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14 March 2014

Further to our recent report about Lego lifting its ban on Doctor Who Lego Cuusoo submissions, one project has now successfully achieved 10,000 votes and entered the review process.

Lego posted an official updated on GlenBricker's project page, stating:

"Congratulations, GlenBricker and Kaminoan on reaching 10,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO!

You've presented a very nice TARDIS exterior and interior playset, and an assortment of characters from which to choose. We're looking forward to considering this project in the LEGO Review, but for now excuse us while we go make an electroshock device ... just in case this really IS a Nestene plot to take over the world via a toy factory!

We now officially advance this project to the Review phase.

What happens now?

This project moves from the Idea stage to the Review stage. A "LEGO Review Board" composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. We'll build concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product. This includes factors such as playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every potential LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.

The LEGO Review Begins in May

This project qualifies for the Second 2014 Review beginning in May and ending in September. For more information about the LEGO review process, see this knowledge base article.

The review is a thorough process and from its start, and can take several months. When finished, we make a "go/no go" decision to develop and sell a product based on the Doctor Who concept.

When the review is complete, we will inform you of our decision. If green-lit, this project goes into the longest phase of the project; the Development phase. During this time, LEGO model designers refine the product and develop it for release, we create the product materials (box, instructions, marketing), and get everything ready for a production run. This also takes several months."

DWO got in touch with Glen and Jared from the GlenBricker team to discuss their Doctor Who project:

When you first heard about Lego’s plans to open up the Doctor Who projects, what was your first thought and how did you come to settle on the project you submitted?

Glen: Ha..well, I kind of had three thoughts at the same time...kind of Left Brain/Right Brain thinking with the Geeky Brain in the back interrupting...he is always interrupting.

Left Brain: Go talk to JARED RIGHT NOW! Right Brain: You don't have time for this! Geeky Brain: NESTENE PLOT!

When Jared got back with me we were totally in sync on the set.

Jared: Basically we knew we needed a TARDIS, console, and some characters (Both good and bad), I had 2/3rds of the puzzle, Glen had the other 1/3rd 

How did it feel when you found out you had made it to the review stage?

Jared: Excited and nervous, want to know NOW!

Glen: Exhausted...and Groggy,  I tried staying up for it, like New Years Eve, but I fell asleep.  I don't sleep much but I had just finished up at SXSW (http://sxsw.com/) so my body was sore from walking all over the place for five days, lugging a laptop in a backpack...so, I woke up, Laptop right in front of me...as I said, I fell asleep in front of it.  Pressed Refresh and there it was..."Achieved."

It was very exciting, but it is only the starting of the next stage.  Now is the wait, and then the review, and then the reveal.  The real awesome thing though was that I finally felt everything snap...it was kind of like a Regeneration ;).  I had focused so much on this idea and now it was done. 

Sure, I have to write up a few articles on the next stage and what this really means to Doctor Who fans who are not familiar with the Lego Cuusoo Review process.  But I had shelved all these other ideas while working on this singular concept, so it is so rejuvenating to get back to them, let all these Tangents breath: how can I do a Silurian in Lego? a Sontaran?  How do I make Granny Weatherwax's Beehive (http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/36302).

What would your dream Doctor Who Lego set be?

Jared: I think we all want a themed series, but Cuusoo is simply for a set, so I believe the dream set is much as we pitched to LEGO, A TARDIS (preferably with light and sound, like the one I made, but couldn't show due to Cuusoo restrictions), 2-3 Doctors + 2 companions, Angels, Daleks, Cybermen, and a few other aliens.  LEGO still doesn't want to load up a set with figures at a lower price point, but needs to do so, or needs to have other sets to go along with this one to capture everyone's "Cuusoo" (Wish).

Glen: That is an interesting and very intelligent question.  The easy answer is of course, the one we presented in the project.  But, it is much more complex than that.  When I make Cuusoo projects I try to take my Love of the subject (in this case, Doctor Who) and find where it intersects with the widest audience and thus greatest chance of resulting in actual production.  

It is pretty easy for high-end Lego fans like myself and Jared to recreate what we like most from Dotor Who.  The majority of episodes take place in standard cities,  future environments, and of course quarries,  all of which lend themselves well to Lego. 

There is, however, not that much Lego designed for...well...London Circa 1892...Personally, my ideal Official Doctor Who set would be one based on "The Snowmen."  There are so many great characters in that episode and great visuals.  Plus a carriage.   

A close competitor for it would be one based on "The Girl in the Fireplace."  The story is phenomenal, and again, rare visuals to be had.  There would of course be the fireplace, and those beautifully creepy Clockwork Droids! 

Man, so hard to choose.  I could of course also go for a Tom Baker set like "City of Death."

More news on the review stage as we get it... 

[Sources: DWO; Lego]

12 March 2014

Time is running out! This issue will no longer be available from 26th March 2014 so make sure you don’t miss out. From the lavish presentation pack to a beautifully framed set of stamps, the Royal Mail Doctor Who stamp collection offers fans the perfect souvenir of the world’s longest running science fiction series. 

