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18 October 2011

On Saturday 29th October, The Doctor Who Appreciation Society will be staging their annual 'Time' Doctor Who convention at Hammersmith's Riverside Studios.

Time 5 will be an unmissable event for Doctor Who fans - not just because of their fantastic guest line-up, but also due to the fact that Episode One of the Classic Series Jon Pertwee adventure Invasion of the Dinosaurs is going to be screened in colour for the first time since its original broadcast on 12th January 1974!

DWO will also be in attendance on the day offering a wide selection of Doctor Who related merchandise, and giving away a FREE Doctor Who Micro Figure to the first 50 customers!

Guests:

Paul Darrow (Tekker in Timelash, Hawkins in Silurians)

Richard Franklin (Mike Yates Pertwee era)

David Bailie (Taren Capel in Robots of Death, Celestial Toymaker at Big Finish)

Louise Page (costumes for the Tennant era)

Mike Tucker (VFX classic and New Who and bringing props!)

Dan Hall (Commissioning editor 2Entertain with surprises!)

Chris Guard (Bellboy from Greatest Show)

Andrew Hayden-Smith (Jake Simmons from Rise of the Cybermen and Doomsday)

Daniel King (Davenport in Unicorn and the Wasp)

Ayesha Antoine (Dee Dee Blasco from Midnight)

And Gareth David Lloyd (Ianto Jones in Doctor Who and Torchwood)

In other DWAS related news, the society now has a presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, so make sure you follow them, and stay tuned to their YouTube channel as some great Doctor Who related content will be added over the coming weeks and months.

+  For more info or to book tickets to DWAS events, visit the DWAS website at:http://www.dwasonline.co.uk/.

[Source: DWAS]

17 October 2011

Manufacturer: BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

Written By: Malcolm Hulke

RRP: £20.42

Release Date: 3rd October 2011

Reviewed By: Dale Who for Doctor Who Online

Review Posted: 17th October 2011

The Doctor (Jon Pertwee) manages to get the TARDIS working... almost, and he and his companion Jo Grant (Katy Manning) arrive on the planet Uxarieus in the middle of a feud between a band of Colonists and a division of the Interplanetary Mining Corporation. En route to sort out the dispute is an Adjudicator from Earth, who may not be all he seems either. Can The Doctor overcome killer robots, giant lizards, primitive tribesmen, prune headed priests and Gail from Coronation Street, save the day and get Miss Grant safely back to Earth, or will an old adversary win the day?  You can find out on this new single disc DVD release from BBC DVD / 2|Entertain, out now.  With all six episodes looking sharp and sounding great and some entertaining and fun extras to compliment the story, it's time to step inside the TARDIS for her first flight of the Pertwee era...

Commentary - It's a very busy commentary this time round as Toby Hadoke guides his six guests through the story. Katy Manning (Jo), Bernard Kay (Caldwell), and Morris Perry (Captain Dent and no relation to Arthur Dent) join up with script editor Terrance Dicks, director Michael Briant and assistant floor manager Graeme Harper to relive their memories of the adventure.  Vey enertaining, and Katy is always very entertaining to listen to.

From The Cutting Room Floor - Annotated edits and trims from the filming of the story; location filming and model filming trims are used.  You do get the idea of just how appalling some of the conditions on locations actually were.  Mud, anyone?  There's almost thirteen mintes of trims and edits and shots, and it does tend to drag on somewhat, unless you're a real fan of these things.

IMC Needs You! - As an extra, this deserves prizes for keeping you entertained and giggling at the behind the scenes view. From seas of clay in freezing temperatures, via very unusual TARDIS landings and a spectacular and funny animation inviting you to grow a moustache. Most of the same crew as in the commentary are here on-screen giving life to the trials and tribulations of IMC robots and the problems of getting them through an average doorway...

By far the funniest revelation from director Michael Briant is why the TARDIS behaves so oddly when she materialises; an effect that has sparked many a fan debate over the decades. Was the landing due to the Time Lords controlling the TARDIS, or because of the shaky rebuilt dematerialisation circuit the Doctor's put together? Nope. To find out what it is... you'll have to watch.

