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18 July 2012

DWO and Firebox have teamed up to offer our Twitter followers a chance to win an invite to the Sonic Screwdriver Remote Press Launch!

3 x lucky winners will win an invite to the press launch next Wednesday in London, as well as taking away with them one of the new Sonic Screwdriver Remote's (pictured).

To enter, all you have to do is Tweet '#DWO @Firebox' to us via the @DrWhoOnline Twitter page.

Please note that in order to be eligible, you must be free next Wednesday (25th July) at 3:30pm, and must be able to make your own travel arrangements.

+ Check Out the Sonic Screwdriver Remote at Firebox!

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

5 July 2012

The 2012 DWO Awards are now open for nominations in 13 different Doctor Who related categories.

We all like a good poll, right? Especially if it is connected to our favourite show; Doctor Who. That's why DWO have decided to launch our own annual awards covering all aspects of Doctor Who; incorporating Merchandise, TV Episodes and Fandom.

We are particularly keen on the addition of the Fandom category as it is often overlooked by many of the more 'official' polls, and it is our belief that fandom can provide some of the most creative offerings out there.

The awards are run in conjunction with the DWO Forum Community, which anyone can join for FREE, and will begin with nominations from fans in the categories. The top 10 selections in each category will then make a shortlist in which fans can vote online for their favourites.

The following 13 categories are now open for nominations via the DWO Forums:

+ Best Doctor Who DVD of 2011

+ Best Doctor Who DVD Special Feature of 2011

+ Best Doctor Who Book of 2011

+ Best Doctor Who Audio of 2011

+ Best Doctor Who Toy of 2011

+ Best Doctor Who Magazine Issue of 2011

+ Best Doctor Who Series 6 Story of 2011

+ Best Doctor Who Convention / Event of 2011

+ Best Doctor Who Podcast of 2011

+ Best Doctor Who Website of 2011

+ Best Doctor Who Fanzine of 2011

+ Best DWO (Member) Fan Fiction of 2011

+ Best DWO (Member) Blog of 2011

** Please Note - Nominations will close on 1st September 2012, and voting will commence for the shortlist on 2nd September 2012 through to December 31st 2012. Winners will be announced on 1st January 2013.

+  Membership to the DWO Forums is FREE and fast to join. Register Here!

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

8 April 2012

DWO are thrilled to announce the return of our popular VortExtra section.

VortExtra began back in 2007 as a way of providing post-episode features that take the televised stories beyond what you see on screen. We continued the section for 2 more years before giving it a rest as we concentrated on other areas of the site.

In 2011, the DWO team discussed the options of reviving VortExtra, and after much deliberating, we decided to go in a new direction with the feature. We all know what happens in the televised stories, but we never really find out what happened just before or just after The Doctor's involvement in each adventure, as so began our quest to provide fans with just that; a Prologue and an Epilogue for every televised story - complete with Episode Guide entry links.

Roll forward to Easter 2012, and as of today, we have officially relaunched VortExtra, starting with the very first televised story; An Unearthly Child. Each Prologue and Epilogue will contain accompanying illustrations from some of the finest artists and illustrators around (who also happen to be Doctor Who fans), together with narration options and interactivity links.

Each week we will bring you a brand new VortExtra in random order from the shows 49-year history - including Classic and New Series adventures. We have also encouraged some established Authors and Writers to take part (some very well known indeed), in the hopes that maybe just a few of them *might* be up for taking part in the project [you don't ask, you don't get, right?]. We are also looking for fans with experience in writing to send in their submissions to us. A selection of the best material will make it through to have their stories made into VortExtra's with accompanying artwork and narration.

If you wish to take part, please E-mail the DWO team, together with a sample of your writing / artwork to: vortextra@drwho-online.co.uk.

+ Check Out VortExtra!

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

22 February 2012

DWO are thrilled to announce the launch of our own Minecraft server, aimed solely at Doctor Who related builds.

Minecraft is a popular online game that enables players to build objects and source materials within an online virtual world.

Speaking of the new venture, DWO Editor; Sebastian J. Brook had the following to say:

"This is a fantastic new area for fans of both Doctor Who and Minecraft to come together and get creative in our online virtual sandbox. There's so much creativity amongst fans, and already within the first 24 hours, we've noticed some truly amazing builds within our world. We are extremely excited to watch the world grow and to interact with our visitors in Minecraft, and have a few building ideas of our own…"

Do you have a particular build you want to create? Perhaps a monster, set or prop from the show? Why not create it for FREE in the DWO Minecraft world!

