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14 September 2014

Our friends over at The Film Cell have put together some fantastic Christmas present ideas for you Whovians out there. They have come up with a couple of fantastic Doctor Who gift hampers pulling together some fantastic merchandise and memorabilia into nicely finished parcels that you won't event have to wrap. At the moment they have two styles but they have told us that there will be more to come between now and Christmas so keep checking there website and Facebook pages for all the latest info. 

Firstly they have the 11th Doctor Hamper which features Doctor Who collectables themed around Matt Smith's character. The hamper includes an 11th Doctor dressing gown to help you wined down after a busy week at work. A Matt Smith 3D mug that you can take into the office, a Sonic Screwdriver pizza cutter (you know what to do with this, it even makes the SFX when slicing through pizza, how cool) and a Ceramic Tardis money box to save up for your next piece of memorabilia. All this for the fantastic price of just £69.99, I know I'd be happy to wake up with one of these under my tree on Christmas morning.
 
But that's not it, if you are a fan of the older Doctor Who series or Matt Smith isn't your favourite Doctor then take a look at this next hamper they have on offer. They are calling this their Doctor Who Night In Gift Hamper. This has everything you need for a night in watching your favourite Doctor Who episode or catching the latest series on TV every Saturday night. 
 
First up you will get a Tardis onesie ideal for relaxing on the sofa, while you are sitting down chilling you are going to need some nibbles. That's where the ceramic Tardis cookie jar comes in handy. But you don't have to use this just for your favourite biscuits, why not fill it with popcorn, sweet or any other snacks. As it's a Tardis you will be able to cram in more than you would think, it's much bigger on the inside... The package also includes a very useful Sonic Screwdriver bottle opener, so you have your beverage sorted you just need something to drink it out of. That's right, you can use the 3D figural mug that also comes in the hamper, the character mug is chosen at random but you can ask for a set character when placing the order. Again this is all available for the price of just £69.99 saving you around 20% if you bought the items separately. And the gift wrap service is thrown in for FREE, so you can sit back and smile while everyone around you struggles to wrapping up their Christmas present in a mad rush.
 
They also have loads more hampers available for you to look through from other TV shows and movies such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Hobbit and many more. We love the Star Wars kitchen hamper. If you are stuck for present ideas this Christmas or if you are looking for a special birthday gift then take a look at The Film Cell's gift hampers and follow them on Facebook for all the latest news and Doctor Who memorabilia.

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

[Sources: The Film Cell]
9 September 2014

Fans of Doctor Who have much to be excited about at present, with the successful return of the television series and a new Doctor to get to know. In addition, Character Options is delighted to unveil the much anticipated action figure for the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor, as portrayed by Peter Capaldi.

A great gift for fans and collectors alike, this poseable range of 3.75 inch action figures include some iconic characters from the hit TV show. The new assortment includes favourite characters from the past and present series, including the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth incarnation of the famous Time Lord, his fiery former companion Amy Pond and two versions of the Daleks; classic design and Asylum design (as seen in Asylum of the Daleks).

For collectors wishing to complete their line-up of Time Lords the Twelfth Doctor can be found in two guises; in his regenerated form as seen in the The Time of the Doctor and in his stylish new outfit which will become more familiar as Series 8 progresses; resplendent in black long-line jacket, waistcoat, trousers and boots.

This latest figure will be first of the Twelfth Doctor in his own unique style and is eagerly awaited by fans. In fact, the range is so highly anticipated that Character Options had to air freight more figures in order to meet demand. The figure promises to be one of the most successful to date...!

Each figure is presented on its own red Doctor Who Display case (excluding Dalek figures).

+  The new wave of figures are Out Now, priced £6.99 each.
+  Order Now from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Character Options]

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20 August 2014

Doctor Who Online is pleased to announce the publication of Will Brooks’ 50 Year Diary: Volume Two 1970-1981.

In celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, Will Brooks sits down to watch every episode of the programme made between 1963 - 2013 at the strict pace of one per day.

Having watched each episode, Will records his thoughts in a daily blog for Doctor Who Online, and scores the episode out of ten, on a scale ranging from ‘Perfect, the absolute pinnacle’ to ‘Why am I doing this again?’

Will Brooks’ 50 Year Diary: 1970 - 1981 collects together more than 300 entries of the popular blog, covering the complete eras of the Third and Fourth Doctors (Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker), as well as a revisit to the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) stories The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear, episodes of which were returned to the BBC's archive in 2013, having been missing for many decades.

