,” joked Lusk. “If we have to make a change, we’ll be fine. But I think the argument might go on well after an announcement is made. Besides, if the BBC is so bold as to cast a woman as the Doctor, the most important thing is that little girls watching the show can look up and start to believe they could be the Doctor, too.”

Event Information:

Binka Boo Productions presents... Who Are You Supposed To Be? by Keith Gow

Starring: Jennifer Lusk and Cameron McEwan.
Directed by: Emrys Matthews.

C Venues – C Aquila, 14th-26th August 2013, 15:40pm.

Link: https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/who-are-you-supposed-to-be

[Source: Cameron K McEwan]

15 June 2013

Four stars who have appeared in Doctor Who have been awarded honours in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

Julian Glover who appeared in The Crusade as Richard The Lionheart, and in City Of Death as Scaroth, has been awarded a CBE.
Claire Bloom who appeared in The End Of Time as The Woman has been awarded a CBE.
David Haig who appeared in The Leisure Hive as Pangol has been awarded an MBE.
Rowan Atkinson who appeared in the Comic Relief spinoff The Curse Of Fatal Death as The Doctor, has been awarded a CBE. 

+  For a full list of the honours, visit the Gov.UK website.

[Sources: Neil MarshGov.UK]

14 June 2013

Doctor Who Writer, Neil Gaiman, was recently interviewed on BBC current affairs programme, Newsnight, regarding his career and current projects.

Our friends over at Blogtor Who have embedded the video, which you can view below:

Neil Gaiman's Doctor Who credits include 6.4: The Doctor's Wife and 7.12: Nightmare In Silver.

[Sources: Newsnight; Blogtor Who]

24 May 2013

Gaming is a subject we regularly get a lot of enquiries about from our visitors, and as we haven't covered the area for a while, we thought we would refresh you with some of the Doctor Who and Science Fiction related games available online.

A good place to begin would be the BBC's very own 'Adventure Games' series which offer some fantastic gameplay with state-of-the-art graphics, bringing Doctor Who into a whole new gaming arena.

If you're a fan of the Doctor Who: Monster Invasion Magazine and Card Game, roll on over to their website, where you will find a selection of FREE Doctor Who games including; 'Dalek Supremacy', 'Vortex Run' and 'Escape The Silence'.

For the MMO fans among you, you will love the Doctor Who: Worlds In Time game which catapults you into the many worlds of Doctor Who: http://www.doctorwhowit.com.

Our friends over at The Doctor Who Site also offer some great Doctor Who related games which they have put together themselves.

A quick search online reveals many other popular TV Series and Movie related games to enjoy. A number of these games are developed by online casino companies that integrate them mainly into their selection of online slots games. Many of them can be found quickly via online casino comparison sites. Top casino websites offer a wide range of Science Fiction themed games which visitors of our site might be interested in too. You can check out the fantastic selection of games on their online casino which include TV and Film favourites such as: Star Trek, Superman, The Incredible Hulk, Captain Scarlet and Transformers.

Check out action and adventure with superheroes and reality TV with X-Factor and its ilk; games shows from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on down; mingling with the oil-grubbing rich in Dallas; and just the flat-out weirdness of Japan-based Banzai. All in all, these games are a must-play for online casino players doubling as TV aficionados.

If you know of any other great Doctor Who related online games, leave your suggestions in the comments section below!

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

14 May 2013

It has just been confirmed that Billie Piper will be attending Collectormania Milton Keynes on Sunday 26th May

This brings the total number of Doctor Who guests appearing at the event to fifteen, including current companion Jenna Louise Coleman (Clara), Dan Starkey (Strax), Carole Ann Ford (Susan) and John Leeson (K-9).

Although the online shop is closed for all other photo shoot ticket sales, the Showmasters team will be keeping it open until Wednesday 15th at 4.30pm for Billie Piper photo shoot tickets. More information can be found on our forum showmastersonline.com/forums/.