+  The DWO Minecraft Game Server can be reached at the following address: 37.59.160.199.

+  Download the Minecraft software.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

12 February 2012

DWO have been working on our latest guide, and this time round we're taking a look at Doctor Who on Twitter.

Our guide includes over 140 entries including; Actors, Writers, Authors, Artists, Musicians, Websites, Blogs and Podcasts, and is constantly being updated with new additions. The guide allows you to follow (and see if you've followed) anyone on the guide, as well as in which Doctor Who related show they are connected to; (The Classic Series / The New Series / Torchwood / The Sarah Jane Adventures).

Do you have a Doctor Who Website, Blog or Podcast with a Twitter account? Why not email your submissions to us at: guides@drwho-online.co.uk. Likewise, if you know of any personalities who we are yet to add, please also email us with the name of the person, together with their Twitter usename, and we will ensure that we add them on the next update.

+ Check Out The DWO Guide to Doctor Who on Twitter.

[Sources: DWO; Twitter]

21 December 2011

Over the past week, DWO visited central London and the Bluewater shopping centre to film some scenes for our 2011 DWO Christmas video.

The video, which features a poem written and performed by DWO site editor, Sebastian J. Brook, takes a look at a couple of the main Doctor Who related stories from 2011, coupled with festive scenes and a warming Christmassy backing track.

Expect to see a few more treats right here on DWO in the coming days, but for now we present you with 'A Blue Box For Christmas':

+  Like / Leave Comments for this video!

+  Subscribe to the DWO YouTube Channel.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

19 November 2011

Last night saw the Doctor Who Christmas Special Preview Trailer, and a slightly nude Matt Smith as part of Children In Need's evening of fundraising programming...It also saw the end of DWO's very own Children In Need Doctor Who eBay auction, with 100% of the proceeds going to CIN.

We had hoped that we would reach our target of £500+, but in the last 20 minutes, were blown away by some last minute bids which saw our final total rocket to a staggering £1070 - more than double what we had initally hoped for!

So a big congratulations to eBay member 'Bow-Peep', a.k.a Katy Payne, who generously gave to the Children In Need cause, and eventually won our Doctor Who eBay auction, which included a poster signed by David Tennant, a First Day Cover from 1999, a 2012 Doctor Who Calendar, The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012, 2 x 2in1 Doctor Who books, The Silent Stars Go By book, Companions And Allies book, Series 6: Part 1 DVD, 1st ever issue of SFX Magazine, Doctor Who 'Inferno' audiobook, and last (but by no means least) a DWO Flyer!

We hope to update this news item shortly with a short interview with Katy, our auction winner - watch this space!

DWO Editor, Sebastian J. Brook had the following to say on last night's auction:

"Last night was truly one of the proudest moments in the entire 16 years of DWO's history. We had a busy 3 days tirelessly promoting our charity auction on DWO, Twitter and Facebook, and it has been amazing to see so many areas of fandom pulling together to help such a worthy cause."

"I'm not ashamed to say I was wiping the tears away when I saw us not only beat our target - but double it, and then some! Even if you didn't win or even bid on our auction, every single person who helped promote it is responsible for that fantastic final figure. Thank You!"

As promised, DWO also wish to thank the following people who helped us in promoting the auction. We have tried to include as many of you as possible (and as traceable), so please forgive us if you are not mentioned below:

Websites, Podcasts & Magazines:

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, The Doctor Who News PageKasterborous, BlogtorWhoDen Of Geek, Forbidden Planet International, SciFiNow, Doctor Who and the TARDIS by Craig Hurle, The Doctor Who Site, Companions of The Doctor, TalkingWho, Capricorn One & ThoseVideoGuys.

Celebrity Retweeters:

Russell Tovey (Midshipman Frame in Doctor Who), Andrew Hayden-Smith (Jake Simmonds in Doctor Who), Rufus Hound (Comedian), James Moran (Doctor Who & Torchwood Writer), Paul Cornell (Doctor Who Author), Steve Hughes (New Series Director), Tony Lee (Doctor Who Comic Author), Paul Bradford (Tech Manager for Ghost Hunters International),

Other DWO Twitter Followers:

@aastrid, @adriwadri, @AlexiHampson, @ats2040, @AustinMe, @CartoonBeardy, @CliffChapman, 
@CrowHawk, @dailyanglofile, @DavidKeep1964, @Doctor_No1, @dragonfall05, @DWF2006, @elad_eiram, @Galadriel1010, @HarryHayfield, @IanOTimelord, @ItsMiaBro, @JasonOnion, @jldomini, @Kirstie_Nash, @KneelDowne, @LadyBugLass, @linerlovers, @MellorCarolyn, @MerseyMal, @Mouse_Mallow, @nwgayboyuk, @OneGirlGeek, @Rdkil, @robynschneider, @SimonGA, @SirRoundSound, @SteamPiffler, @Stoogie, @THEDeanBatch, @ullemon, @Waltmouse, @Wolfie_Rankin, @xenelle, @XenRaiha, @zort70.

