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19 May 2015

Dining With the Doctor: Regenerated just vworp vworped onto planet Kickstarter!

Our friend and fellow Doctor Who fan, Chris-Rachael Oseland of Kitchen Overlord is regenerating her bestselling Doctor Who cookbook. Dining With the Doctor: Regenerated serves up original recipes for all 116 episodes of the new series plus bonus chapters for cocktails, fish fingers & custard, and more!

Dining With the Doctor: Regenerated has 60 recipes from the 1st edition, as well as 60+ brand new recipes, artwork by Tom Gordon, and beautiful food photography - as well as awesome episode recaps and insights. Best of all, Dining With the Doctor: Regenerated helps you navigate most dietary restrictions, so anyone from vegans to the gluten free to those with food allergies can enjoy!

Before tackling the second edition, Chris-Rachael said she listened to fan feedback at conventions and has read reviews on Amazon and Good Reads. As a die-hard Doctor Who Fan, she wanted to create a one-of-a-kind cookbook that not only gave people a guide to delicious cuisine, but did it with all the flare and FUN of the rebooted TV Show.

Therefore, she’s cut the least popular recipes and is replacing them with new ones based on fan requests. She’s also expanding the chapter on Fish Fingers & Custard and moving the Cocktails to their own chapter to make things easier for families with little Whovians in training.

The revised & expanded 2nd edition includes:

-  60 recipes from the 1st edition (87 episodes, stories #157-224)
-  60+ brand new recipes (recipes for all 116 episodes, stories #157-253)
-  Brand new, high quality food photography
-  Interior artwork by Tom Gordon
-  Bonus chapters for both Cocktails and Fish Fingers & Custard
-  Index broken down by dietary restrictions & food allergies so you can easily feed all your friends 

Stretch goals include special recipes for:

-  The 8th Doctor
-  The War Doctor
-  An entire chapter for Dalek-tastic soufflees

To thank backers for their support, she’s also posting daily two minute geeky kitchen gadget reviews from now through June 1st. You can find them on YouTube or at Kitchen Overlord.

The first 10 days are all for Whovians. After that, there’s a Star Wars theme week starting May the 4th followed by theme weeks for Star Trek, Gamers, and other assorted geekery, all to help you sort the great kitchen gadgets from the garbage without wasting hundreds of dollars in the process.

Click here to check out the Kickstarter, and feel free to share this with your Doctor Who loving friends!  

[Source: Chris-Rachael Oseland]

3 May 2015

Big Finish proudly presents John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood - an all new series of audio dramas based on the fantastic Doctor Who spin-off series.

Torchwood, the intrepid team of alien investigators, returns in a series of six audio productions, as part of a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide.

Once again, the Torchwood team will be led by the irrepressible Captain Jack, as played by John Barrowman - who broke the news of the series return on his radio show on Sunday evening.

 

Conceived as a spin-off from Doctor WhoTorchwood was created by Russell T Davies (Doctor WhoCucumberBananaQueer as Folk) and made its debut on television in 2006. The top secret organisation Torchwood saved Cardiff (and often the world) from alien menaces and terrifying forces, trying to keep the city safe from the inter-dimensional rift that ran through it. In charge of Torchwood was Captain Jack, a man who has been called: “A companion to the Doctor, a rogue Time Agent, an immortal, a dangerous con-man, and very good at parties.” Captain Jack can't be exterminated or trusted, and there's just no stopping him.

 

The new series of audio dramas will each focus on different members of the Torchwood team, exploring the impact that a mysterious event has on them. Starting off the range will be John Barrowman, who stars in The Conspiracy, a deadly thriller by David Llewellyn, which is released September 2015.

 

Torchwood creator Russell T Davies says:

“Torchwood has been to the Moon, and America, and the Himalayas, but now I think it's finally coming home, to the brilliance of Big Finish."

Producer, James Goss says: 

 

What's great about Torchwood is that it is as unstoppable as Captain Jack and just as persuasive. Torchwood has been a ratings success on nearly every BBC channel, and it's one of the few UK series to translate to America. It's already been a series of iPlayer-topping audio plays, and we are thrilled to continue it. It’s just so exciting to be starting off the range with a drama starring John Barrowman – he leapt at the chance to display a whole new side to Captain Jack.”