Explore the Doctor Who collection now at Doctor Who Stamps at Royal Mail Shop or call one of the team on 08457 641 641 (+44 131 316 7483 from overseas) who will be more than happy to help. Phone lines are open between the hours of 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

+  Explore the collection now at Doctor Who Stamps at Royal Mail Shop.

[Source: Royal Mail]

7 March 2014

Doctor Who: The Web of Fear is the biggest selling classic Doctor Who title in its first week of sales in the UK, BBC Worldwide confirmed today. Approximately 15,000 copies were sold in that period, as The Web of Fear replaced Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World at the top of the week one classic Doctor Who charts. 

Both of the top two titles were believed lost forever but were returned to the BBC in 2013 sparking celebration among fans of the world’s longest-running sci-fi drama and global media interest. Unseen in the UK for over 45 years, they were discovered in a relay station in Jos, Nigeria by TV archive specialist Phillip Morris, before being lovingly restored by the Doctor Who restoration team in the UK.

They were subsequently released on iTunes, and The Web of Fear was released on DVD on Monday 24th February 2014. 300 fans gathered to enjoy a marathon screening of the two stories at the Prince Charles Cinema in London to celebrate the release of The Web Of Fear on 22nd February

Fiona Eastwood, Director of Consumer Products at BBC Worldwide said:

“We knew that The Web of Fear would be a popular release; Yetis on the London Underground – need I say more? There’s a real appetite for exploring the extensive back-catalogue of classic stories, particularly following the 50th anniversary last year, and we’re committed to continuing that exploration for Doctor Who fans in the future.”

These figures continue a successful year for Doctor Who DVDs, with strong sales across the classic range and contemporary releases alike. The 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor achieved the biggest ever week one sales for a Doctor Who title when it was released in December 2013.

+  Doctor Who: The Web of Fear is available to buy now at BBC Shop

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

7 March 2014

Our friends over at ResinSparkles would like to invite you to check out their handmade, SciFi inspired resin jewellery.

With items ranging from mini potions, fandom items and heart pendants, there will be something special for you to choose as a gift for someone else or even for yourself! Why not treat yourself to a cute K9 pendant or pair of earrings?

Pick up something special today. New items being added all the time so be sure to have a look. 

+  Visit the ResinSparkles Etsy store at: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ResinSparkles

[Source: ResinSparkles]

5 March 2014

It's something DWO has been championing for years, but could the tide be turning to finally allow official Doctor Who Lego?

According to a recent update on the official Lego Cuusoo 'License Conflicts and Resolutions' page, it seems that the doors are now open for Doctor Who related projects. The update, posted yesterday, states: 

"If your project was previously turned down, archived, or deleted due to a licensing conflict that is now resolved, you may re-submit it as a new project. Supporters from past projects cannot be applied to a future project.

Resolved Past Licensing Conflicts

We now welcome projects based on the following licenses that used to have conflicts:

Doctor Who - February 2014"

Following the news, DWO caught up with Lego PR & Promotions Manager, Emma Owen, who simply stated:

"We cannot answer any Doctor Who related questions"

It's clearly a no-go subject for the company to discuss further at this point in time, but should any of the Doctor Who Lego Cuusoo projects get more than 10,000+ votes (and we very well expect them to), then the project goes to the consideration for production phase. As this would be a Doctor Who product with Doctor Who branding, Lego would therefore need a license to distribute the product.

There are some truly fantastic Doctor Who Lego Cuusoo projects up for consideration at the moment, and one of our favourites is Andrew Clark's 'Doctor Who And Companions' project. It currently has 1700+ votes and needs 10,000+ to be considered for production, so get your votes in here!

Back at the 2013 Toy Fair, however, Lego's position on Doctor Who was clear:

"Obviously we realise the popularity is massive in the UK for Doctor Who and as I've heard as well it's popular overseas but it doesn't have that complete global appeal, which obviously we have to have when developing a product. We don't develop products that are just one country specific. It has to have mass appeal because obviously the investment that goes behind a product business-wise, we're operating on a complete business sense"

Listen to DWO's 2013 Toy Fair interview with Lego's Emma Owen, below:

We then got in touch with Character Options regarding the future of their Character Building range and were told that the company cannot confirm anything past their projected releases (seen at Toy Fair 2014).

Either way, it seems there is a delicate situation in place where Lego have thrown their hat in the ring, and are in a position to allow products for consideration. It is unlikely that the market will allow for two lines of Doctor Who brick related construction toys, but without a solid confirmation from either company we have to play the waiting game for now.

More news as we get it... 

[Sources: DWO; Lego]

21 February 2014

Our friends over at Movie Figures have been in touch with some fantastic SciFi merchandise offers.

Movie Figures is a UK reseller that sells all kinds of exciting stuff, largely inspired by the movies, but also TV too. Movie Figures focuses on three areas: Statues, Prop Replicas and Action Figures. All are at great prices with FREE delivery.