Speaking about the publication of the book, Will told DWO:

“The 1970s was the part of The 50 Year Diary that I was dreading the most. I'd always thought of Jon Pertwee as being my least favourite of all the Doctors, and while I knew Tom Baker was very good, I'd never quite understood the sheer love for that era of the programme.

Having now had the chance to watch through, I've realised that there's a lot to Pertwee's Doctor that I can enjoy, and the reason that the Baker era is considered to be such a Golden Age is because, in many ways, it is! I've found things to enjoy at almost every turn, although not everything was to my tastes...”

The book is released on September 25th 2014.

+  You can pre-order the paperback version of Will Brooks’ 50 Year Diary 1970 - 1981 now from Pageturner Publishing for £14.99.

+  The book is also available for Kindle, and can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK and US. 

[Source: Doctor Who OnlinePageturner Publishing]

19 August 2014

SockShop.co.uk is celebrating the new series of Doctor Who with a range of Official Doctor Who socks.

The online sock retailer, home to the ‘world’s largest sock selection’, launched the collection – which features a variety of Doctor Who designs - as part of its Cartoon Heroes range.

Available in sizes for children, ladies and men, up to ‘big foot’ size 13, the socks are available to buy now at www.sockshop.co.uk*.

The cotton socks can be purchased in packs of three, with different designs featuring The Doctor’s famous TARDIS logo, The Daleks and the face of one of The Cybermen.

SockShop delivers worldwide with FREE UK delivery for orders of £30 or more.

+  Shop the SockShop Official Doctor Who Sock range here: http://www.sockshop.co.uk/by_brand/cartoon_heroes/doctor-who-socks/index.html

*Subject to availability. While stocks last.

[Source: SockShop]

31 July 2014

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

'The Impossible Set' features The Doctor from 'The Snowmen' and Clara from 'Asylum Of The Daleks'.

Product Details:

Clara and the Doctor: Linked through time in the most impossible way!

Clara 'Oswin' Oswald: The Impossible Girl. She and the Doctor first met on the Dalek Asylum planet where she claimed to have been fending off Dalek attacks for a year, making soufflés - where did she get the milk and eggs? Oswin agreed to deactivate the forcefield around the planet, but when human the Doctor went to rescue her, he discovered the terrible truth. Oswin wasn't a girl any longer, but actually an insane Dalek who, unable to cope with her conversion, had retreated into a fantasy world. Oswin fulfilled her promise of helping the Doctor, telling him to "Run. Run, you clever boy, and remember..." They will meet again... and again.

The Doctor, appalled by his inability to save Amy and Rory from the Weeping Angels, retreated to Earth and hid himself and the TARDIS away from the Universe. Another chance but ill-fated meeting with Clara Oswald in snowy Victorian London pulled him out of his solitude and set him back on a new adventure.... to find the Impossible Girl!

Set details:

Presented here in the Impossible Set, together but apart, are the Eleventh Doctor in his iconic Victorian frock coat from The Snowmen, and Oswin Oswald, the Impossible Girl, in her iconic red dress from Asylum of the Daleks. The Doctor's outfit features his top hat and jacket with fur and brocade detailing. Oswin's outfit is a one piece red dress with her soufflé-making accessory belt. The set is presented in a unique double sided foil embellished SDCC collector pack with 'peephole' Dalek eye window on one side and a Victorian winter vista on the other.

Contents:

•  The 11th Doctor in Victorian Frock Coat Action Figure.
•  Oswin Oswald Action Figure.
•  Souffle Accessory.

** Previously available as a San Diego Comic Con 2014 Exclusive, this set is now available exclusively through Forbidden Planet

+  'The Impossible Set' is released in August 2014, priced £29.99.
+  Order Now from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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18 July 2014

Everybodyelse Productions announced today that they have just finished recording the first two episodes of a new science-fiction audio drama series called Osiris.

Osiris tells the story of Nottingham graphic designer Jason Fox who stumbles upon a spaceship buried deep beneath the roots of the Major Oak tree in Sherwood Forest. Jason, his best friend William Tyler and his sister Melissa Fox are then taken on a dangerous adventure where they are chased by government authorities and then hunted by a ruthless alien assassin across the solar system.