 

Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery says:

“It's fantastic that we will be bringing Captain Jack back to life (for perhaps the thousandth time!) with Big Finish. There are many new Torchwood tales to be told and I can't wait for Jack and his team to defend the Earth once again. I am very grateful for the continuing faith that both the BBC and Russell T Davies have shown in us and very excited to enter into a new world for Big Finish.”

 

Executive producer Nicholas Briggs says: Torchwood is something we’ve wanted to do for ages. It has great characters and there are many stories to be told. Our mission is to bring a whole new series of dramatic adventures to life. We’re starting off with these more intimate, focused releases and will then move on to bigger casts and even wider scope. We’re very much looking forward to working with all the cast and it’s been such a pleasure liaising with Russell T Davies about this. He couldn’t have been more supportive and helpful. Our Torchwood producer, James Goss, has really hit the ground running and his tangible enthusiasm is already proving rather an inspiration to us.”
 

Additional cast members for the series will be revealed later.

 

Torchwood: The Conspiracy will be released September 2015, with the remaining five instalments following monthly from January 2016.

 

You can pre-order all six release now, both individually, or as part of a subscription.

[Source: Big Finish]

2 May 2015

DWO have recently joined forces with our friends over at Pop In A Box, who offer Europe’s largest selection of Funko POP! vinyl figures.

As we reported earlier in the year, a brand new wave of Doctor Who Funko POP! vinyls will be hitting our shelves this year, and Pop In A Box are the go-to place to preorder these figures.

As well as Doctor Who, Pop In A Box stock a wide range of other fandom related POP vinyls, including; Game Of Thrones, Marvel, Star Wars and Disney (to name just a few).

View a gallery of the upcoming figures, below: 

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+  The Doctor Who Pop Vinyl figures will be released June 2015, priced £9.99 each.
+  PREORDER these figures from Pop In A Box!

[Source: Pop In A Box]

29 April 2015

BBC Books have sent DWO the covers and details for the July 2015, 4th Doctor novel 'The Drosten's Curse'.

The Drosten's Curse
by A.L. Kennedy

Isn’t life terrible? Isn’t it all going to end in tears? Won’t it be good to just give up and let something else run my mind, my life?

Something distinctly odd is going on in Arbroath. It could be to do with golfers being dragged down into the bunkers at the Fetch Brothers’ Golf Spa Hotel, never to be seen again. It might be related to the strange twin grandchildren of the equally strange Mrs Fetch – owner of the hotel and fascinated with octopuses. It could be the fact that people in the surrounding area suddenly know what others are thinking, without anyone saying a word.

Whatever it is, the Doctor is most at home when faced with the distinctly odd. With the help of Fetch Brothers' Junior Receptionist Bryony, he’ll get to the bottom of things. Just so long as he does so in time to save Bryony from quite literally losing her mind, and the entire world from destruction. 

Because something huge, ancient and alien lies hidden beneath the ground – and it’s starting to wake up…

+  The Drosten's Curse is released on 16th July 2015, priced £16.99 [HB].
 PREORDER The Drosten's Curse from Amazon.co.uk for just £12.91  

[Source: BBC Books]

29 April 2015

BBC Books have sent DWO the covers and details for the June 2015 book 'The Scientific Secrets Of Doctor Who'.

The Scientific Secrets Of Doctor Who
by Simon Guerrier & Dr Marek Kukula

The first official guide to the science of Doctor Who by acclaimed Doctor Who novelist Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula, the Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Doctor Who stories are many things: thrilling adventures, historical dramas, and science fiction tales. But how much of the science is real? And how much is fiction?

Weaving together authoritative scientific discussion with a series of new adventures by acclaimed Doctor Who writers including Jenny T Colgan, George Mann and Jacqueline Rayner, Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula explore the possibilities of time travel, life on other planets, artificial intelligence, parallel universes and more. From the dawn of astronomy and the discovery of gravity to the moon landings and string theory, the authors show how science has inspired Doctor Who, and how, on occasion, life has mirrored art, such as the 1989 discovery of ‘ice-canoes’ on Triton which were featured in the 1973 episode The Planet of the Daleks.

For example, did you know…

•  The creation of the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet in 1966 was prompted by two American neuroscientists who argued that astronauts’ bodies should be adapted to suit the conditions of space.
•  The failure of Beagle 2 to land on Mars on Christmas Day 2003 influenced the loss of Guinevere One at the start of The Christmas Invasion.
•  The many parallel universes that feature in Doctor Who, from Inferno to Rise of the Cybermen are inspired by a reaction to the Schrodinger’s Cat theory: that a new universe is created for each different outcome.
•  The startling resemblance between Amelia Pond and the Twelfth Doctor and two characters from The Fires of Pompeii isn’t simply due to the actors returning to the series: it might be grounded in science as well.
•  Time Lords aren’t the only beings able to regenerate – when the turritopsis dohrnii jellyfish gets ill, old, or faces danger, it can return to its childhood state as a polyp.