Check out some of the latest offers from Movie Figures, below:

Prop Replicas including Star Wars lightsabers from Hasbro
http://www.moviefigures.co.uk/prop-replicas-182-c.asp

Lightsabers are pretty tough to find at good prices in the UK, but Movie Figures is comparable to US pricing which is great! They stock Luke Skywalker’s (green and blue), Darth Maul’s and Darth Vader’s. They also stock a load of other interesting prop replicas from movies like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter,  The Hobbit and Star Trek with more being added all the time.

Statues including Star Wars Characters from Attakus
http://www.moviefigures.co.uk/statues-142-c.asp

These are high-end, limited edition, hand-painted statues made by French company Attakus. You can get 7” or 15” versions which range in price from £55 to £350. Many popular characters have been covered including Luke, Han, Darth Vader and many more. Also they have some of the more unusual characters like the numerous clone troopers, Bib Fortuna and more.

Action Figures Including ¼ Scale Predators from NECA
http://www.moviefigures.co.uk/action-figures-141-c.asp

NECA’s Predator action figures are almost 20” tall and offer stunning detail for the price. With a wide range of articulation, stunning texturing, netting on the skin and awesome weaponry, these guys have to be in any predator fans possession.

As for Doctor Who, Movie Figures have just started stocking some items, which can be found at: http://www.moviefigures.co.uk/zeon-doctor-who-tardis-collectors-watch-1817-p.asp

We particularly like that they are stocking the awesome Doctor Who Tardis Collector’s watch by Zeon. A perfect timepiece for any Doctor Who Fan!

Other benefits of shopping with Movie Figures:

- They offer FREE delivery within 2 to 5 days on all items.
- They have an average review of 5 stars on ReviewCentre!
- They offer a best price guarantee.
- They are a genuine UK company registered at Companies House.
- They carefully pack their items to try and ensure they get to you pristine.
- They offer a item sourcing service.

If they haven’t got what you are after, just email them at info@moviefigures.co.uk and they will do they best to help you.

+  Visit the Movie Figures website at: http://www.moviefigures.co.uk

[Source: Movie Figures]

18 February 2014

After a successful Kickstater campaign last April that raised over $10,000 in funds (82% over their original goal) and had 300+ backers from 22 different countries; PixelWho is going strong and already looking ahead to new pieces that are in the works.

The newest news is that PixelWho is looking to do another Kickstarter campaign to help fund their 9th Doctor poster creation. The image of the poster will be revealed when they launch the campaign, but for now there are plenty of 9th Doctor poster previews on their Facebook page.

The art project continues to grow in its third year. The PixelWho project is focused on recreating Doctor Who characters in 8-bit art style. The goal of the project is to be the most complete visual catalog and character dictionary for all 50 years (and counting) of Doctor Who in order to celebrate the creativity and dedication of the all the artists who have worked on the program.

The project seeks to document every character, both significant and incidental, from every Doctor's respective move/series runs. The artist, Nathan Skreslet, freeze frames DVDs and scours episode screen captures and publicity photos in order to recreate each character accurately and roughly to scale in pixel form. Every pixel is individually laid by hand; no computer conversion program is used. His art is a true labor of love which requires dedication and time.

Thanks to the successful Kickstarter campaign their newest 4th Doctor poster set was printed and is now available. It covers all of Tom Baker's epic 7 seasons run represented over two posters with over 700 characters in total. The 10th Doctor (David Tennant) and 1st Doctor (William Hartnell) poster prints are also available as well. All the Doctor posters are limited edition and individually hand-numbered, only 500 of each Doctor's posters have been made.

PixelWho has expanded to include smaller prints as well. A print featuring 11 Doctors set against a Gallifreyan symbol print was created, along with collectible character cards, and weatherproof vinyl TARDIS sticker. There's also a Tom Baker face print for 4th Doctor fans. Also don't forget the popular Every Dalek poster which chronicles the changes to the Dalek design from 1963 up to the "Asylum of the Daleks" episode, as well as the various incarnations of Davros. There's also an Every Doctor Bookmark to help keep those book pages in line.

PixelWho has also recreated the Van Gogh Exploding TARDIS image in 8-bit style. As with every art piece they do, each and every pixel is individually placed for this re-creation. Creating a swirly and flowing Van Gogh inspired artwork is not easy when limited to only using pixel squares and half pixel triangles, but it's carried off beautifully. There's even a miniature Vincent Van Gogh in the corner painting the image as a well placed Easter egg.

Interested in owning the latest artworks by PixelWho? Visit their Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/PixelWho and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PixelWho to get updates on their art projects. Nathan is now sharing preview images of the 9th Doctor poster on their Facebook page.

