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12 December 2010

If you’re looking for a great way to make sure that you haven’t missed a moment of the Doctor’s adventures, and want to go back and relive your favourite episodes over and over again, all without having to stray too far from Doctor Who Online, then you’re in luck.

LOVEFiLM have joined up with Doctor Who to provide dozens of old episodes which LOVEFiLM will kindly deliver straight to your door, visit the site now.

They have cut out the need for purchasing DVDs – or even the time usually associated with the old methods of renting – and brought the Doctor right to your doorstep, and all without the help of a TARDIS!

LOVEFiLM have a selection of DVD deals which are much cheaper and more convenient than having to go to a rental shop and will give you easy access to the most recent episodes – watch them at your leisure and then just pop them in the postbox and LOVEFiLM will send you the next episodes straight away! You can enjoy all of this alongside the rest of the LOVEFiLM catalogue, which is growing by the day, so there are plenty of other science fiction adventures you can catch up on too.

For us, the move comes at just the right time, as it’s been almost 6 months since the Doctor has been on our screens, and what better way to whet your appetite for the inevitably brilliant Christmas special than with a marathon session with all of Matt Smith’s run, perhaps you could even directly compare him to David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston’s efforts since the 2005 relaunch – only if you suspect that he stands up to them though.

But one of the extraordinary aspects of the past few series’ has been the depth of story that has rewarded repeat viewing, and Steven Moffat has well and truly picked up where Russell T. Davies left off, so you’ve got no excuse not to enjoy the Doctor at the click of a mouse button.

[Sources: Doctor Who Online; LOVEFILM]

6 December 2010

Character Options are releasing a special Doctor Who Toy set on the run-up to Christmas.

Featuring The TARDIS, The Doctor and Amy Pond in Police outfit (worth the price alone), the Christmas Adventure Set 1 will be out just in time for the big day as it is due in shops within the next 2 weeks.

 The Christmas Adventure Set 1 is released Mid-December, priced £29.99.

 Buy Now from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Character Options]

3 December 2010

Just over a year ago, we decided to branch out into the T-Shirt market with our very own Arcalian Attire range of Doctor Who inspired Tees.

The not-for-profit venture, has been a huge success with well over 1000 T-Shirts sold to Doctor Who fans worldwide. To celebrate, we have launched a few more designs, which we sincerely hope to see you all wearing at future conventions and other Doctor Who related events.

The range, which has no copyrighted images or characters, provides a tongue-in-cheek nod to some of the memorable scenes, people and monsters that have spanned the 47 years that the show has been around for, and is available exclusively through the Arcalian Attire CafePress Store.

Below is an updated list of our current range:

The New Series

'Shhh!!! Spoilers!!!' - inspired by River Song and her Diary.

'Silence will Fall' - inspired by the Series 5 theme.

'Delete!!!' - inspired by the Cybus Cybermen.

'In Moffat We Trust' - inspired by New Series showrunner, Steven Moffat.

'Hey, Who turned out the lights?' - inspired by Silence in the Library.

'Sontar Ha!' - inspired by The Sontarans.

'The Angels Have the Phone Box' - inspired by Blink.

'Decorative Vegetable' - inspired by Time Crash.

'Y.A.N.A (You Are Not Alone)' - inspired by the Series 3 theme.

'Astrid R.I.P' - inspired by Voyage of the Damned.

'Allons-Y!' - inspired by The 10th Doctor's catchphrase.

'Bananas are Good!' - inspired by The Girl in the Fireplace.

'Are you my Mummy?' - inspired by The Empty Child.

'Cassandra R.I.P' - inspired by The End of the World.

'Exterminate!' - inspired by The Daleks.

'Time Lord' - inspired by the Time Lords.

'Police Box' - inspired by The TARDIS.

The Classic Series

'The colour for monsters is Gweeen!' - inspired by Terrance Dicks.

'Unlimited Rice Pudding!' - inspired by The 7th Doctor.

'As Easy As Pi' - inspired by The Five Doctors.

'No! Not the Mind Probe!' - inspired by The Five Doctors.

'Just Do It!' - inspired by Genesis of the Daleks.

'Five Rounds Rapid!' - inspired by The Daemons.

Other T-Shirts

'Ianto R.I.P' - inspired by Torchwood.

'Are you my Mummy?' - Infant Bodysuit.

DWO are working on some more designs, but if you have any suggestions, please E-mail them to us at: clothing@drwho-online.co.uk.