As well as Doctor Who guests there are nearly 75 stars from the world of film and tv appearing over the weekend. You can meet movie stars and sports legends at Collectormania Milton Keynes on Saturday 25th to Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2013, the region’s biggest movie collectors event held at the Dons stadium:mk. And best of all… entry is still free!

DWO will have tables at the event, offering a wide range of Doctor Who merchandise - stop by and say hi!

For more details on the event check out the website collectormania.com/miltonkeynes/ or the forum showmastersonline.com/forums/.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday 25th-Monday 27th May 2013 (Bank Holiday)
Venue: thestadium:mk, Stadium Way West, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST
Entry: FREE!
Website: http://www.collectormania.com/miltonkeynes/
Contact: info@showmastersonline.com / 01908 671138

Media guests confirmed so far include:

Billie Piper – Doctor Who, The Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Mansfield Park

Jenna Louise Coleman – Doctor Who, Captain America

Bernard Cribbins – Doctor Who, The Wombles, Carry On films

Sylvester McCoy – Doctor Who, The Hobbit

Richard Franklin, Sheila Steafel, Bonnie Langford, Carole Ann Ford, Nabil Shaban, Rachel Bell, John Leeson – Classic Doctor Who

Jean Marsh – Doctor Who, Upstairs Downstairs, Willow, Return to Oz

Dan Starkey, Neil McDermott – New Doctor Who

Gillian Anderson – X-Files, Bleak House

Charles Dance – Game of Thrones, Alien 3, The Golden Child

Alfie Allen – Game of Thrones, Equus

Malcolm McDowell – Clockwork Orange, Star Trek, Heroes

Torri Higginson – Stargate Atlantis

Ariana Richards – Jurassic Park

Lou Ferrigno – The Hulk

John Rhys Davies – Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, James Bond

Steven Robertson, Colin Hoult, Ben Greaves-Neil – Being Human

Denis Lawson – Star Wars, New Tricks

Henry Ian Cusick – Lost

Dave Legeno – Harry Potter

Gethin Anthony – Game of Thrones

Richard Poe – Star Trek

Julian Sands – Stargate, Smallville

Duncan Regehr – Star Trek, Zorro, Monster Squad

Ken Kirzinger – Freddy vs Jason

Sonita Henry – Star Trek, Chuck

Spice Williams – Star Trek, Stuntwoman

Mary Ellen Trainor – Lethal Weapon, Back to the Future

Oliver Ford Davies – Star Wars, Hamlet

Kenny Baker – Star Wars

Christopher Judge – Stargate SG-1

Eric Milligan – Bones

Mark Stanley, Luke Barnes, Ellie Kendrick – Game of Thrones

Amy ‘Lita’ Dumas, Tara, Kid Cash, Doug Williams, Shelton Benjamin – TNA/WWE wrestlers

Rupert Young, Eoin Macken – Merlin

Anjli Mohindra, Paul Marc Davis – Sarah Jane Adventures

Nick Shirm, Ryan Nelson – Harry Potter

[Sources: DWO; Showmasters]

17 April 2013

Doctor Who is about to face his greatest challenge: his number one fan.

Rob Lloyd (Fan Number One) is putting The Doctor on trial - not just for Doctor Who fans, WHO, ME is a show about obsession and it’s many faces.  

After sell out seasons for the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival plus full houses for Armageddon Expo 2011, Whovention (Sydney) 2013 and Lords of Time Convention (Melbourne) 2013, Rob Lloyd will be asking the BIG questions, as he takes WHO, ME on the road to the Sydney, Auckland & Perth Comedy Festivals in May 2013

Rob Lloyd will be investigating whether Doctor Who (the television show) is guilty of inciting in him a debilitating obsession, or whether it has shaped him into a well-rounded, mentally-sound member of society. 