If you'd like to meet the artist in real life, he goes to several conventions a year and a convention schedule is listed on PixelWho's Facebook page. Both he and his wife, PixelWho's manager, love going to science fiction and comics conventions where they get to meet fans in real life, and frequently attend in cosplay themselves. Please help support this independent artist as he strives to be pixel perfect in providing a complete visual character dictionary and illustrated episode guide for Doctor Who fans.

[Source: PixelWho]

7 February 2014

Time is running out! This issue will no longer be available from 26th March 2014 so make sure you don’t miss out. From the lavish presentation pack to a beautifully framed set of stamps, the Royal Mail Doctor Who stamp collection offers fans the perfect souvenir of the world’s longest running science fiction series. 

Explore the Doctor Who collection now at Doctor Who Stamps at Royal Mail Shop or call one of the team on 08457 641 641 (+44 131 316 7483 from overseas) who will be more than happy to help. Phone lines are open between the hours of 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

+  Explore the collection now at Doctor Who Stamps at Royal Mail Shop.

[Source: Royal Mail]

5 February 2014

Doctor Who Magazine have sent DWO the cover and details for Issue 470 of DWM.

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out now, and looks back on Matt Smith's four years as the Doctor.

"A big part of me wanted to stay because it’s a wonderful job and he’s a wonderful character. My life will never be the same. I’ll never play another part quite like this…"

Also in this issue:

-  Model-maker extraordinaire MIKE TUCKER and members of the Model Unit talk exclusively to DWM about creating the visual effects for Doctor Who in 1980s.
-  Doctor Who's new executive producer BRIAN MINCHIN writes exclusively for DWM in Production Notes.
-  A detailed look at the Fact of Fiction of 1980's Meglos.
-  The Blood of Azrael – the first part of a new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Clara.
-  The Time Team welcome Donna aboard the TARDIS as they watch Partners in Crime
-  A preview of the recently rediscovered The Web of Fear on DVD.
-  A review of the newly released Moonbase DVD from Matthew Sweet.
-  Jacqueline Rayner debates the ethics of telling the truth to her children in Relative Dimensions.
-  The Watcher his favourite Doctor Who planets, and outs another helpless supporting artiste in Wotcha!.
-  Reviews of the latest DVDs, CDs and books.
-  Competitions, puzzles, and much more!

+  Doctor Who Magazine Issue #470 is out on Thursday 6th February, priced £4.99.

+  Subscribe Worldwide to DWM for just £85.00 via CompareTheDalek!

+  Check Out The DWO Guide to Doctor Who Magazine!

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

3 February 2014

Following the recent success of their Doctor Who Coins, New Zealand Mint are releasing a new five-coin series featuring Doctor Who Monsters.

The Doctor Who Monsters series is a limited mintage of 5000 coins only per release, and is crafted from ½ Ounce of fine silver (0.999). Each coin is sold with an individual presentation case, along with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity. Like recent releases, the coins will be issued under the licensing authority of Niue.

New Zealand Mint showcased this series at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration in London last November, and so it is exciting to now see the final product ready to ship. 

As a special value add for customers who purchase from their website, New Zealand Mint have reserved a block of the low certificate numbers in the series, numbers 50-999. These will be exclusively for their retail customers.

In addition, everyone who purchases the Dalek coin will have the opportunity to receive identically numbered certificates for each further release in the series, i.e if you get Dalek coin number 179, then you can also have number 179 of the next coin, and the next e.t.c.

Link: http://www.nzmint.com/coins/shop-online/doctor-who-monsters-daleks

[Source: New Zealand Mint]

27 January 2014

Doctor Who: Dark Eyes, which stars Paul McGann as The Doctor and Ruth Bradley as his new companion Molly, has won Best Online or Non-Broadcast Drama at the 2014 BBC Audio Drama Awards.

The ceremony took place on Sunday, and the award was collected by Nicholas Briggs (writer, director, executive producer and voice of the Daleks), Jason Haigh-Ellery (executive producer) and David Richardson (producer).

Commenting on the win, Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat says:

"I am completely thrilled, I am air-punching. In the wilderness years, when Doctor Who was off the air, Big Finish did so much to keep the legend alive in the hearts and minds of the fans. Now, in this time of Who abundance, it is beyond exciting to see their excellent work recognised. Hopefully this award will bring the Big Finish audios to the attention of an even wider public. Recently, on TV, we saw how the Paul McGann Doctor died - now it's time to find out he lived."

Nicholas Briggs says:

"I'm really delighted. It's so lovely to receive such recognition. And the congratulations we've received from our listeners, people at the BBC and Russell T Davies *and* Steve Moffat make it doubly rewarding."

Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery says:

"I am thrilled that we have won this prestigious award for Doctor Who: Dark Eyes.  To be recognised for a production by the BBC is an achievement that we should be very proud of. After Nick did his very heartfelt acceptance speech, I nipped up to the podium to thank two people whose support over the years has been more valuable than they would probably want people to know.  I am of course speaking of Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat.  In addition to them, I would also like to thank the small army of people who have worked with Big Finish over the last 15 years of Doctor Who – it’s been hard work – but boy, has it been fun!"