Osiris is a fun cinematic adventure on audio! It is not a narrated audiobook, but a full-cast audio drama that sounds like a Hollywood film. The cast details are as follows:

Jason Fox - Christian Edwards (Doctor Who: Daleks Among Us)
William Tyler - Robert Whitelock (Hercules, Doctor Who: The Bells of Saint John)
Melissa Fox - Liz White (Life on Mars, The Woman in Black)
General Stone - Colin McFarlane (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight)
Jessica - Georgia Moffett (Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Daughter, Spooks: Code 9)

Episode 1: Pilot is written by Martin Johnson and Episode 2: Osirian Enemy is written by Daniel Lacey. Both are directed by Lisa Bowerman and produced by Martin Johnson. The episodes will be released together as a feature-length format presented in 5.1 surround sound on a Special Limited Edition DVD, a world first for audio drama! They will also be available singularly on CD and digital download released at a later date.

We are also running a competition! Anyone who pre-orders the Limited Edition DVD will be in with a chance of receiving two posters, one for each episode, signed by the entire cast and production team. There will be 2 winners announced after release. The closing date is 15th August, 2014.

Osiris can now be pre-ordered from the Everybodyelse Productions website www.everybodyelse.co.uk in the following formats:

-  Released 15th August 2014 – Special Limited Edition DVD (1000 copies only, numbered) Volume One: Episodes 1 and 2 in a feature-length format presented in 5.1 surround sound with exclusive extra content. This is a world first for audio drama!
-  Released 12th September 2014Episode 1: Pilot - CD Release
-  Released 10th October 2014Episode 2: Osirian Enemy - CD Release

+  Like the Everybodyelse Productions Facebook page!
+  Listen to the Osiris "Sherwood" Teaser!

Download formats will be available on the CD release dates via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and more.

[Source: Martin Johnson] 

16 July 2014

BBC Books have released the cover art and details for their forthcoming 12th Doctor novel, The Blood Cell.

The Blood Cell
By James Goss

"Release The Doctor - or the killing will start." 

An asteroid in the furthest reaches of space - the most secure prison for the most dangerous of criminals. The Governor is responsible for the worst fraudsters and the cruellest murderers. So he's certainly not impressed by the arrival of the man they're calling the most dangerous criminal in the quadrant. Or, as he prefers to be known, the Doctor. 

What does impress the Governor is the way the new prisoner immediately sets about trying to escape. And keeps trying. Finally, he sends for the Doctor and asks him why? But the answer surprises even the Governor. And then there's the threat - unless the Governor listens to the Doctor, a lot of people will die. 

Who is the Doctor and what's he really doing here? Why does he want to help the Governor? And who is the young woman who comes every day to visit him, only to be turned away by the guards? 

When the killing finally starts, the Governor begins to get his answers...

+  The Blood Cell is released on 11th September 2014, priced £6.99.
+  Preorder via Amazon.co.uk for just £5.24. 

[Source: BBC Books]

16 July 2014

BBC Books have released the cover art and details for their forthcoming 12th Doctor novel, The Crawling Terror.

The Crawling Terror
By Mike Tucker

"Well, I doubt you'll ever see a bigger insect."

Gabby Nichols is putting her son to bed when she hears her daughter cry out. 'Mummy there's a daddy longlegs in my room!' Then the screaming starts... Alan Travers is heading home from the pub when something rushes his face - a spider's web. Then something huge and deadly lumbers from the shadows... Kevin Alperton is on his way to school when he is attacked by a mosquito. A big one. Then things get dangerous.

But it isn't the dead man cocooned inside a huge mass of web that worries the Doctor. It isn't the swarming, mutated insects that make him nervous. It isn't an old man's garbled memories of past dangers that intrigue him. 

With the village cut off from the outside world, and the insects becoming more and more dangerous, the Doctor knows that no one is safe. Not unless he can decode the strange symbols engraved on an ancient stone circle, and unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War.

+  The Crawling Terror is released on 11th September 2014, priced £6.99.
+  Preorder via Amazon.co.uk for just £5.24

[Source: BBC Books]

16 July 2014

BBC Books have released the cover art and details for their forthcoming 12th Doctor novel, Silhouette.

Silhouette
By Justin Richards

"Vastra and Strax and Jenny? Oh no, we don't need to bother them. Trust me." 

Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra. 

Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran. 

The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers. 

How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all? This is where the Doctor and Clara come in. The Doctor and his friends find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one are what they seem. Can they unravel the truth before the most dangerous weapon ever developed is unleashed on London?

+  Silhouette is released on 11th September 2014, priced £6.99.
+  Preorder via Amazon.co.uk for just £5.24. 

[Source: BBC Books]

10 July 2014

Are you guys hungry for some of the best official band, movie, gaming and of course Doctor Who merchandise online? How about some of the coolest alternative clothing and street wear?

Well, just pay our friends over at www.fourleafclothing.co.uk a visit and we're sure you'll find exactly what you're looking for.