The Sydney Comedy Festival season of WHO, ME runs from 30th April-4th May 2013, tickets can be purchased here: http://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/who-me/

The Auckland Comedy Festival season of WHO, ME runs from 7th-11th May 2013, tickets can be purchased here: http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/auckland/show/who-me-

The Perth International Comedy season of WHO, ME runs from 14th-18th May 2013, tickets can be purchased here: http://www.perthcomedyfest.com.au/events/music/rob-lloyd-who-me/

+  For more information visit Rob's website: http://www.roblloyd.com.au
+  Follow Rob Lloyd on Twitter@futurerobby
+  'Like' the WHO, ME Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Who-Me/103024733135485

[Source: Rob Lloyd]

26 March 2013

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have announced nominations for their 2013 Television Craft Awards and Doctor Who has been nominated in two categories.

The Mill have been nominated in the Visual Effects and Graphic Design category for their incredible work on recent episodes and composer Murray Gold is nominated in the Original Television Music category, specifically for his outstanding music for Asylum of the Daleks.

The British Academy Television Craft Awards celebrates the best of TV’s top behind-the-scenes talent and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Sunday 28th April 2013.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

23 March 2013

BBC Television Centre, once home to Doctor Who and countless beloved TV Shows, is saying its final farewell as the BBC brings down the curtain on 53 years of Broadcasting History at the site.

Yesterday, the BBC celebrated the farewell with a gig by evergreen "nutty boys" turned national treasures Madness.

Speaking to DWO, Colin Baker (The 6th Doctor), had the following to say on the closure:

"All I can really add about TC8 is that I have such fond memories of working in those wonderful studios at TV Centre and they are such iconic symbols of the history of British (and world) Television that it it heart breaking to see something trashed that once gone can  never be restored.

As I recall - and correct me if I am wrong - TC1 and TC8 were the biggest studios.  I think I did War and Peace in TC8 and that's where Anthony Hopkins (as Pierre Bezukhov) hurled me (as Anatol Kuragin) across the set.

I know times move on but in America they treasure the old studio sets and preserve them for posterity - sometimes by creating an attraction there that will bring tourists to the site.  In any event, it's a great shame. But this is the organisation of course that has forced hundreds of people to move to Manchester in the name of regionalism and jettison a wonderful facility in the heart of London that is recognised all over the world."

The final programme which will be made at the site will be for a comedy panel show pilot, to be recorded on 29th March.

The premises have been sold for £200m to property developer, Stanhope, and the 14-acre 'fun factory', complete with the infamous doughnut-shaped inner ring, will be turned into a hotel, cinema, restaurants, cafes, a health club and apartments.

In 2015, the BBC will be back at BBC Television Centre, but will only occupy 20% of the redeveloped site with a 'creative hub', which will include leasing three of the biggest TV studios which will be revamped. BBC Worldwide will return to the space previously occupied by BBC News.

DWO have compiled a guide to Doctor Who stories filmed at BBC Television Centre, below:

Television Centre 1

The Wheel in Space, The War Games, Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death, The Three Doctors, Planet of the Daleks, The Time Warrior, Planet of the Spiders, The Ark in Space, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, The Brain of Morbius, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, The Androids of Tara, Destiny of the Daleks, The Leisure Hive, Castrovalva, Arc of Infinity, Terminus, Enlightenment, The King's Demons, The Two Doctors, Revelation of the Daleks, Mindwarp, Terror of the Vervoids, The Ultimate Foe, Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Dragonfire.

Television Centre 3

The Aztecs, The Sensorites, The Daleks' Master Plan, The Wheel in Space, The Dominators, The Mind Robber, Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death, Inferno, The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, Colony in Space, The Curse of Peladon, The Mutants, The Time Monster, Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks, The Green Death, Robot, The Ark in Space, Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Android Invasion, The Brain of Morbius, The Masque of Mandragora, The Deadly Assassin, The Face of Evil, The Sun Makers, Underworld, The Stones of Blood, The Armageddon Factor, Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Horns of Nimon, Shada, The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, Logopolis, The Visitation, Black Orchid, The Mysterious Planet, Terror of the Vervoids, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire, The Happiness Patrol, Battlefield, Ghost Light.