Big Finish producer David Richardson says:

"Someone asked me recently how I might one day look back at working on these Doctor Whos for Big Finish, and I said I’d remember it as the happiest time of my life. For us to win an award while having the privilege of doing such gloriously happy work is indeed an honour. Congratulations to Nick who conceived, developed, wrote and directed Dark Eyes - the whole project was very much his baby, and I was just lucky enough to produce it. And also special mention to Jason, who has made Big Finish the happy and creative company it is, and to Andy Hardwick, for his phenomenal sound design and music."

+  Order Dark Eyes on Amazon.co.uk for £40.00

[Source: Big Finish]

25 January 2014

Here at DWO we regularly get sent some truly fantastic creations from fans, and the latest from Tom Kurzanski are no exception!

Tell your companion how you feel with brand new Who-themed "ValenTime" Cards from Tom Kurzanski's Etsy shop. $10 Limited Edition sets of ten 3" x 4" glossy cards with space on the reverse to fill in the recipient and sender.

Each card boasts a character from the Who-niverse paired with an appropriate Valentine sentiment. Follow the artist on Facebook for future Whovian goodies!

Cards ship worldwide - use coupon code: KIDNEYLOVE for a 10% discount!

[Source: Tom Kurzanski]

22 January 2014

At this year's Toy Fair, Titans Vinyl Figures have unveiled the figures for their upcoming Doctor Who Gallifrey and Geronimo collections.

From the Geronimo Collection we have the new look Cyberman and the Wooden Cyberman as seen in the 2013 Christmas special The Time Of The Doctor, Clara in her ‘Souffle Girl’ outfit, Rory the Last Centurion, a terrifying Whisper Man, The ‘Monster’ Doctor from The Crimson Horror, John Hurt’s War Doctor, Amy Pond, a shape shifting Zygon, an Ice Warrior, and everyone’s favourite Sontaran butler Strax!

And from the Gallifrey Collection we have The Tenth Doctor in his Sanctuary Base 6 spacesuit and his TARDIS, which someone has graffiti’d with the words ‘Bad Wolf" - with more to be announced!

View a gallery of the upcoming figures, below: 

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[Source: Titans Vinyl]

21 January 2014

BBC Worldwide and Titan Comics team up for all-new Doctor Who comic book adventures!

In the universe of Doctor Who, regenerations bring not only a new Doctor but often a fresh look and feel to the series, and BBC Worldwide is bringing that same approach to Doctor Who comics as it signs a new deal with Titan Comics.

The deal will open up the world of Doctor Who and provide fans with new stand alone adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor and after the new series launch, the Twelfth Doctor. Creative and production teams will be announced in the coming weeks and the first comic books will be released in 2014.

The Doctor Who Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor, saw Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor regenerate into the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. The next season is now in production and will premiere in 2014. In 2013, Doctor Who set ratings and social media records for BBC America.

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

17 January 2014

Our friends at TV Store Online have another special Doctor Who giveaway. TVStoreOnline.com is offering one of  their fun Doctor Who TARDIS, Navy Blue Bath Towel's to DWO readers. This Tardis towel is made from 100% cotton and measures in inches at 30"x60". Of course, as with all TV Store Online Doctor Who items, DWO readers will only get officially licensed items for their collections. We all knew that the TARDIS could take you anywhere in time that you wanted to go, but who knew it could dry you off as well after a shower?

In addition, starting today TVStoreOnline.com is also offering DWO readers a sleek and cool looking Doctor Who TARDIS Glowing Stars White Sublimation Tee as well.  This Doctor Who t-shirt is made from 100% polyester and is available in various sizes from Adult Small to Adult 3XL. This glowing stars Doctor Tardis t-shirt is officially licensed and offers a cool design showing the Tardis from a very unique perspective.  This Doctor Who shirt will turn heads at your next comic or Doctor Who convention!

Keep calm and check out TVStoreOnline.com for their massive selection of Doctor Who t-shirts for men and women as well as other hot Doctor Who clothing items like bath towels, costumes, bathrobes, boxer shorts, baby clothes, dresses, hoodies and even Doctor Who ugly Christmas sweaters as well! TVStoreOnline.com has all of your Doctor Who merchandise needs covered.

+  For all these and more, check out TVStoreOnline.com.

[Sources: TV Store Online]

17 January 2014

In 2013, Doctor Who celebrated an impressive 50 years as one of the BBC’s most famous, well-loved and iconic TV shows. To have been scaring and enthralling children for so long is no mean feat. While current episodes are freely available on BBC iPlayer, older episodes can be located at LOVEFiLM

The Doctor

The Doctor is a time-traveller from the planet Gallifrey and looks human, but has two beating hearts. He and his fellow Gallifreyans are generally known as Time Lords, of whom the Doctor is the only one still alive. 