+  You can still donate to Children In Need here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/donate/.

[Source: DWO]

16 November 2011

Children In Need is upon us, and this year Doctor Who Online are getting behind the cause more than ever! We've put together a fantastic collection of goodies to be auctioned on eBay that every Doctor Who fan will love, and of which 100% of the proceeds will be going to Children in Need!

The star item in our auction is an A3 Poster of The 10th Doctor, hand-signed by David Tennant. DWO were lucky enough to get this special item signed by the man himself a few weeks ago at the Entertainment Media Show in London.

Having launched just last night at 9:45pm, the auction already has over £100+ of bids. We strongly encourage all our visitors to give what they can to the charity and take part in our auction. It would be amazing if we could earn over £500 for Children In Need, and we can only do it with your help!

We welcome bidders from all over the world and no matter where in the world you live, we will also cover the costs of postage!

What you are bidding for:

-  A3 '10th Doctor & Jenny Poster', Hand-Signed by David Tennant!

-  'The Entertainer's Tale' First Day Cover with Dalek Stamp from 1999.

-  2012 Official Doctor Who Calendar.

-  Series 6: Part 1 Doctor Who DVD.

-  'The Silent Stars Go By' Doctor Who Book.

-  'The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012'.

-  'Companions and Allies' Doctor Who Book.

-  2in1 Doctor Who Book #1.

-  2in1 Doctor Who Book #2.

-  1st ever issue of popular SciFi Magazine; SFX (from June 1995)!

-  Doctor Who: 'Inferno' Audiobook.

-  A 2011 Doctor Who Online Flyer! (surely the most prized possession!)

The auction winner will also be given the choice to be interviewed for the Doctor Who Online News page.

+  Click Here to place your bids on the DWO Children In Need Auction!

+  Donate to Children In Need directly on the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/donate/.

[Source: DWO]

6 October 2011

Last weekend DWO attended Showmasters Entertainment and Media Show in London, where we managed to grab some time with some of the stars.

As well as getting some exclusive interviews for the DWO WhoCast podcast, we also filmed some greeting videos which we have included for you below:

Arthur Darvill (Rory in Series 5 & 6 of Doctor Who):

Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond in Series 5 & 6 of Doctor Who):

Nina Toussaint-White (Mels in 6.8: Let's Kill Hitler):

Frances Barber (Madame Kovarian in Series 6 of Doctor Who):

Ian McNeice (Winston Churchill in Series 5 & 6 of Doctor Who):

Paul McGann (The Eighth Doctor):

Georgia Moffett (Jenny in 4.6: The Doctor's Daughter):

Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper in Torchwood / Gwyneth in Doctor Who 1.3: The Unquiet Dead):

+  Subscribe to the DWO YouTube Channel.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

30 September 2011

DWO will be attending the Entertainment Media Show this weekend at London's Earls Court venue.

Come and visit our stand where you will be able to catch up with the team behind the site as well as purchase a wide range of merchandise from our popular WhoStore. On the Saturday we will also have 10 of our soon-to-be-released 'River's Diary' which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

** Spend over £10 with us and you will receive a FREE Doctor Who Micro Figure!

On both the Saturday and the Sunday, you can also find members of our DWO WhoCast podcast in attendance, who will be interviewing guests as well as some of the stars attending the event. If you would like to be interviewed, come up to the DWO stand and we will arrange a time for you to come back and record for the show!

The Entertainment Media Show is attracting a lot of attention from Doctor Who fans as David Tennant, Paul McGann, Alex Kingston, Arthur Darvill, Ian McNeice, Nina Toussaint-White, Frances Barber, Caitlin Blackwood, Dan Starkey, Anneke Wills, David Gooderson, Leslie Schofield, Kate O' Mara, Georgia Moffett, Dave Prowse, Philip Rham, Albert Welling and Eve Myles will all be signing autographs.

Admission: Early entry from 9am - £12 (all ages). Standard entry from 11am - £6 adults, £3 children (aged 12 and under). Under 4s go free when accompanied by a paying adult. Doors open: 9am to 6pm both days. Last admission 5.30pm. Entry to Brompton Hall via West Brompton Road entrance. Tickets available on the door on the day.

