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12 January 2011

Owning a life-size Dalek is now an option for any fan willing to part with £179.99.

Zappies is the exclusive UK distributor for the new range of battery operated 'Ride-In' Daleks, which will be available from June 2011.

Standing at 128cm tall, the Dalek includes 360 degree movement, 10 sounds and phrases, as well as lights inside the sitting unit.

Don't get too excited though... these toys are aimed at children between 3-6 years - not that it will stop most of us from trying it out, but bearing the RRP, it may be a costly mistake. :)

[Source: Zappies]

7 January 2011

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

The Ark

Featuring: William Hartnell as The First Doctor

Materialising in what appears to be a jungle on Earth, the Doctor, Steven and Dodo soon realise that things are not what they seem: the sky is made of steel, and the jungle merely a colossal life chamber in a craft that has embarked on the most important expedition in the history of mankind.

It is ten million years in the future, and the Earth is soon to be engulfed by the Sun in a catastrophic explosion. A gigantic space ark has been launched, taking the last humans to a new life on the distant planet of Refusis, serving the Guardians of Earth are the Monoids, mute reptilian aliens.

But the Ark's mission of deliverance is threatened by the arrival of the time travellers; Dodo inadvertently passes her cold to the Guardians - to them, it is a long-forgotten virus against which they have no defence. It is not long before people start to die and the TARDIS crew are on trial for their own lives.

Special Features:

• Commentary - stereo. With actor Peter Purves and director Michael Imison, moderated by Toby Hadoke.

• All’s Well’s That Ends Wells (dur. 13’ 14”) – just how much were ‘The Ark’ and many other of Doctor Who’s adventures through time and space inspired by the work of writer H.G. Wells? With writers and historians Matthew Sweet, and Dominic Sandbrook, author and critic Kim Newman, literary editor Graham Sleight and the Open University’s Dr. Anthony Keen.

• One Hit Wonder (dur. 4’ 33”) – the Monoids only appeared in one Doctor Who story, possibly with good reason. What gives certain monsters an enduring popularity, destined to return over and over, whilst others are doomed to appear only once? With author Jacqueline Rayner, writers and historians Dominic Sandbrook and Matthew Sweet, and author and critic Kim Newman.

• Riverside Story (dur. 20’ 17”) – Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios played host to the creation of many Doctor Who stories in the sixties. Matthew Sweet takes actor Peter Purves back to the studio that once also contained the Celestial Toyroom, the Plains of Troy and the planet Refusis to talk about the creation of ‘The Ark’. Also featuring director Michael Imison.

• Photo Gallery (dur. 3’ 26”) - production, design and publicity photos from the story.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

5 January 2011

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, have launched a Classic Doctor Who Channel on YouTube.

The new channel, featuring a mixture of classic clips and exclusive previews from forthcoming Doctor Who DVD releases, will appeal to existing fans and give new viewers an opportunity to sample some classic Doctor Who.  The channel will complement the Classic Doctor Who Twitter account @classicdw run by 2|Entertain

Jo Warren, Head of UK & Ireland Sales says ‘We’re really looking forward to giving Classic Doctor Who its own home on YouTube.  It will be a great space for fans to discuss Classic Who - we’re launching with some fantastic clips and we’ll be regularly adding to the collection!’

Classic Doctor Who Brand Manager Dan Hall comments, “I’m delighted to join forces with our digital team and YouTube.  This is an exciting, new way to deliver content for our net-hungry market.”

Classic Doctor Who will launch on YouTube with over 45 clips dating from the first episode, along with new Meglos clips and an exclusive clip previewing the new Doctor Who Meglos DVD boxset which will be released by 2Entertain on 10th January.  Meglos stars Tom Baker and was originally broadcast in 1980.

Compare Prices for the Meglos DVD on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

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20 December 2010

Silva Screen Records have confirmed to DWO that a Soundtrack will be released for A Christmas Carol.

The soundtrack, which features music from the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special, will be released in February 2011, and will also feature Katherine Jenkins on a track titled 'Abigail's Song'.

The music is composed by Murray Gold and performed by the excellent BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Crouch End Festival Chorus.