+  The Scientific Secrets Of Doctor Who is released on 4th June 2015, priced £16.99 [HB].
 PREORDER The Scientific Secrets Of Doctor Who from Amazon.co.uk for just £14.98  

[Source: BBC Books]

29 April 2015

BBC Books have sent DWO the covers and details for the September 2015, 12th Doctor 'The Glamour Chronicles' novels.

The Glamour Chronicles: Deep Time
by Trevor Baxendale

‘I do hope you’re all ready to be terrified!’

The Phaeron disappeared from the universe over a million years ago. They travelled among the stars using roads made from time and space, but left only relics behind. But what actually happened to the Phaeron? Some believe they were they eradicated by a superior force... Others claim they destroyed themselves.

Or were they in fact the victims of an even more hideous fate?

In the far future, humans discover the location of the last Phaeron road – and the Doctor and Clara join the mission to see where the road leads. Each member of the research team knows exactly what they’re looking for – but only the Doctor knows exactly what they’ll find. Because only the Doctor knows the true secret of the Phaeron: a monstrous secret so terrible and powerful that it must be buried in the deepest grave imaginable...

An original novel featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Clara as played by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.

 PREORDER Deep Time from Amazon.co.uk for £6.99 


The Glamour Chronicles: Big Bang Generation
by Gary Russell

“I'm an archaeologist, but probably not the one you were expecting.”

Christmas 2015, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Imagine everyone's surprise when a time portal opens up in Sydney Cove. Imagine their shock as a massive pyramid now sits beside the Harbour Bridge, inconveniently blocking Port Jackson and glowing with energy. Imagine their fear as Cyrrus "the mobster" Globb, Professor Horace Jaanson and an alien assassin called Kik arrive to claim the glowing pyramid. Finally imagine everyone's dismay when they are followed by a bunch of con artists out to spring their greatest grift yet.

This gang consists of Legs (the sexy comedian), Dog Boy (providing protection and firepower), Shortie (handling logistics), Da Trowel (in charge of excavation and history) and their leader, Doc (busy making sure the universe isn't destroyed in an explosion that makes the Big Bang look like a damp squib).

And when someone accidentally reawakens The Ancients of Time - which, Doc reckons, wasn't the wisest or best-judged of actions – things get a whole lot more complicated...

An original novel featuring the Twelfth Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi.

 PREORDER Big Bang Generation from Amazon.co.uk for £6.99 


The Glamour Chronicles: Royal Blood
by Una McCormack

“The Grail is a story, a myth! It didn’t exist on your world! It can’t exist here!”

The city-state of Varuz is failing. Duke Aurelian is the last of his line, his capital is crumbling, and the armies of his enemy, Duke Conrad, are poised beyond the mountains to invade. Aurelian is preparing to gamble everything on one last battle. So when a holy man, the Doctor, comes to Varuz from beyond the mountains, Aurelian asks for his blessing in the war.

But all is not what it seems in Varuz. The city-guard have lasers for swords, and the halls are lit by electric candlelight. Aurelian’s beloved wife, Guena, and his most trusted knight, Bernhardt, seem to be plotting to overthrow their Duke, and Clara finds herself drawn into their intrigue...

Will the Doctor stop Aurelian from going to war? Will Clara’s involvement in the plot against the Duke be discovered? Why is Conrad’s ambassador so nervous? And who are the ancient and weary knights who arrive in Varuz claiming to be on a quest for the Holy Grail...?

An original novel featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Clara as played by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.

 PREORDER Royal Blood from Amazon.co.uk for £6.99 

+  The Glamour Chronicles novels are released on 10th September 2015, priced £6.99 each.

[Source: BBC Books]

28 April 2015

BBV have just released their latest DVD introducing Hazel Burrows as Liz Shaw.

P.R.O.B.E was originally written by Mark Gatiss and Bill Baggs and featured Caroline John, Louise Jameson, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison and Reece Shearsmith.

On the latest release, Bill Baggs said:

"I have been longing to bring back PROBE as it has proved very popular. But since the death of Caroline John in 2012 I have been debating how best to proceed. In the end I hope that WHEN TO DIE will be seen as a tribute Caroline."