Fourleaf supply a huge range of T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, belts and bags from all of your favourite bands, movies, games, tv shows and comics! You'll even find more obscure items such as mugs, bottle openers, coasters and so much more...

What's that? Still not convinced? Well how about an exclusive discount off ANY order? Just enter the code DRWHO at checkout and you'll recieve 20% off your purchase!

+  Movies, Gaming & TV: http://www.fourleafclothing.co.uk/movies-gaming-tv~h-22
+  Doctor Who: http://www.fourleafclothing.co.uk/DR-WHO~c-3254

[Source: Fourleaf Clothing]

25 June 2014

One of the biggest requests we get here on DWO is from fans looking to buy a wide range of SciFi related clothing.

We recently came into contact with the awesome team over at Eyesore Merch; a Music and Entertainment merchandise company based in the UK.

Eyesore Merch stock a huge range of T-Shirts, hoodies, jackets, hats and bags from your favourite bands, Movies, TV shows, Comics and Video Games, and we’re thrilled to announce we have teamed up with them to introduce their range of Star Wars and Star Trek merchandise.

Whether you are looking for an 'Empire Strikes Back' or ‘Yoda' T-Shirt or perhaps an official Star Trek ‘Command', ‘Sciences' or ‘Ops’ uniform then you can be sure to find something that you’ll love within their extensive range.

Head over to the Eyesore Merch store now to check out the full ranges:

+  STAR WARS: http://eyesoremerch.com/film-tshirts/s/star-wars-tshirts
+  STAR TREK: http://eyesoremerch.com/tv-show-tshirts/s/star-trek-tshirts

[Source: Eyesore Merch]

20 June 2014

Our friends over at Ultra Records are pleased to announce the release of Frontload’s newest track, appropriately titled ‘Dr. Who’.

Their latest beat combines the group’s signature electronic sound while modernising the popular Doctor Who theme song from the long running British television series, which is currently in its 51st year worldwide.

The owners to the publishing rights of the Doctor Who intro theme gave their stamp of approval by clearing the theme part of the track.

Dr. Who’ is a follow up to the group’s previous popular track titled Rebels (Wake Up).

Hear the listening track for 'Dr Who' via Ultra Music's YouTube channel, below:

+  Download Frontload’s ‘Dr. Who’ on iTunes, here.
+  Stream Frontload’s 'Dr. Who', here.

[Source: Elaine Karlsson Management]

16 June 2014

New Rock group; Space Elevator, have released a new track, titled 'I Will Find You (Gallifrey Dreams)', as a tribute to Doctor Who.

DWO visitors wanting to listen to the song can download it here: http://www.spaceelevatorband.com/mp3-download/.

The password to download it is Gallifrey and you also need to include your email address.

You can also watch the music video, which features the track, below:

 
Space Elevator’s Lead Singer (and huge Doctor Who fan) ‘The Duchess’ says:

“Quite simply, our debut album is all about space and would not be complete without a Dr Who song. The song is a tribute as I have a Time Lord crush in all his incarnations. There’s something there for every woman! He’s strong, intelligent, unobtainable (crucial), he will fight daleks and cybermen..he has two hearts.. lol! ...or maybe I’m the only girl that dreamt of what her own Tardis would look like inside?”

The album Space Elevator (Cat No SECD1) is Out Now at HMV, Amazon and all good record stores, with the vinyl album (SELP1) being released on 14th July 2014. 

[Source: Paul Sabin]

6 June 2014

FTS Media have announced that their fan-funded documentary, ‘Doctor Who: Celebrating 50 Years of Fandom’, is available now on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as Video On Demand! This celebratory film explores what makes Doctor Who fans so special, and how not only has the show influenced them, but how they have influenced the show in return!

Featuring interviews with actress Louise Jameson, and members of the production team like Robert Shearman and prop builder Nick Robatto, this documentary is sure to “strike a chord with any Doctor Who Fan” (Who-News.com). They also take a trip across the globe to meet Michelle Osorio, a filmmaker from California who just so happens to have a Dalek named Gary in her garage! Most importantly though they speak to the fans, as without them, Doctor Who wouldn’t have been back on our screens for a 50th anniversary episode and this film would never have been made! “A thought-provoking and affectionate look at how fandom has evolved in 50 years” (The Gallifrey Times), this is one documentary you really can’t afford to miss!