Television Centre 4

The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, Planet of Giants, The Space Museum, The Chase, The Time Meddler, Galaxy Four, Mission to the Unknown, The Gunfighters, The Dominators, The Space Pirates, The War Games, The Ambassadors of Death, The Claws of Axos, Colony in Space, The Dæmons, Day of the Daleks, The Curse of Peladon, The Mutants, The Time Monster, Carnival of Monsters, Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Death to the Daleks, The Monster of Peladon, The Seeds of Doom, The Ribos Operation, The Twin Dilemma, Timelash, Aliens of London.

Television Centre 4A

The Mutants, The Masque of Mandragora.

Television Centre 6

The War Games, Inferno, Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil, The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monsters, Planet of the Daleks, The Time Warrior, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, The Monster of Peladon, Planet of the Spiders, Genesis of the Daleks, Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers, The Pirate Planet, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis, Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Snakedance, Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, The Five Doctors, Warriors of the Deep, The Awakening, Frontios, Resurrection of the Daleks, Planet of Fire, The Caves of Androzani, Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos, The Mark of the Rani, The Two Doctors, The Mysterious Planet, Mindwarp.

Television Centre 7

The Claws of Axos, Robot.

Television Centre 8

The War Games, Doctor Who and the Silurians, Terror of the Autons, Day of the Daleks, The Sea Devils, The Mutants, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Planet of the Spiders, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, The Android Invasion, The Seeds of Doom, The Hand of Fear, The Deadly Assassin, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, The Invasion of Time, Meglos, The Keeper of Traken, Kinda, Earthshock, Time-Flight, Terminus, Resurrection of the Daleks, Planet of Fire, The Twin Dilemma, Timelash, Revelation of the Daleks, Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol.

Puppet Theatre

The Web of Fear, The Dominators, The Mind Robber, The Curse of Peladon, The Three Doctors, The Ark in Space, Revenge of the Cybermen, Pyramids of Mars.

Presentation Studio B

Terminus.

* In 2013, BBC Television Centre was used for Mark Gatiss' Doctor Who biodrama, 'An Adventure In Space And Time' which will air later in the year.

+ Do you think BBC Television Centre should have been sold off? Vote Now in the DWO Forums!

[Sources: DWO; The Guardian; TARDIS Wikia]

21 March 2013

For fans celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, the 20th Anniversary of the Power Rangers, and all things Pop Culture, Houston, Texas is the destination of choice for the summer “Geek Festival”.

Space City Con 2013 includes hundreds of events, 24 hour programming for 3 days, exapnded to two adjoining hotels, with vendors, artists, authors, media guests, gaming & video-gaming, cosplay, a Masquerade competition, a Klingon Makeover for Charity, the Robotech 2013 Convention Tour, and everything for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Sylvester McCoy, beloved for his role as The 7th Doctor, and also for his quirky Radagast the Brown wizard in the international blockbuster, Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, will be joining a gathering of 5 Power Rangers (Jason David Frank, Steve Cardenas, Catherine Sutherland, Blake Foster, and Karan Ashley, a native Texan like JDF).

Also featured at the show is the new unsolicited pilot project, Star Trek: Renegades, with actors Walter Koenig (Chekov), Tim Russ (Tuvok / Director), Manu Intiraymi (Icheb), J.G. Hertzler (Martok), and the stunning Adrienne Wilkinson (Xena's daughter Eve; Star Wars' Maris Brood) as the newest Starfleet Captain, Lexxa Singh.  

Star Trek: Voyager's Robert Picardo will serve as Master of Ceremonies, giving Houston the distinct  and unique honor of hosting “Two Doctors” - two actors whose characters were simply and grandly, “The Doctor”.

Rounding out the line-up from Star Trek and Stargate, is John de Lancie (Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Stargate: Atlantis commander Torri Higginson. This being Babylon 5's 20th Anniversary as well, Jason Carter will appear with Koenig.

Professional photo ops will be available with restored pieces of the Enterprise-D bridge NewStarship.com project, which is traveling to Houston along with the actual working TARDIS console, complete with sounds and lights, from the 1996 Doctor Who movie which starred Sylvester McCoy. This will be an extremely rare opportunity for fans to have special photos taken with the talent and the set pieces.