A very light, fun, and well handled twenty five minute look back at Colony In Space, and it tackles the problems of the shoot without crossing over into regret or bitterness. Great stuff. And kust when you think it can't get any better, Briant re-appears on screen to talk about realising the diminutive alien hidden inside the wall, and the poor actor trying to give a performance with his neck almost breaking...

Photo Gallery - A selection of stills in colour and black and white, featuring the story's production, design and some well known publicity shots set to some background music/atmospheres, and the noise of that battered old blue box arriving.  Some very interesting pictures in there, no mater how much you know about the serial!

Coming Soon Trailer - Dinosaurs! Styggron! More dinosaurs! Dopplegangers and replica pubs! Two Doctors, one amazing assistant (tip of the hat to the glorious, and much much missed Lis Sladen), an irreplaceable and also greatly missed Brigadier (another hat tip to the wonderful Nicholas Courtney) and UNIT soldiers. Lots of UNIT soldiers. But then this is... The UNIT Box Set. Out in January! Oh, and there's dinosaurs. Did I mention there's dinosaurs? And UNIT soldiers.

With the usual production notes filling you in on trivia and factoids via their onscreen subtitles, subtitles for anyone who many want or need them, and the Radio Times listings for the story presented in PDF format for those on computers to peruse, Colony is a slightly long, but very rewarding story with a wealth of great performances, and the ever watchable Roger Delgado as the first incarnation of The Master. The characters are well rounded, and The Doctor, Jo, and a TARDIS exterior that had definitely seen better days have a blast. Well worth buying.

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17 October 2011

Doctor Who took the top slot as well as 4 other entires in the BBC iPlayer Top 20 requests for September 2011.

Torchwood: Miracle Day aslo faired favourably with three placements in the Top 20 figures.

BBC iPlayer Top 20 requests - September 2011:

1 Doctor Who Series 6 Episode 10 - 1,156,000

2 Doctor Who Series 6 Episode 9 - 1,105,000

3 Outnumbered Series 4 Episode 1 - 1,039,000

4 Doctor Who Series 6 Episode 11 - 1,011,000

5 Doctor Who Series 6 Episode 12 - 965,000

6 Outnumbered Series 4 Episode 2 - 806,000

7 Waterloo Road Series 7 Episode 11 - 711,000

8 Outnumbered Series 4 Episode 3 - 686,000

9 Outnumbered Series 4 Episode 4 - 622,000

10 Torchwood Miracle Day Episode 8 - 612,000

11 Planet Dinosaur Lost World Episode 1 - 604,000

12 Torchwood Miracle Day Episode 9 - 590,000

13 Spooks Series 10 Episode 1 - 583,000

14 Waterloo Road Series 7 Episode 12 - 573,000

15 Torchwood Miracle Day Episode 10 - 566,000

16 Doctor Who Series 6 Episode 8 - 545,000

17 EastEnders 16/09/11 - 526,000

18 Mock the Week Series 10 Episode 8 - 518,000

19 Mock the Week Series 10 Episode 9 - 502,000

20 EastEnders 13/09/11 - 491,000

[Source: BBC Press Office]

15 October 2011

Thursday saw the launch of BBC Books The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012, and lurking within the (completely awesome) 164 pages of Doctor Who goodness, lies a wonderful interview with showrunner, Steven Moffat, who goes on to talk about the 2013 series.

Speaking to renowned interviewer, Benjamin Cook, Moffat describes the anniversary year in one word: "Scale".

...And then a few more words: "Epic, huge, massive, indulgent... all your treats at once. The BBC is committed to the 50th anniversary, everyone is committed to it... and I guarantee you it's going to be the best year ever to be a Doctor Who fan. We're going to be in production for longer than ever, just to do everything that we intend to do".

+  The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 is Out Now, priced £12.99.

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[Source: The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012]

14 October 2011

Doctor Who prop-maker Nick Robatto has launched a range of new, and sometimes outright deadly ray-guns to unleash on an unsuspecting world! Nick, or his alter-ego, Professor RubberToe, has spent the last three years (in between making the odd Sonic Screwdriver or two) creating the world of RubberToe, and a series of ray-guns that are as beautiful as they are dangerous.