With a string of 5 star reviews under their belt, ‘Doctor Who: Celebrating 50 Years of Fandom’ really is a must for any fan! Joe Lidster, writer for Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and a string of Big Finish stories called it a “fantastic and insightful documentary that shows the fun fandom can bring!”, while Lisa Bowerman (Karra in ‘Survival’ and Bernice Summerfield for Big Finish) commented that 50 Years of fandom “reflects absolutely, and with huge affection the impact Doctor Who has had on peoples' lives. It plots the progress of fandom in all its diversity - talks to the people who know, and treats its subject with great respect. Brilliant.” 

Doctor Who: Celebrating 50 Years of Fandom’ is available to purchase from their official website at www.ftsmedia.co.uk, priced at £9.99 for the DVD (here) or £13.99 for the Blu-ray (here

There’s also a whopping 70 minutes of Special Features on the Blu-ray version of the film, including full-length interviews with Louise Jameson & Robert Shearman, and an EXCLUSIVE 10 Questions with Louise, where she answers YOUR questions. Want to know if she’s worn her Leela costume since leaving the show? Then you’ll have to buy the Blu-ray to find out!

+  Celebrating 50 Years Of Fandom is Out Now, priced £9.99 (DVD) / £13.99 (Blu-ray).

[Source: FTS Media]

13 May 2014

In this week’s Radio Times, on sale Today (for listings 17th-23rd May 2014) Steven Moffat recalls writing The Day Of The Doctor, revealing it was the most “difficult” and “terrifying” thing he has ever written and reveals why he chose Peter Capaldi to be the new Doctor.

Steven Moffat writes:

“When you choose a Doctor, you want somebody who is utterly compelling, attractive in a very odd way. None of the Doctors are conventionally attractive, but they’re all arresting. Handsome men don’t quite suit. Matt Smith’s a young, good-looking bloke from one angle but is actually the strangest looking man from another. You need that oddity; you need somebody who is carved out of solid star, really. Doctor Who is a whopping great star vehicle, despite the fact it changes star every so often.” 

The Day Of The Doctor is one of the nominees for this year’s Radio Times Audience Award at the British Academy Television Awards 2014 – the only BAFTA award open to public vote. Voting is open until 12pm Thursday 15th May, the winner will be announced on Sunday 18th May.

The new issue of Radio Times also includes 16-page guide to the Bafta TV Awards 2014 featuring David Attenborough, Dominic West, Rory Kinnear, Helen George, Laura Carmichael, Natalie Dormer and much, MUCH more...

+  Radio Times is out Today, priced £1.80.

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

[Source: Radio Times]

30 April 2014

Doctor Who Magazine have sent DWO the cover and details for Issue 473 of DWM.

The Seventh Doctor’s Era is remembered in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine!

Former Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel examines how the series was reinvented for a new generation…

In an exclusive feature for DWM, Andrew catches up with the writers he employed back in the late 1980s, when he was the script editor of Doctor Who. Stephen Wyatt, Malcolm Kohll and Ian Briggs reveal what it was like writing the show then – and discuss how their stories paved the way for the modern reinvention of the show.

What does Ian Briggs think of Doctor Who today? "I think it's fantastic. Russell T Davies' approach was a vivid re-imagining, taking the basic principles and doing them in a way TV is now made instead of just continuing from the 1980s... That's the great achievement of Russell T Davies – and Steven Moffat, since he took over. Stylistically in both senses, technical style and storytelling style, the show is bang up to date...."

Also in this issue:

·  Producer Marcus Wilson looks back at his work on Doctor Who, including The Time of the Doctor and the 50th Anniversary Special.
·  Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions.
·  DWM pays tribute to the life and times of the late Christopher Barry, one of Doctor Who's most prolific directors.
·  Clive Doig talks to Toby Hadoke about working on the very earliest episodes of Doctor Who.  
·  The Fact of Fiction takes a detailed look at the 1969 Ice Warrior adventure, The Seeds of Death.
·  The Blood of Azrael ­– the Doctor and Clara's latest comic strip adventure continues.
·  The Time Team watch the Tenth Doctor meet an old friend – and some even older enemies – in The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky.
·  Jacqueline Rayner sees Doctor Who's special effects in a whole new light in Relative Dimensions.
·  The Watcher exposes the remarkable relationship between Doctor Who and the Eurovision Song Contest in Wotcha!
·  Reviews of the latest DVDs, CDs, and books.
·  Competitions, puzzles, and much more!

+  Doctor Who Magazine Issue #473 is out on Thursday 1st May, priced £4.99.

+  Subscribe Worldwide to DWM from just £19.49 via Unique Magazines!

+  Check Out The DWO Guide to Doctor Who Magazine!

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

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]

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