+  Space City Con takes place on August 2nd-4th 2013 in Houston; Texas.

+  For further information, check out the Space City Con website.

[Source: Space City Con]

7 March 2013

BBC Worldwide announces The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration at London's ExCel in November.

The corporation’s commercial arm will bring thousands of the Time Lord’s fans together from across the universe for a very special 3-day indoor event on his birthday weekend 

BBC Worldwide is delighted to announce that it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who – one of popular culture’s most iconic fictional heroes – with a spectacular three day event at ExCeL London, bringing together over 15,000 fans for the ultimate Doctor Who anniversary celebration beginning on Friday 22nd November.

Amanda Hill, Chief Brands Officer at BBC Worldwide said:

“We cannot wait to welcome Doctor Who fans from around the world to London in November. It’s going to be a spectacular weekend! Generations of fans young and old have been captivated by The Doctor and we’ve seen the show go from strength to strength, enjoying something of a global march over the past few years attracting new followers from Turkey to Brazil to South Korea.

2013 is an opportunity for fans around the world to come together and celebrate the glorious past, present and future of Doctor Who.”  

More details about the Doctor Who 50th Celebration Weekend at ExCeL London, including guests, intinerary, ticket prices and booking information will be revealed soon, alongside a host of other surprises.

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

24 February 2013

Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary with plans of some specially commissioned dramas, one off episodes and a few other treats along the way, but what about the fans?

Doctor Who’s older enthusiasts that have risen through the ranks of the BBC have been bringing the show to life on television. Other fans have been looking after the production of Doctor Who Magazine, the Big Finish Productions and all sorts of other Doctor Who related things! Then there’s you – the fans who have been keeping the passion of the show alive by watching it, buying it and talking about it until your face literally turns a TARDIS shade of blue!

Independent production company FTS Media are getting involved in the celebrations, with their film ‘Doctor Who: Celebrating 50 Years Of Fandom’. They say on their website:

‘Doctor Who fans are like no other, devoted to the Time Lord and his companions, but vilified for their passion. We want to know why. Why so much enthusiasm, and why do people think it’s so different to any other hobby? Where other documentaries have lingered on the negative side of fandom, we want to celebrate the passion that lies within fans of Doctor Who, and how their passion managed to keep the’ show alive. We’ll explore how Doctor Who fans have incorporated their devotion into everyday life, from writing blogs and books, to those who make it their mission to collect every TARDIS Teapot, Dalek Duvet and Cyberman Clock!’

FTS Media will be speaking to Who fans from all over the world as well as well-known Doctor Who faces, such as Robert Shearman, and the most recently announced Louise Jameson who played Leela, companion to Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor. They’re also planning on speaking to Adventures with the Wife in Space creator Neil Perryman and also ‘The Wife’ herself! 

They launched a funding campaign on Kickstarter, which has been a great success – but they are still looking for a little bit more! With just 4 days left at the time of writing this, they still have some fantastic rewards available in return for your support, ranging from key chains and pin badges to signed books and beautifully hand crafted items! They also have a range of specially commissioned art prints titled the ‘Doctor in the Dark’ series, and these are definitely worth getting your hands on!

If you want to find out more about the contributors, or to pledge your support to this fantastic project, just visit http://bit.ly/FTS-DW50.

+  Follow FTS Media on Twitter.
+  Like FTS Media on Facebook

[Source: FTS Media]

21 February 2013

DWO have recently learned of an online scam offering missing Doctor Who episodes in exchange for credit card access to an online porn site.

The site, which is hosted by 'RogueCyberman' an online blogger and Twitter user, claims to have missing episodes such as 'The Faceless Ones' and 'The Macra Terror', and offers them as 'bonus content' when you sign up to Time Girl Katie's porn site.

The blogger, who remains anonymous, claimed the following:

"All of the missing episodes recently recovered from an anonymous collector in Kent have been successfully digitised and are now available to download as bonus content in Time Girl Katie's free private members area."