RubberToe Rayguns was born from the fevered imaginings of Nick’s encounters with the weird and outright strange while working on Doctor Who, at the end of which he had a number of beautiful – although no less deadly – ray-guns cluttering up his office. An epiphany followed, and Nick set about sketching out the world in which Professor RubberToe lives and formed a back-story for the ray-guns.

Nick says of his new venture; “I've had a very busy six years working on Dr Who, with only a couple of weeks spare here and there. It’s taken me around three and a half years from my initial idea to the launching of the website. I wanted something that I could put my own design on, and so Rubbertoe Rayguns was born!”.

Now Nick’s amazing creations are available for purchase at www.rubbertoerayguns.com! All the ray-guns are handmade by Nick himself, with limited runs on each design. So to get yourself a beautiful and unique piece of classic sci-fi weaponry!

+  Enter Here to be in with a chance of winning a Rubbertoe Raygun on the DWO Competitions page!

[Source: Nick Robatto]

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13 October 2011

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

The Enemies Of The Third Doctor Set features Omega, an Auton and a Drashing (as seen in Classic Series 3rd Doctor adventures).

From the adventures of the Third Doctor, the Drashig figure stands approximately 220mm high and doubles as a hand puppet for little hands, children can animate the mouth in classic FX fashion!

This set also includes the imposing Omega figure which features a removable head and fabric robes, lastly the classic Auton figure has a swappable gun hand and Nestene Sphere accessory.

Contents:

-  Drashig figure.

-  Omega action figure (with Detachable head).

-  Auton action figure with Nestene Sphere accessory and swappable gun hand.

+  The Enemies Of The Third Doctor Set is released on 16th December 2011, priced £44.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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8 October 2011

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

The Chase Set features a Mechanoid and two Daleks (as seen in the Classic Series 1st Doctor adventure, The Chase).

From the classic story: 'The Chase', the Mechonoid figure is approximately 130mm high (160mm with the antenna extended) x 130mm wide. It features a swappable flame arm, flip-out claw arms and wheels. It is faced by the Daleks ready to do battle!

Contents:

1 x Mechonoid action figure with swappable flame weapon

2 x Daleks (The Chase) action figures

+  The Chase Set is released on 16th December 2011, priced £39.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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8 October 2011

BBC Books have sent DWO the cover and details for the 2012 book release of Magic of the Angels by Jacqueline Rayner.

Magic of the Angels

Written by: Jacqueline Rayner

'No one from this time will ever see that girl again...'

The Doctor, Amy and Rory round off a sight-seeing tour round London with a trip to the theatre. That's when things start to go wrong.

The Doctor wonders why so many young girls are going missing from the area. When he sees Sammy Star's amazing magic act, he thinks he knows the answer. Sammy's glamorous assistant disappears at the climax of the act - but this is no stage trick.

The Doctor and his friends team up with residents of an old people's home to discover the truth. And together they find themselves face to face with a deadly Weeping Angel.

Whatever you do - don't blink!

A thrilling all-new adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.

+  Magic of the Angels is released on 2nd February 2012, priced £1.99.

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[Source: BBC Books]

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8 October 2011

BBC Books recently confirmed that the latest revision of the Doctor Who Encyclopedia, compiled by Gary Russell and out on 13th October, will be released as both a book and an iPad app.

A website has been set up with a screenshot of what the app will look like, together with a form that fans can fill in to keep informed of this release and any future products and updates from BBC Books - http://www.doctorwhoencyclopedia.com/.

Doctor Who: The Encyclopedia

River Song still a riddle? Stumped by the stolen planets in the Medusa Cascade? Forgotten what happened in the Timelines That Never Happened? Look no further...

Completely revised and updated, this is the ultimate guide to everything and everyone that's ever happened, un-happened and happened again in the worlds and times of the Doctor. The Doctor Who Encyclopedia now covers the Eleventh Doctor's first two seasons, plus every Ninth and Tenth Doctor story, and is packed with photographs and artwork from seven stunning years of adventures - including the charity specials, animated adventures, online Adventure Games, TARDISodes and preludes. This is your complete tour of time and space - from Abaddon and Inspector Abberline to Melody Zucker and the Zygons.

+  Doctor Who: The Encyclopedia is released on 13th October 2011, priced £25.00.