The Doctor has been played, since 1963, by 12 different actors, from the original Doctor, William Hartnell, to the incumbent incarnation in the form of Matt Smith, who looks much younger than Hartnell’s Doctor, despite being hundreds of years older. The reason the Doctor has taken so many forms, is that he can regenerate. 

The Doctor’s time machine/home is the TARDIS, which takes the form of an old-fashioned police box and has been ever-present since the show’s inception. 

The Time Lords

The Time Lords - of whom the Doctor is a member – are an ancient civilisation of beings that closely resemble humans. Time Lords receive their name, not only because of their ability to travel rapidly through time and space, but because of the way in which they perceive time in a completely non-linear fashion, which in turn allows them to see ‘everything that was, is and could be’ simultaneously.  

Villains in Doctor Who

The most well-known enemies of the Doctor are undoubtedly the Daleks - cyborgs created by a mad scientist called Davros, who genetically-modified a race of extra-terrestrial beings called Kaleds to be complete devoid of compassion or empathy. While the only emotion they feel is hate, their most well-known catchphrase is ‘Exterminate! Exterminate!’ In these ways, the Daleks are seen as polar-opposites of the Doctor. 

Other persistent enemies of the Doctor are the Cybermen, who descend from organic species of humainoids from the planet Mondas. They first appeared in 1966 and continue to make appearances today. The Cybermen began to implant more and more artificial parts to their bodies in order to survive the worsening climate on their planet, but this led to an unfortunate side-effect of becoming cold and machine-like in their bid for self-preservation.

A Cultural Phenomenon

Doctor Who has a huge global fanbase, and has become ingrained in British culture and indeed the outside perception of the British nation, spawning not only TV episodes, but radio programmes and novelizations. Doctor Who is regularly the subject of fan conventions, at which the actors who have played different characters, as well as different incarnations of the legendary protagonist, are often the guests of honour.  

[Source: Discovery Media]

15 January 2014

BBC Digital have released the cover art and details for their forthcoming Doctor Who eBook, Tales Of Trenzalore.

As it had been foretold, the armies of the Universe gathered at Trenzalore. Only one thing stood between the planet and destruction – the Doctor. For nine hundred years, he defended the planet, and the tiny town of Christmas, against the forces that would destroy it. 

He never knew how long he could keep the peace. He never knew what creatures would emerge from the snowy night to threaten him next. He knew only that at the end he would die on Trenzalore.

Some of what happened during those terrible years is well documented. But most of it remains shrouded in mystery and darkness.

Until now. 

This is a glimpse of just some of the terrors the people faced, the monstrous threats the Doctor defeated. These are the tales of the monsters who found themselves afraid - and of the one man who was not. 

Tales of Trenzalore documents four of the Doctor’s adventures from different periods during the Siege of Trenzalore and the ensuing battle: 

Let it Snow – by Justin Richards
An Apple a Day – by George Mann
Strangers in the Outland – by Paul Finch
The Dreaming – by Mark Morris

+  Tales Of Trenzalore is released on 27th February 2014, priced £2.99.
+  Preorder via Amazon.co.uk for just £2.49. 

[Source: BBC Digital]

5 January 2014

Our friends over at The Film Cell have just uploaded some fantastic new Doctor Who gifts and fancy dress ideas ideal for all those cosplay readers. They have a great range of official BBC Dr Who scarves and knitwear made to look just like the ones wore in the 1970’s & 80’s. Are you looking to dress up as your favourite Doctor? Then they also have some great Doctor Who Fancy Dress ideas which will help make your party or event extra special. 

If you are a fan of Sylvester McCoy they have 2 items that are going to blow you away. Firstly there is one of the most famous jumpers/tank tops of all time, the question mark top as worn by the 7th Doctor, McCoy. This is now available in a number of different sizes from small to extra large, a must-have item for fans of the McCoy era. 

To finish off the McCoy look they also have the 7th Doctor Who scarf which is both highly collectable as well as wearable. This authentic silk scarf comes presented in a collectors box, so makes a great presents for birthdays or Doctor Who gift for fans of the original series, Whovian’s or yourself this winter.

Not a McCoy fan? Then check out their iconic Doctor Who scarf as wore by Tom Baker which is an amazing 13 foot in length, that’s almost 4 meters long. This is one of the most iconic items of clothing from the original Doctor Who series especially while Tom Baker was playing the time lord between 1974 & 1981.

Their range of Doctor Who Fancy Dress are also now available, these were very popular at Christmas parties and continued their success on New Year’s Eve parties. If you are looking for a complete costume and haven’t got the time to make up the look yourself with the accessories above then these are a much easier option. These complete outfits are also a great idea for sci-fi events around the UK with the 50th Anniversary being such a big hit.

They have 3 options available currently, if you are a fan of the original series you can dress up as the 4th Doctor, Tom Baker. With the iconic scarf and wide-brimmed hat the costume is complete with all in one top.