The album will be released both physically (SILCD1360) and digitally (SILED1360).

[Source: Silva Screen Records]

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16 December 2010

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

The Resurrection of the Daleks Set features The 5th Doctor with Davros and two Daleks from Resurrection of the Daleks.

The TARDIS, with the Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Turlough on board, becomes caught in a time corridor. Once freed it materialises in London in 1984 near the exit of the corridor. Upon investigating warehouses nearby, the travellers stumble upon a trap set for them by the Daleks!

The Resurrection of the Daleks Set is released January 2011, priced £34.99.

 Buy Now from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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16 December 2010

The new Doctor Who mobile game from Tag Games BBC Games, The Mazes of Time, is now online.

The action / puzzle game can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for £2.39 (iPhone) or £2.99 (iPad), and allows you to play the roles of both The Doctor and Amy Pond.

DWO's Verdict

With so many games to choose from on the app store, many Doctor Who fans will quite rightly have a critical eye when it comes round to playing a game that's actually based on their favourite TV show. And with the BBC arriving in the app store a little late on the scene, you would think they might have missed the boat. Think again! Its clear with The Mazes of Time, that the BBC have been patiently waiting in the wings, plotting their move into the mobile gaming industry, and what a joy to behold it is!

From the crisp graphics, to the addictive gameplay, right through to the storyline, everything knits together to round off one of the best games we have ever played on the iPhone.

This is a game that will appeal to both new series and classic series fans, as one particular level sees The Doctor and Amy travel to the Ice Tombs of Telos - one of the many highlights that are worth the games price alone.

Rating: 5/5

 Download The Mazes of Time on iTunes.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

14 December 2010

DWO and CompareTheDalek.com have a very special offer for our visitors looking for a great stocking filler for Christmas.

Normally priced at £7.99, we are offering the Official 2011 Doctor Who Calendar featuring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and some of the great characters and monsters from Series Five, for just £5.

As well as the official calendar, we have the Official 2011 Doctor Who Mini Calendar for just £3, and the Official 2011 Doctor Who Pocket Diary for just £3.50!

As an extra special incentive, we are giving away a FREE 2011 Pocket Diary to the first 100 customers today!

 Order your 2011 Doctor Who Calendar Here.

[Source: CompareTheDalek.com]

14 December 2010

AudioGO have sent DWO the cover and details for the January CD release of The Edge of Destruction, featuring William Hartnell as The First Doctor.

In a final bid to regain control of the TARDIS' faulty control system the Doctor is driven to experiment with a dangerous untried combination.

With a violent explosion the TARDIS blacks out and the crew find themselves trapped inside. A simple technical fault? Sabotage? Or something even more sinister?

Tension mounts as the Doctor and his companions begin to suspect one another. What has happened to the TARDIS? Slowly a terrifying suspicion dawns. Has the TARDIS become the prisoner of some powerful fifth intelligence which is even now haunting the time-machine's dark and gloomy corridors?

William Russell, who played the Doctor's companion Ian in the original TV serial, reads Nigel Robinson's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1988.

 The Edge of Destruction is released on 6th January 2011, priced £12.99.

 Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: AudioGO]

13 December 2010

Character Options have announced a new wave of Doctor Who Action Figures.

The Pandorica Action Figure and MP3 Audio Collection consists of the following:

· The Eleventh Doctor includes CD 01 – Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion part 1

· Roman Auton includes CD 02 – Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion part 2

· Angel Bob includes CD 03 – Doctor Who and the Giant Robot part 1

· Cyberman Pandorica Guard includes CD 04 – Doctor Who and the Giant Robot part 2

· Amy Pond includes CD 05 – Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters part 1

· Silurian Warrior includes CD 06 – Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters part 2

Each 5-inch action figure includes a MP3 CD with audio book instalment and one piece of the Pandorica! Collect and build your own Pandorica CD cube case! There are three complete classic stories across 6 CDs. One supplied. For ages 5 years and over.

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 The Pandorica Collection Action Figures are released Late December, priced £9.99 each.

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

[Source: Character Options]

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]

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