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11 July 2015

Further to Thursday's press release and trailer, LEGO Dimensions and Warner Bros. have sent DWO an exclusive Doctor Who image.

The image, which you can view int he right-hand column, features The Doctor, Clara and The Cybermen.

Watch the official trailer for Doctor Who LEGO Dimensions in the player, below:


[Sources: LEGO Dimensions; Warner Bros.]

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10 July 2015
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Hot on the heels of their 'Gemini' clock, our friends over at Bad Dog Designs have created a Doctor Who inspired Steampunk Nixie Clock.

Below are the product details from the Bad Dog Designs website, and you can view the clock in the image panel to the right:

The Gallifrey Time Lord Clock, made to look like it came out of The Doctor's TARDIS. A lot of time and effort went into the production of this specially made clock

The Brass top plate has Gallifray script engraved on the top which spells out the Dr's Name when viewed from above. The central blue light fades out once every 5 seconds, just like the one on top of the Tardis.

There will be a limited run of 10 of these clocks, they will all be slightly different but feature the same top plate and all signed as limited edition. 2 already sold, leaving 8 remaining. Various options can be added sonic screwdriver stands, sound chips, glowing coils. Pricing starts from £395 for the base model.

Each made to order, drop Paul a line - paul@bad-dog-designs.co.uk if you want to reserve one!

Check out the clock in action in the video player, below:

 
+  Check out Bad Dog Designs range of clocks at: http://www.bad-dog-designs.co.uk

[Source: Bad Dog Designs]

10 July 2015
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Our friends over at The Gift Shop have just taken delivery for the next wave of the exciting new range of Doctor Who statues by Robert Harrop.

The figures are each made as a limited edition, high quality, hand-painted figure. Each figure is individually numbered and presented in branded packaging, and the best part of all with these BBC licensed products, is that they are all designed in the UK.

All statues are available to order now at The Gift Shop website, with preorders up for the forthcoming wave.

All items get FREE UK delivery with worldwide delivery options also available!

+  Check out The Gift Shop website at: www.thetraditionalgiftshop.com

[Source: The Gift Shop]

9 July 2015

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


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

Peter Capaldi comments:

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

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

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

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

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

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

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

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


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


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

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

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

[Source: Hintons Home]

29 June 2015

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

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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


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

 

Product details:


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

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

-  Highly authentic flick-to-extend action

-  Grip-mounted action button

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

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

-  Stores up to 39 remote control commands

-  Customisable personal lock code

-  Ivory-coloured handle with subtle fleck

-  Redesigned copper-plated handle end

-  Gallifreyan stand for vertical presentation

-  12 new secret Morse-coded Twelfth Doctor phrases

-  12 different sonic screwdriver sound effects

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Source: Big Finish]

26 June 2015

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

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

Below is a copy of the exact tweet: 

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

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

25 June 2015

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

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

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

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

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

[Sources: BBC Consumer Products; Doctor Who Magazine]

* Image from Issue 488 of Doctor Who Magazine 

15 June 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

[Source: Superhero Stuff]

5 June 2015

DWO received loads of enquiries about a certain green ring that some of our visitors have seen online – reminiscent of the 12th Doctor’s own jewellery.  Due to the high interest we thought we’d track down the designer of this awesome steampunk, edgy jewellery and have since located Eleanor Christine Jewellery

She specialises in bespoke statement pieces and her work has a sculptural and otherworldliness about it.  She makes to commission for men and women and will happily work together with you to bring a design to life.

All of Eleanor's jewellery is made from precious metal, often with the inclusion of precious and semi-precious gems – some of them large and rugged giving them that more unusual style.

Our favourites are the big rings with checkerboard cut stones set in chunky silver, the almost alien double bump ring, and the Sputnik jewellery with all the moving parts.

+  Check out the Eleanor Christine Jewellery website for loads more great designs.

[Source: Eleanor Christine Jewellery]

21 May 2015

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, poet James Wylder and artist Olivia Hinkel have teamed up to give you a complete episode guide to Doctor Who in the form of Poetry.

Every televised Doctor Who Episode From An Unearthly Child to The Time of the Doctor is covered in the form of poetry, with some accompanying 'whoodle' illustrations. But that's not all the book contains:

-  A complete illustrated poetic guide to Doctor Who.
-  A complete poetic guide to the Sarah Jane Adventures.
-  A complete poetic guide to Torchwood
-  A complete poetic guide to K9.
-  Poems about every Doctor, the companions, monsters, other spinoffs, and the Peter Cushing films!
-  A short story written in the spirit of the show.
-  A Doctor Who cookbook by Taylor Elliott.
-  Essays by James Wylder about The Doctor's Name, River Song's Timeline, Neil Gaiman/Stephen Moffat/Russel T. Davies/Lawrence Miles contributions to the show and Why Romana is the Best Companion.
-  Essays by Andrew Gilbertson about Dalek History, and Classic Series Special Effects.

Funded on Kickstarter by Doctor Who fans, An Eloquence of Time and Space is an extravaganza of celebration for our favorite lonely Time Lord in a big blue box.

Speaking about the book, James Wylder said:

"Writing a poem about every single story ever aired about Doctor Who was difficult-- especially for the episodes that don't exist! The reconstructions fans have made are masterful, but you know they can't be as inspirational as the real thing."

+  An Eloquence Of Time And Space is Out Now, priced £15.08 / $22.50.
 ORDER NOW from Amazon.co.uk for just £12.91.
 ORDER NOW from Amazon.com for just $22.50  

[Source: James Wylder]

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]

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