If you’ve only just started to get into Doctor Who over the past few years then the next two options will probably be more to your taste, David Tennant at Matt Smith. The 10th Doctor costume comes complete with long sleeved jacket & mock waistcoat and shirt with tie all in one. Where as the 11th Doctor comes complete with long sleeved jacket & mock shirt with iconic bow tie.

Ideal if you are looking to dress up as a group why not all dress up as a different Doctor? There is also the weeping angel costume ideal for the ladies who want to join in and don’t want to choose one of the many assistants our favourite time lord has had over the years.  

They also have some of these products on SALE in their January sale so make sure you check out www.thefilmcell.com for all you movie and TV needs. All you will need now is a time machine and Sonic screwdriver which you can also get from The Film Cell. Unfortunately they don’t sell time machines!!

+  For all these and more, check out The Film Cell.

[Sources: The Film Cell]

3 January 2014

2013 was quite a year for The Doctor. As well as celebrating his 50th Anniversary and regenerating at Christmas, The Doctor was also the subject of a special stamp issue from Royal Mail.

The eleven stamps, launched in March and all at 1st Class value, feature eleven of the actors who have played the role of the Time Lord over the last 50 years, from William Hartnell right through to Matt Smith. The Doctors are also joined by stamps of some of their fiercest adversaries, such as the Daleks and Cybermen, who have enthralled generations of fans.

And it’s not too late to get your hands on the Doctor Who stamps and collectibles. From the presentation pack to the framed set of the Doctor Who stamps, the Royal Mail collection offers Doctor Who fans the perfect memento of one of the biggest years in our hero’s history.

+  Explore the collection now at Doctor Who Stamps at Royal Mail Shop.

[Source: Royal Mail]

29 December 2013

Here at DWO were always keen to help out our friends from other sites and companies, and Martin Johnson (of Big Finish acclaim) is no exception. His brand new Science Fiction audio drama series, Osiris, is entering the last few days of its Kickstarter project.

Osiris Synopsis:

A spaceship buried beneath Sherwood Forest for thousands of years brings epic unexpected space adventure to Jason Fox.

Check out the video promo for Osiris, below:

The kickstarter project ends on 31st December 2013!

+  Preorder Osiris via Everybodyelse now!

[Source: Martin Johnson] 

12 December 2013

Doctor Who Magazine have sent DWO the cover and details for Issue 468 of DWM.

Doctor Who Magazine joins in the festive spirit with a bumper-sized 100-page Christmas issue. And to celebrate the fact that Christmas Day will see the broadcast of the 800th episode of Doctor Who, the mag comes complete with a HUGE double sided-poster – one side celebrating Matt Smith's years as the Doctor, and the other featuring images from every single episode – all 800 of them! – since the series began.

Also inside this issue:

-  The Time of the Doctor – a preview of the Christmas Special, with exclusive new photographs.
-  Steven Moffat talks exclusively to DWM in an in-depth interview.
-  The life and times of Doctor Who's first writer, Anthony Coburn.
-  DWM tells the previously unknown story of one of the men instrumental in the creation of Doctor Who: CE 'Bunny' Webber.
-  The DWM Review of 2013.
-  The Watcher’s Guide to the Eleventh Doctor.
-  A look back at the Doctor Who Celebration at the ExCeL.
-  A Christmas Carol - an in-depth guide to Matt Smith's first Christmas Special.
-  Production Notes – showrunner Steven Moffat talks candidly about the biggest day of his career.
-  Pay the Piper Part 1 - a brand new comic strip.
-  Author Jacqueline Rayner looks back on Doctor Who's Christmas past.
-  The Time Team watch 2007's Voyage Of The Damned.
-  The Watcher’s Fiendishly Festive Christmas Quiz!
-  Competitions, puzzles, and much more!

+  Doctor Who Magazine Issue #468 is Out Today, priced £5.99.

+  Subscribe Worldwide to DWM for just £85.00 via CompareTheDalek!

+  Check Out The DWO Guide to Doctor Who Magazine!

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

4 December 2013

Forbidden Planet have teamed up with Character Options for another Exclusive Doctor Who Toy.

'The Other Doctor' action figure features The Other Doctor as played by John Hurt, from the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special; The Day Of The Doctor.

Product Details:

The ‘Other Doctor’ is the Doctor’s dark chapter, a hitherto unknown incarnation whose existence has spent centuries repressing a secret he wants no one to know of.

He is a relic of the past, part of the great Time War, when he spent centuries fighting alongside his fellow Time Lords against the Daleks and made the final decision to end it with a desperate act that cost that incarnation the right to use the name “Doctor”.

This haunted and battle-worn Other Doctor is finally forgiven after helping find a new solution to end the war, giving the Eleventh Doctor a new purpose as he heads into further adventures.

Contents:

•  The Other Doctor Action Figure.
•  The Other Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver Accessory.
•  The Moment Accessory.
•  The Eighth Doctor alternate head.

+  'The Other Doctor' action figure is released on 28th February 2014, priced £14.99.
+  Preorder Now from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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22 November 2013

Our friends over at Buckingham Covers have some rare Doctor Who first day covers, but with some limited editions of only 50 or less, these are only for a select few.