BBV's first production was back in 1991 and re-united Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant as the Stranger and Miss Brown. Over twenty years later  and a slate of almost twenty productions BBV is back in business.

WHEN TO DIE is available on DVD via billbaggs@hotmail.com, Galaxy Four and in the next month via internet streaming.

Product Synopsis:

When Liz Shaw returns from a working holiday in Spain a new and deeply disturbing case awaits.

Corporal 7891Alpha has outlived his usefulness or rather the government can no longer afford to fund the medication. And that can mean only one thing... termination!

At first glance a 'government authorised execution' is a simple enough task for the Preternatural Research Bureau (PROBE) team.

But as events unfold, and the truth about Corporal 7891Alpha is revealed, the case becomes far more complex.

Only Liz's wealth of experience, courage and determination can save the day - but not before her her moral compass is knocked off course. 

[Source: BBV]

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4 April 2015

DWO are teaming up with our friends over at SuperHeroStuff.com and are excited to share the awesomeness that is their site! 

 

 

They have a vast selection of Doctor Who merchandise including t-shirts, hoodies, hats, beanies, scarves, dresses, socks, ties, sonic screwdrivers and many other accessories! Check out all of their Doctor Who Stuff - but beware, their site is bigger on the inside!

 

  

If you only have time for browsing a little bit we suggest you take a look at the Tardis cookie jar and the Doctor Who Monopoly game currently available! And if you are looking for the perfect gift for the Doctor Who fan in your life their gift guide is the best place to start: http://www.superherostuff.com/doctor-who-gift-guide.html

 

Not are they one of the best places to get all of your Doctor Who stuff in one place but they also are running a contest right now where 1 lucky winner will get a $150 shopping spree and 9 runners-up will each get a FREE Doctor Who t-shirt of their choosing! You can enter the contest and begin to experience the awesomeness that is SuperHeroStuff.com here: http://www.superherostuff.com/superhero-contest.html

 

+  Visit the official SuperHeroStuff Website.
+  Follow SuperHeroStuff on Twitter.

[Source: SuperHeroStuff]

6 March 2015

Last week, DWO brought you a story about the current status of The Underwater Menace DVD (originally due for release in 2014, and rescheduled for 2015), and the fact that it has been removed from the 2015 schedules for the time being.

We were awaiting an official statement from BBC Consumer Products on their intentions with the title and the future of the Classic Series Doctor Who DVD range, and are pleased to report we now have that statement:

“We appreciate that some Doctor Who fans are disappointed that we have not yet been able to release The Underwater Menace on DVD. We would like to reassure everyone that we are currently reviewing the best way to bring fans more Classic Doctor Who titles. Please bear with us - we’ll let you know more as soon as we can.”

A recent petition from fans showing their support for The Underwater Menace DVD to be released, has now acquired over 1000 signatures.

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

[Source: BBC Consumer Products]

25 February 2015

Check out the fantastic range of jewellery and gifts from our friends over at Nerdtastic.

They have a truly fantastic selection of geeky charm bracelets and necklaces, and even have some Doctor Who themed pieces for you to check out!

Other fandoms include Harry Potter, The Flash, Xena, Supernatural & The Avengers!

Most items in the store are made-to-order and can take 5-7 business days before shipping (unless otherwise noted). 

[Source: Nerdtastic]

24 February 2015

The BBC DVD Enquiry Line have confirmed to DWO that The Underwater Menace DVD (originally due for release in 2014, and rescheduled for 2015) has been removed from the 2015 schedules for the time being.

The last Classic Series Doctor Who DVD release was the previously missing adventure, The Web Of Fear, which was released on 24th February 2014 - exactly a year ago today!

It is not known what the future holds for the range, but the team are currently "exploring options" and are hoping to fire up the range again later in the year.

Anyone wishing to express their support for The Underwater Menace release can do so by sending an email using the BBC's online contact form, or by sending a polite letter to:

BBC Worldwide Ltd
33 Foley Street
London
W1W 7TL
UK

Fans have also started an online petition, which you can sign, here.

DWO are expecting an official statement from BBC Consumer Products shortly and we will post more information as we get it. 

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

[Source: BBC Consumer Products]

20 February 2015

Anyone who was a fan of The 8th Doctor's TARDIS in the 1996 TV Movie, will simply love the mind-blowing Steampunk clocks by Bad Dog Designs.