 Buy the T-Shirts from the Arcalian Attire CafePress Store, for just £17.00 each.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

2 December 2010

Candy Jar, the company behind Kangazang! – the hit sci-fi comedy novel written by Terry Cooper and audiobook featuring the most versatile of Doctors of them all, Colin Baker – today unveiled details of its Christmas giveaway.

All purchasers who buy the CD or book will get a Mike Collins Sixth Doctor print free. The print depicts Colin as he bounces on a Space Hopper across a colourful alien landscape.

Mike Collins is famous for his artwork on Spider-Man, Transformers, Doctor Who, and Zoids. He also drew Judge Dredd, as well as Batman, Superman, Flash, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Wonder Woman and the Justice League.

Mike will take part in the first Cardiff International Comics Expo in February – where a special panel will be dedicated to all things Kangazang! Mike said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the Kangazang! audiobook and was more than happy to contribute artwork to celebrate Colin Baker's perfect narration of the wonderfully weird world of Kangazang!”

Kangazang! was produced in the same building where the Doctor Who episode, Blink was filmed, as well as the Torchwood episode, Everything Changes.

Kangazang! is available as a special edition 3 CD Disc release plus bonus DVD available to buy online. The DVD contains a wealth of extras. In an exclusive interview, Colin discusses his time on Doctor Who, his love of sci-fi, and, of course, Kangazang!

 To watch and listen to trailers recorded by Colin Baker, visit www.kangazang.co.uk.

[Source: Candy Jar]

2 December 2010

Radio Times have launched another issue of their popular magazine, sporting a Doctor Who cover, this time to promote the 2010 Christmas Special; A Christmas Carol.

Both Matt Smith (The Doctor) and Katherine Jen .drwho-online.co.uk/editors/tiny_mce3/themes/advanced/langs/en.js" type="text/javascript"> kins (Abigail Pettigrew) are interviewed in the magazine, and Radio Times have kindly given us a couple of excerpts from the interviews below:

Matt Smith: “It was a great privilege to do it,” he enthuses, aware of the institution the Christmas Special has become si nce it was launched with David Tennant in 2005. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I started the show. I love Christmas, plus I’ve always wanted to film something in July that has got snow in, loads of snow… it’s very Christmassy.”

Katherine Jenkins: “It was far worse than any nerves I’ve ever had for any performance,” recalls the mezzo unequivocally, a note of terror still audible in her voice. “I spent a lot of time thinking about it,” she adds. “It’s such an iconic show, and it’s one that we watch as a family. I just thought, ‘I’d love to give it a try.’

 Radio Times is out Today, priced £1.20.

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

[Source: Radio Times]

1 December 2010

Forbidden Planet have teamed up with Character Options for another Exclusive Action Figure.

The Peri & Sil Twin pack features The 6th Doctor's companion, with Sil the Mentor from Vengeance on Varos.

The Sixth Doctor and Peri visit the planet Varos to obtain supplies of a rare ore called Zeiton 7, vital to the functioning of the TARDIS. Varos was once a colony for the criminally insane and the descendants of the original guards still rule, while the poverty-stricken people are kept entertained by screenings of public torture from the Punishment Dome.

Peri & Sil Twin pack, is released Early December, priced £24.99.

 Buy Now from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

30 November 2010

BBC Worldwide has released the first two screenshots from their brand new self-published iPhone and iPad game Doctor Who: The Mazes Of Time. [pictured right]

Players will be able to swap between playing The Doctor and Amy during gameplay, which also appears to feature The Daleks (and people holding their hands up!).

The Mazes Of Time is developed by Tag Games and will be available in Early December, price TBA.

[Sources: Doctor Who Online; BBC Worldwide Games]

29 November 2010

Return to Earth, released for the Wii, picks up where the DS game, Evacuation Earth, left off and, in storyline terms, is a very accomplished addition to the Doctor Who fold. That is hardly surprising however, given that it was penned by noted author of Doctor Who novels, Oli Smith.

While purists will refuse to acknowledge it as canon, it stands up well enough in its own right and moves the gameplay along well.

For those who didn’t play the prequel, a brief outline is useful, though not essential. Evacuation Earth saw The Doctor and Amy Pond ensuring, appropriately enough, that the Earth is evacuated in the wake of a Solar Storm. They end up on the SS Lucy Gray investigating both the origin of the Storm and an inconveniently vanished TARDIS.

The outing on the Wii picks up with the baton with the Lucy Gray abandoned, and the Cybermen looming – fans of the Daleks will have no choice but to pick up the DS game if they want to see them as the main opposition.