[Sources: DWO; Showmasters]

29 August 2011

DWO's popular iWho Doctor Who App is reviewed in the latest issue of Apps Magazine (Issue #10).

Apps Magazine gave iWho a 3/5 rating, and had the following to say about the app:

"it's simply rammed with regularly updated information; in fact, there's definitely a hint of Time Lord technology in the make-up of the app, perhaps explaining how so many Who-related topics can be contained in an iPhone app. 

The feeds are constantly buzzing through, and the contributors get some impressive access to cast and crew to bring exclusive interviews to the fore. If you are happy to swap visual panache for quality and bulk of content, then iWho definitely delivers. An insightful and info-packed app for Who fanatics"

Despite the app only being a couple of months old, it has already achieved over 5000 downloads in both the Apple App Store and the Android Market.

Available for just £1.49, iWho keeps fans up to date with all the latest Doctor Who News and Reviews in the Doctor Who and Torchwood worlds, as well as offering podcasts, DVD guides, Tweets and more!

Do you have iWho? Please Rate / Review the app for us in the App Stores. Your reviews help to get the app noticed by even more Doctor Who fans!

+  Download iWho on the Apple App Store.

+  Download iWho on the Android Market.

+  Check Out DWO's other Doctor Who and Torchwood Apps.

[Source: Apps Magazine]

29 August 2011

DWO is featured in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (Issue #438) in their 'Another 40 people every Doctor Who fan should follow on Twitter' feature.

Under the 'Top Fans' section you will find our logo and stats, as well as an example of a typical tweet you can expect from our @DrWhoOnline twitter account.

The DWO twitter account has one of the largest Doctor Who followings on Twitter with over 27,000+ followers. We regularly run competitions for our followers and post the latest news updates and features.

What else is inside Issue #438 of Doctor Who Magazine?

Doctor Who is back on TV for a brand new series! DWM catches up with its stars, Matt Smith (the Doctor) and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and asks, what do they think about the controversial title of the first episode, Let’s Kill Hitler? 

Matt cracks up. “It’s Steven [Moffat, writer of Let’s Kill Hitler] being brilliant and mischievous. Also, it’s a direct reference to a line in the episode...”

“Pretty intense laughter from me, too,” confirms Karen Gillan, who plays Amy Pond, “when Steven told us. It’s just the best title ever… We were, like, ‘Amazing.’ I just love it, because it sounds a little bit controversial. But the subject matter is tackled really well in the episode...”

“Hitler was through and through, appallingly, disgustingly evil,” points out Steven Moffat. “Hitler would be deeply pissed off to know that we treated him as a minor comic character in an episode of Doctor Who. But actually the Hitler story is a bit of a red herring. It’s actually a blatant continuation of A Good Man Goes to War...”

THINGS TO COME

DWM previews the first four stories of the season – LET’S KILL HITLER, NIGHT TERRORS, THE GIRL WHO WAITED and THE GOD COMPLEX – and talks to stars MATT SMITH, KAREN GILLAN and ALEX KINGSTON (River Song) as well as all the writers: STEVEN MOFFAT, MARK GATISS, TOM MacRAE and TOBY WHITHOUSE. With never-before-seen photographs and candid insights into each episode, prepare to have your appetite well and truly whetted! 

TOUGH CROWD

Doctor Who’s showrunner STEVEN MOFFAT faces his toughest crowd, in what his wife describes as ‘the best interview he’s ever given’, in PRODUCTION NOTES.

HERR TODAY

Actor ALBERT WELLING is interrogated by DWM about his role in Doctor Who as the (second) greatest war criminal in history – Adolf Hitler.

LOOK, WHO’S TALKING?

DWM tries to get a word in edgeways as MATT SMITH and the guest star in The God Complex, DAVID WALLIAMS, interview each other!

MIRACLE WORKERS

Writer JANE ESPENSON, TOM PRICE (Sgt Andy Davidson) and BILL PULLMAN (convicted killer Oswald Danes) talk exclusively to DWM about their role in the spectacular new spin-off from Doctor Who, TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY. 

PERFECT DAY

The classic 1972 story Day of the Daleks just got better! DWM finds out how a Special Edition of this classic 1972 Third Doctor story was created for its much-anticipated DVD release, and talks to the men responsible: producer STEVE BROSTER, audio expert MARK AYRES and the voice of the Daleks, NICHOLAS BRIGGS. 

MONSTER INVASION

DWM takes a nostalgic look back at the 1972 season of Doctor Who – a series that saw the Third Doctor face the Sea Devils, the Ice Warriors and the dreaded Daleks – as our COUNTDOWN TO 50 continues.