We found out about Bad Dog Designs through some of DWO's visitors who asked us if we know where to buy them. After a bit of digging around, we got in touch with Paul Parry who designs the fantastic contraptions, to find out more.

Of particular interest was their 'Gemini' clock, and Paul told us a bit more about it:

"'Gemini In Tempore' Latin for 'Twins in Time' - this is a Steampunk Dual time Nixie clock with a running Steam engine and of course steam. The Nixie tube displays were the fore-runner of the LED and LCD displays we have now, popular in the 1960's and early 1970's. No longer commercially produced but have a mesmerising quality in operation as each digit is stacked on top of the other inside, so the numbers jump backwards and forwards as the digits change.

The clock also has 2 Dekatrons which were used to count and divide electrical signals in early computers, which are controlled by 2 brass knobs on the top of the clock. Situated in the centre of the clock is a gyroscope, taken from a WWII spitfire that is geared to rotate at 1 rpm. On top is a Steam beam engine, driven by a discreet electric motor, and to the LHS of the clock is a steam generator that is fed from a water reservoir inside the brass housing, and finally top RHS is a Nixie display for Temperature and Humidity.

The clock can be programmed to shut itself off at night and power down all the motors, and wake up again in the morning. 

On a technical note - the clock contains 4 microprocessors, 2 variable speed drives, 3 voltage converter / power supply units. The Steam is actually vaporised water using a piezo transducer so there is no heat or smoke involved. The clock started life as a 1942 Volt / Amp meter and the build took me approximately 3 months from initial request to finished piece."

Watch a promotional video for the Gemini clock, below:

+ Check Out the Bad Dog Designs website.
+ Follow Bad Dog Designs on Twitter.

[Source: Bad Dog Designs]

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20 February 2015

A new, fan-made Doctor Who Soundtrack by cosplayer and long-time Whovian, Ronak Shah, is available.

Doctor Who: A Type 40 Production is available on iTunes and Loudr, and features creative re-interpretations of Murray Gold’s most iconic tracks from the Doctor Who Soundtrack.

Originally released to commemorate 51 Years of Doctor Who, the album features tracks that memorialise Series 8’s most stand-out feats, be it the Show’s new homecoming direction or Clara developing a personality.

Tracks:

- This Is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home (Pizzicato Arrangement) – An iconic piece that marks the Doctor’s friendship with the Master and their lives as children on Gallifrey, and that has since been immortalised as the Doctor’s homecoming theme, reimagined using piano and strings only, and featuring the pizzicato technique.

- The Majestic Tale Of A Madman In A Box / This Is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home (Medley) – Another piano-and-strings-only remake. A medley of sorts which begins with the quintessential melody of This Is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home and concludes with the final section of The Majestic Tale (Of A Madman In A Box).

- Clara’s Theme (Autumn Arrangement) – A simple yet beautiful and soothing piano piece that serves as the theme of the incumbent – and dare I say, my favourite – Companion Clara Oswald.

+ Download Doctor Who: A Type 40 Production on iTunes.
+ Download Doctor Who: A Type 40 Production on Loudr.
+ Follow Ronak Shah on Twitter.

[Source: Ronak Shah]

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16 February 2015

Funko - the company who hold the license to make vinyl and pop culture licensed toys, have just unveiled their new Doctor Who range.

After years of requests from fans, the company finally unveiled their new ranges at last week's New York Toy Fair, and among them were 9 figures from the Doctor Who universe.

The TARDIS, The 12th Doctor, The 11th Doctor, The 10th Doctor, The 4th Doctor, A Dalek, A Cyberman, A Weeping Angel and an Adipose all feature in the first wave of Doctor Who vinyl figures.

View a gallery of the upcoming figures, below: 

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Also unveiled were some keyring versions of the above figures, which you can view below:

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+  The Doctor Who Pop Vinyl figures will be released later in 2015, priced £9.99 each.
+  PREORDER these figures from Forbidden Planet for just £8.99!

[Source:
 Funko]

11 February 2015

Big Finish have announced a brand new UNIT audio series, featuring New Series actress Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart).

Synopsis:

In this four-story box set, Kate Stewart and her UNIT team confront an alien invasion by the Nestene Consciousness and its army of plastic Autons...

Written By: Andrew Smith, Matt Fitton
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast:
Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), more details to follow...

Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: Ken Bentley

Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs 

+  Released November 2015, priced £20.00 (CD & Digital).

[Source: Big Finish Audio]

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