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[Source: BBC Books]

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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):

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[Source: Doctor Who Online]

4 October 2011

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

The Enemies of the First Doctor Set features a Dalek, a Cyberman and a Roboman (as seen in the Classic Series).

True classics from the First Doctor's era: A 'Daleks' Master Plan' Dalek figure with the rarely seen flame arm, the chilling Roboman figure and the historic Cyberman figure from their first appearance in 'The Tenth Planet'.

Contents:

-  Dalek (Master Plan) action figure with flame arm

-  Roboman action figure

-  10th Planet Cyberman action figure

+  The Enemies of the First Doctor Set is released on 12th December 2011, priced £34.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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4 October 2011

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

The Leela & Stor Set features The Fourth Doctor's companion Leela with Sontaran Commander Stor (as seen in the Classic Series adventure The Invsion of Time).

After a secret meeting in space with a group of mysterious aliens, the Fourth Doctor takes Leela to Gallifrey so he can claim the Presidency of the Time Lords. After his induction as Lord President, the Doctor inexplicably commands the force field around Gallifrey to be shut down. His alien coconspirators materialise revealing the Vardans, telepathic invaders that can travel on any wavelength.

The Doctor has been planning a double bluff, working alongside them until he can place a time loop around their home planet. But when he springs his trap the Vardans are banished, only to be immediately replaced by Sontarans! This fearsome clone race were also using the Vardans, but to conquer the Gallifrey. The invasion of the Time Lords has begun, led by Commander Stor. A fierce battle ensues across the Capitol and through the Doctor’s TARDIS. With casualties on both sides, Stor is the only surviving Sontaran left. The Doctor uses knowledge extracted from the Matrix by K-9 to construct a De-Mat gun, a very powerful weapon only to be used as a last resort. The gun is destroyed in an implosion with a Sontaran weapon... killing Stor. As they prepare to leave, Leela announces that she wishes to stay behind, and K-9 elects to remain with her.

Contents:

-  Leela with Dagger

-  Commander Stor with Weapon & Helmet

-  De-Mat Gun Accessory

+  The Leela & Stor Set is released on 24th November 2011, priced £26.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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4 October 2011

Ex-Doctor Who star Tom Baker is giving his free time for a special signing for St Michaels Hospice in East Sussex.

The signing will take place on Sunday 30th October at The Arthur Eastern Centre, St Michaels Hospice, Upper Maze Hill, St Leornards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0LB, between 12-4:00pm.

Tom will be signing photographs on the day and all proceeds will be going to the hospice.

[Source: Steve Corke]

3 October 2011

The BBC has announced that a new Doctor Who Adventure Game – The Gunpowder Plot – will be available to download via the Doctor Who website from 31st October 2011.

The Doctor Who Adventure Game: The Gunpowder Plot features a star-studded cast, including Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Ralf Little as Guy Fawkes, Phil Daniels as Town Crier, Emilia Fox as the 14th Plotter and CBBC presenter Chris Johnson as Barnaby. It will offer players a unique experience of one of the most important and memorable moments in British history.

Ralf Little, who plays Guy Fawkes in the game, says: "It is a way of bringing the story alive to, probably, millions of kids who are aware of the name Guy Fawkes because of November the 5th, but not actually really understand what the historical significance is behind it."

Written by Phil Ford, voice directed by Gary Russell and produced by a team drawing on the very best talent from TV and the games industry, the Adventure Game was executive produced by Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Anwen Aspden, alongside Charles Cecil, one of video gaming's most revered creators. The game is being developed by independent UK game development studio Sumo Digital Ltd.

Commissioned by Victoria Jaye, Head of IPTV and TV Online Content, BBC Vision – in collaboration with Controller of BBC Learning, Saul Nassé – the game provides audiences with a unique way to learn about one of the most significant periods in British history, through an interactive experience of one of the UK's best-loved programmes. The last four-game series, released in 2010, exceeded all expectations with more than 2.8m downloads requested so far.

Victoria Jaye says: "We're always looking at ways to bring Doctor Who stories to life for the audience beyond broadcast television, seizing the creative potential of digital platforms to delight fans with new ways to engage with characters and story worlds."

The game will be available for UK households on PC and Mac as a free download from the Doctor Who website.

[Source: BBC Press Office]

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]

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