A NEW DIRECTION

The Doctor is dead, the world is in turmoil and only Donna Noble can save the Earth! THE FACT OF FICTION looks back to the acclaimed 2008 adventure TURN LEFT and uncovers the many secrets hidden within the story.

TWEET, TWEET!

Want to know what the Sixth Doctor is doing right now? Or fancy reading what the writers of Doctor Who are thinking about today? Then you need Twitter! DWM proudly presents an invaluable guide to the Doctor Who people you should follow in 2011. 

KIDS THESE DAYS…

It’s been the subject of much heated debate: have fans today never had it so good? Or were things more fun in the ‘good old days’, before Doctor Who became so easily accessible? JOHNNY CANDON and TOBY HADOKE argue the pros and cons of the case in A BATTLE OF WITS!

MUM’S THE WORD

It was Steven Moffat’s first script for Doctor Who, and introduced the character of Captain Jack Harkness. But what will THE TIME TEAM make of the 2005 Ninth Doctor and Rose adventure, THE EMPTY CHILD/THE DOCTOR DANCES…?

THE IMPOSSIBLE CHRONONAUT

The Doctor and Amy pursue the impossible girl, Chiyoko, through time and space – and get a nasty surprise when then catch up with her – in the first part of a brand new comic strip adventure, THE CHILD OF TIME, by JONATHAN MORRIS with art by MARTIN GERAGHTY.

WHO’S ROUND?

The mysterious Watcher discusses the Doctor’s drinking, challenges readers with the Six Faces of Delusion and celebrates another unsung hero from the supporting cast in WOTCHA!

PLUS! All the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more!

It’s the essential companion to the new series of Doctor Who – Doctor Who Magazine 438, out Thursday 25th August, just £4.50 from all good newsagents and supermarkets.

+  Follow Doctor Who Online on Twitter.

+  Subscribe to Doctor Who Magazine.

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

3 August 2011

DWO have teamed up with Empire Big Screen to offer our visitors a chance to win tickets to David Tennant's new movie premiere!

The most exciting movie event the UK has seen, Empire Big Screen is coming to the O2 on August 12th–14th.

Featuring world first film previews, premieres, live entertainment, masterclasses with industry legends and much much more, this live movie extravaganza is perfect for young and old alike!

And to celebrate the most anticipated film event of the summer, Doctor Who Online is offering 2 lucky winners the chance to each take a friend to the premiere of David Tenannt's new blockbuster film Fright Night on Sunday 14th August!

All you have to do to enter is be a follower of the Doctor Who Online Twitter account, and send us a tweet making sure you include the hashtag #DWOBigScreenComp to be in with a chance of winning!

DWO will announce the winner on Saturday 6th August 2011 at 6:00pm.

+  For more information on Empire Big Screen go to www.empirebigscreen.com.

+  Follow DWO on Twitter!

[Sourcea: DWO; Empire Big Screen]

3 August 2011

The DWO WhoCast is proud to announce the re-launch of our DWO TorchCast podcast.

Regular listeners will remember we trialed the spin-off show back in 2007, but now, with a totally new dedicated team, we are thrilled to confirm the podcast will be a permanent show running side by side with the DWO WhoCast podcast. Join your hosts Mark James and Phil Edwards as they explore the world of Torchwood each week.

Even better news is that the show, which will continue even after Miracle Day has aired, now has its own separate feed, which you can bookmark here: http://dwotorchcast.libsyn.com/rss.

+ Subscribe to the DWO TorchCast via iTunes.

+ Download the iTorchwood App for just £1.49, complete with DWO TorchCast Episodes!

[Source: DWO]

24 July 2011

Hot on the heels of our popular iWho, WhoFeed and iTorchwood Apps, DWO are thrilled to announce the launch of our WhoGuide App.

WhoGuide is an in-depth guide to every single televised Doctor Who story, for both the Classic Series and the New Series.

Featuring 218 story entries, as well as guides to the many incarnations of the Doctor, a history of the show, a guide to the missing episodes, as well as price comparison links to the DVDs, WhoGuide is a labour of love that acts as a fitting companion to the show, and one that every Doctor Who fan should have.

Don't forget to Rate & Review WhoGuide on the App Stores, and as always, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

+ Click Here to buy WhoGuide for just £2.99 ($4.99) on the Apple App Store.

Click Here to buy WhoGuide for just £2.99 ($4.99) on the Android Market.

Read More about WhoGuide in the DWO Apps section.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

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