Where Return to Earth, and Wii Games in general, really stands out is the imaginative use of the controller, as it turns into an analogue of the sonic screwdriver, and makes a good job of recreating its functions, even more so if you can get your hands on the add on that literally turns your controller into a replica screwdriver.

And what an innovation it is. The sonic screwdriver is second only to the lightsabre in terms of science fiction items that the Wii remote appears to have been built for and the implementation hasn’t really let down the promise.

But really, the game doesn’t quite fulfil its promise and the narrative is confined to the interior of the spaceship - a little disappointing given the wealth of landscapes on offer within Doctor Who if a bit of imaginations is used.

If you want to try the game before you buy it you can rent it from www.lovefilm.com who are currently offering a free trial.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

25 November 2010

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the January 2011 DVD release of The Mutants.

The Mutants

Featuring: Jon Pertwee as The Third Doctor

The Time Lords send the Doctor and Jo on a mission to deliver a sealed message pod to an unknown party aboard a Skybase orbiting the planet Solos in the 30th century.

Solos is due to gain independence from Earth's empire but its Marshal is determined to prevent this. He arranges the murder of the Earth Administrator and, with his chief scientist Jaeger, plans to transform Solo's atmosphere into one more suited to humans. 

Ky, a young Solonian leader, is falsely accused of the murder and flees to the planet, taking Jo with him. The Doctor follows and joins them in an old thaesium mine. Ky turns out to be the intended recipient of the message pod, which opens automatically for him. Inside are stone tablets carved with ancient inscriptions...

Special Features:

Disc 1- Episodes

• 6 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio. 

• Commentary - stereo. With actors Katy Manning and Garrick Hagon, director Christopher Barry, script editor Terrance Dicks, co-writer Bob Baker, special sounds supervisor Brian Hodgson and designer Jeremy Bear. Moderated by Nicholas Pegg.

• Coming Soon (dur. Approx 1’) - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.

• Programme subtitles.

• Subtitle Production Notes.

Disc 2 – DVD Extras

• Mutt Mad (dur. 20’ 43”) – cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actor Garrick Hagon, producer Barry Letts, director Christopher Barry, co-writer Bob Baker, script editor Terrance Dicks and designer Jeremy Bear. 

• Race Against Time (dur. 37’ 38”) - Noel Clarke narrates a documentary looking at the representation of black actors in Doctor Who and on British TV as a whole. With writer and critic Bidisha, writer Stephen Bourne, actor Fraser James, and Doctor Who Magazine’s assistant editor Peter Ware. Narrated by Noel Clarke. 

• Dressing Doctor Who (dur. 27’ 04”) – three-times Academy Award winning costume designer James Acheson takes an affectionate look back over his earlier work on Doctor Who from his home in New Zealand. Narrated by Simon Ockendon.

• Blue Peter (dur. 1’ 35”) – Peter Purves takes a look at a collection of Doctor Who monsters prior to the opening of an exhibition of visual effects.

• Photo Gallery (dur. 2’ 56”) - production, design and publicity photos from the story.

• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

16 November 2010

Doctor Who has entered the UK Indie Singles Charts with two entries from Murray Gold.

Both entries, which are from the recently released Doctor Who: Series 5 Soundtrack, entered the charts after just 1 week of release.

In position #30 is 'Doctor Who XI', which is track number 1 on the Series 5 soundtrack, and in position #16 is 'I Am The Doctor', which is track number 9 on the soundtrack.

We strongly encourage fans to download from iTunes / Amazon, or purchase the Soundtrack from shops / online stores to help get Doctor Who into the Christmas Top 40 charts.

 Check the progress of the UK Indie Singles Charts here.

[Sources: Simon Bisgrove; BBC Radio 1]

16 November 2010

Radio Times has produced a limited edition Doctor Who Companions Special magazine.

The 164-page glossy special includes never-before-seen photographs and material from the RT archive, featuring over 40 companions from 1963 to present day, as well as profiles of every companion from Ace to Zoe.

This is a Radio Times exclusive and will not be available in the shops.

Get your copy for just £9.99 including FREE delivery to your door. To order, call 0844 543 9836.

Radio Times recently conducted a poll for readers to vote for their favourite Doctor Who companion. The results are printed below:

1 Rose Tyler BILLIE PIPER 

2 Sarah Jane Smith ELISABETH SLADEN

3 Donna Noble CATHERINE TATE 

4 K-9 JOHN LEESON/DAVID BRIERLEY

5 Amy Pond KAREN GILLAN

The best of the rest...