Most will be snapped up by first day cover collectors because Buckingham first day covers are world renowned in the stamp world.

That means few, true Doctor Who fans will even hear of them, let alone get a chance to buy one - but DWO followers, here’s your chance! 

Royal Mail is selling Doctor Who first day covers too but don’t be confused. The ones on offer from Buckingham are much smaller editions and are more sought after by collectors. Also, Buckingham Covers has a reputation for offering top autographs – always genuine – on their first day covers.

So far their Doctor Who covers have been hand signed by:

Sylvester McCoy (7th Doctor)
Colin Baker (6th Doctor)
Tom Baker (4th Doctor)
Peter Davison (5th Doctor)
Nicola Bryant (Peri)
Louise Jameson (Leela)
Bonnie Langford (Mel)

with more autographs expected to be announced in the next few months.

+  Check them out at: www.buckinghamcovers.com/doctorwho

[Source: Buckingham Covers]

21 November 2013

Our friends over at Puffin Books have sent DWO some more details on the anthology of eleven stories by some of the most exciting names in children's fiction!

The print edition of '11 Doctors, 11 Stories' is the culmination of a year-long series of eBooks to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who.

Eleven stories, eleven authors, eleven unique interpretations of the Doctor: his terrifying alien enemies and his time-travelling adventures.

The authors involved in this exciting project are Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Malorie Blackman, Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson, Derek Landy and Neil Gaiman

+  11 Doctors, 11 Stories is Out Now, priced £12.99.

+  Order your copy now via Amazonhttp://amzn.to/1eP9Pdl

[Source: Puffin Books]

19 November 2013

To celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary the new issue of Radio Times (on sale from Tuesday 19th November) features 12 different collectable covers each with a different Doctor and monsters from their era, with 26 pages on the iconic show inside.

The first cover can be seen to the right with three covers being unveiled every day from Saturday 16th November to Tuesday 19th November on the Radio Times DiscoverTV app.

Radio Times DiscoverTV is a new daily TV and radio recommendations and discovery service; helping you discover your new favourite programmes today wherever they are - on TV, catch-up or on-demand.

Available on iPad and optimised for iOS7, Radio Times DiscoverTV is a freemium app with a 30-day free trial of the premium features. A free limited service is available without subscription with easy-to use, 14 day customised TV and radio listings, by provider and location, and basic programme information. Download for free here.

What's in the 50th Anniversary Special Issue?

Why you can't destroy the Doctor, by Steven Moffat
The show-runner writes exclusively for Radio Times on a cultural legacy so strong that it even endured a 16-year television hiatus. Not that he would ever let that happen again, of course…

Retrospectives of each Doctor
From the first Doctor, William Hartnell, to the 11th, Matt Smith, we examine each Time Lord's era, taking in companions, villains and using exclusive archive interviews with the actors themselves. It’s the ultimate guide to the mad man in a box.

Interviews with Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt
It’s not all about the past, though, for The Day of the Doctor is coming. Radio Times talks to Matt Smith and David Tennant about acting together – “Have I just woken out of a dream?” asks the tenth Doctor – while screen legend John Hurt (the War Doctor) tells us why he wasn’t a fan of the 1963 series. 

Interactive issue
The issue is not just packed with great Doctor Who words and pictures, it also contains a treasure trove of interactive content, such as video, 3D pages and detailed guides. To access the interactive content, simply download the free Blippar app to your smartphone or tablet; then open the app and hold your device over the interactive symbols.

Start with the cover to reveal an exclusive video message from the 11th Doctor, and the opportunity to create and star in your own Radio Times Doctor Who cover to share on social media.

Inside, there’s even more, including a comprehensive episode-by-episode guide for each Doctor, animated and video Doctor Who content, over 100 pictures from the Radio Times Doctor Who archive, a gallery of all Radio Times's Doctor Who covers, plus exclusive 3D content.  

An exclusive shot from The Day of the Doctor
The tenth Doctor and Joanna Page’s Queen Elizabeth I look rather cosy, don't they?

My love of Doctor Who, by BBC Director General Tony Hall
The DG writes exclusively for Radio Times about how he fell in love with Doctor Who in 1963 and is now thrilled to be the man in charge at its height. He even tells a nifty little tale of how he once flew the Tardis…  

Interviews with famous Doctor Who fans
Charlie Brooker, Jonathon Ross and Jo Whiley are among the stars sharing their favourite Who moments in extracts from Steve Berry’s book, From Behind The Sofa.

Win the Doctor’s actual bow tie!
And finally, as if we haven’t spoilt you lot enough, we’re also giving readers a chance to a win a money-can’t-buy prize: the bow tie worn by Matt Smith’s Doctor on screen.

Twelve collectible covers
View all 12 covers in our gallery, below:

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 +  Buy this issue of Radio Times as well as past issues from CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: Radio Times]

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