We would like to extend our thanks to Robert Lenko who obtained screengrabs and access to the site in question, with proof (pictured-right), which has since been pulled from RogueCyberman's blog. We have also learned that when similar screengrabs showed up on a Tumblr page (owned by someone trying to expose the scam), RogueCyberman issued a DMCA takedown notice...

This news item has also come about as a result of DWO receiving a number of emails from Doctor Who fans claiming that their children (looking for missing Doctor Who episodes) stumbled across RogueCyberman's blog and were subjected to the adult imagery from Time Girl Katie's site, from which his blog directly links to in promise of the episodes.

DWO would like to assure fans that there is no Doctor Who content at all on the website, and should be warned not to give any credit card details to the site.

Our friends over at SFX Magazine posted a similar article warning fans back in 2012, read what they had to say here:
http://www.sfx.co.uk/2012/03/12/beware-naked-doctor-who-fangirls/

The BBC have been informed and we will report further when we have more news.

UPDATE - Friday 22nd February 2013 @ 8:30am

In a typical display of fan unity, fellow Doctor Who sites; Blogtor Who, Kasterborous, Outpost Skaro & Companions Of The Doctor, have all shown their support in exposing RogueCyberman. We encourage you to click on the links to view their take on the story.

There has also been an immense show of vigilance from fans via Twitter, with hundreds unfollowing RogueCyberman within a matter of hours.

DWO and other sites have taken the extra steps to report both his Twitter and Wordpress sites, and we will of course keep you posted as to further developments.

UPDATE - Saturday 23rd February 2013 @ 5:30pm

DWO are pleased to report that both RogueCyberman's Twitter account and blog have now been taken offline. It is worth noting that he did this for a couple of months last year when things got heated, but with the extra measures all the fan sites have taken, were hoping that this time he will be gone for good.

We would like to thank all of the fans who helped with Retweets and reposting, this was truly a joint effort!

[Sources: DWORobert Lenko]

21 February 2013

Following a critically acclaimed run at Salford’s The Lowry Theatre in May 2012, Kill The Beast Theatre’s The Boy Who Kicks Pigs is making its London debut at London’s Jacksons Lane Theatre from 5th March 2013 for 2 WEEKS ONLY.

You may know Tom Baker as the fourth incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who, as well as the voice of Little Britain, but he’s also responsible for a blackly comic novel entitled The Boy Who Kicked Pigs – a story that has now leapt off the page to splash bloodily onto the London stage.

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs is a macabre, cult children’s classic about an evil thirteen year old named Robert Caligari; a boy who wants to take over the world, cause deadly mayhem and, for reasons of his own, kick pigs. This March, you’ll have the chance to see the tragedy unfold gloriously in front of your eyes. 

If you know the book, you’ll know the challenges in adapting this maniacal tale - as Tom himself said in his recent newsletter: 

“I wondered how a small theatre company could stage my story - which has a cast of hundreds, and includes a motorway pile-up with coachloads of people. I also wondered how they would manage to make my tale of evil horror funny, as I intended it to be” – if you want to find out, you’ll have to come and see for yourself!

Tickets are available from the Jacksons Lane website. Murderous teens, shark mutilation, a nasty incident with weed-killer cornflakes and a potential apocalypse – dare you come along for the ride?

View the trailer for the production, below:

Reviews:

“Possibly the most well-delivered moment of black humour I have ever seen on stage”The Public Reviews  *****

“Many deliciously funny moments … Almost constantly, there is laughter throughout.”What’s On Stage *****

“Distinctive, fully-realised comic characters and a style that carries right through flawlessly from the construction and delivery of the dialogue to the pace of the scene to the whole look of everything: costume, make-up, scenery, projections and physicality.”The British Theatre Guide 

+  For further information call the Jacksons Lane Theatre Box Office on 020 8341 4421.

+  Follow @Kill_Beast on Twitter.

+  Follow @DrWhoOnline on Twitter.

[Source: Kill The Beast Theatre]

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