6 Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)

7 Ace (Sophie Aldred)

8 Leela (Louise Jameson)

9 Jo Grant (Katy Manning)

10 Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart (Nicholas Courtney)

11 Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman)

12 Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines)

13 Romana II (Lalla Ward)

14 Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding)

15 Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins)

16 Peri Brown (Nicola Bryant)

17 River Song (Alex Kingston)

18 Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter)

19 Polly (Anneke Wills)

20 Turlough (Mark Strickson)

[Source: Radio Times]

16 November 2010

You've seen the video, now you can own the very same Dalek ashes that appear at the end of the popular Doctor Who 'Will It Blend?' Dalek Special!

Viewed by over 75,000+ people so far, our Dalek blending video is fast turning into an internet hit, and with the Children In Need charity appeal just a few days away, we thought we would give our visitors a chance to bid for the remains of the said Dalek, signed by the star of the 'Will it Blend?' viral videos, Tom Dickson.

We're starting the bidding off at just 1p, and 50% of the final auction sale will go to the Children in Need appeal.

To place your bid, visit the following eBay url: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220697587783&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_500wt_1156

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

11 November 2010

AudioGO have sent DWO the cover and details for the forthcoming Doctor Who Audiobook release of Demon Quest #4: Starfall.

Two things arrive on the same night in Central Park, New York, 1976. The first is a fireball from space, bringing with it a new identity for one Alice Trefusis. The second is the Tardis, carrying the Doctor and his friends on the trail of an unusual comic book cover.

The Doctor's strength is sapped by something in the New York air - but what could cause such a malaise? As he and Mike are first mixed up with the police and then taken on an aerial ride over the city, Mrs Wibbsey comes face to face with the legendary Talkies film star Mimsy Loyne. And all the while, long multicoloured scarves and floppy felt hats are climbing the stairs of the Dakota Building...

With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Trevor White as Buddy, Laurel Lefkow as Alice, Lorelei King as Mimsy Loyne, Rupert Holliday Evans as the Cop, and John Chancer as the Cultist.

Starfall is the fourth of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

 Doctor Who Demon Quest #4: Starfall is released 2nd December 2010, priced £9.99.

 Compare Prices for this CD at CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: AudioGO]

11 November 2010

Character Options have announced single releases of the Dalek Paradigm Action Figures, due out later this month.

Many years ago, the Daleks sent out thousands of egg-shaped Progenitors containing the genetic coding of the race, so that new Daleks could be created whenever necessary.

One of these Progenitors was found in war-torn England during the Second World War and transported to a Dalek ship. However, because the Daleks that found it had been genetically modified by their creator Davros, using his own DNA, the Progenitor did not acknowledge them as pure Daleks, until the Doctor identified them as such and the Progenitor created a new race of powerful Daleks as a result.

These Daleks were led by the white-cased Supreme, and include the enigmatically titled yellow-cased Eternal, blue-cased Strategists, orange-cased Scientists and the red-cased Drones.

Collect all five of the supreme beings. Detailed 6-inch scale Dalek action figures. One Supplied. For ages 5 years and over.

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 The Dalek Paradigm Action Figures are released Late November, priced £9.99 each.

 Order these Toys at Forbidden Planet, for just £8.99 each!

[Source: Character Options]

10 November 2010

Doctor Who Reviews Compendium Ultimate Regeneration set to materialise for Christmas 2010.

Ultimate Regeneration is the title of the first book from Kasterborous. Written and edited by Christian Cawley, ably assisted by Brian Terranova and with contributions from Anthony Dry, Simon Mills, Thomas Willam Spychalski, Gareth Kavanagh and many more, the book tells the real-time critical story of the Russell T Davies era of Doctor Who.

Featuring essays, articles, reviews and interviews, the full story is put into context with a running commentary on the main events in Doctor Who news and fandom.

Including 60 Doctor Who reviews from Rose to The End of Time, Part Two, over 30 articles including character, actor and writer profiles and bursting with typical Kasterborous verve, Ultimate Regeneration tells the full story of the 2005-2010 era of Doctor Who, covering 2 Doctors, 5 companions and one visionary showrunner.

Upon release, Ultimate Regeneration will have a sale price of £14.99.

However a special pre-order price of £9.99 (plus p&p) is currently available, saving 33% on the cover price.

 See www.kasterborous.com for more details.

[Source: Kasterborous]

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