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26 August 2011

Radio Times have printed Steven Moffat's guide to the rest of Series 6, complete with all episode titles.

Episode 8: Let's Kill Hitler

Written by Steven Moffat

Amy and Rory have waited a long time for news of their daughter. Too long. But when they summon The Doctor, the consequence will change all their lives. The TARDIS crashes into Belin in the 1930's and they find themselves face to face not only with Hitler, but with a unique assassin from the distant future - and that's only the beginning. In the Fuhrer's office, at the heart of the Third Reich, The Doctor is in for one of the biggest shocks of his very long life...

Episode 9: Night Terrors

Written by Mark Gatiss

Horror in Doctor Who comes in many forms and many places, and a cry of distress reaches the TARDIS from the darkest and scariest place in universe. But where is it exactly? This story began with Mark Gatiss and me chatting on the set of Sherlock. "I'd like to do scary," he said. "Do you know where the scariest place in the universe is?" I've known Mark for a while. If he's decided to tell me where the scariest place in the universe is, I'd better listen. "Where?" I quavered from behind my rapid-deployment Doctor Who fear sofa. "A child's bedroom" he answered.

Parents of Britain - sorry, and good luck!

Episode 10: The Girl Who Waited

Written by Tom MacRae

Time Travel is more than just an element of Doctor Who - it's one of the main characters. I'm going to boast now and say that Tom MacRae's stylish and moving script is one of the best uses of time travel in any story anywhere - mind-blowing and heart-breaking in every twist and turn. The Doctor has been in Amy and Rory's life for a long while now - far longer than he ever intended. What if something were to go wrong?

When they step from the TARDIS into a strange white waiting room, they're all about to learn just how wrong time travel can go...

Episode 11: The God Complex

Written by Toby Whithouse

The brief to brilliant writer Toby Whithouse was just this - a hotel: make a hotel scary. All those corridors, all those identical rooms, those bleak and soulless bars and waiting rooms, that tinkling musak - surely all that was made for Doctor Who, where the scariest things of all come bleeding through the ordinary world.

If you've seen Toby's wonderful Being human, you've probably already decided he's a sick and twisted man. Doctor Who is delighted to confirm this simple truth for a BBC1 audience. (Oh, and do you have a ventriloquist dummy lurking somewhere in your house? Just asking, no reason...).

Episode 12: Closing Time

Written by Gareth Roberts

The Lodger was a surprise hit of last year's Doctor Who. It was a simple tale of a barmy Time Lord in a flatshare with a nice man called Craig. Except when you say one them's Matt Smith and the other is James Corden, then frankly you've got enough going on for a whole other series. I leapt at the chance of a sequel and writer Gareth Roberts leapt at the chance to take up his story again.

Events have moved on in Craig's life when The Doctor turns up on his doorstep for a second time; there's a terrible alien threat, of course, but never mind that - dear God, there's a BABY!

Episode 13: The Wedding of River Song

Written by Steven Moffat

"I don't want to marry you."

"I don't want to murder you."

And here it is at last - the episode with all the answers, as The Doctor journeys to Lake Silencio for his date with destiny. While I was writing this, my wife asked me, "What happens?" and when I frownedm and pondered my answer, she hurriedly added, "In one sentence. Quite a short one." I thought a moment and said, "The Doctor goes to his certain death - and it doesn't work out as well as he'd expected."

So welcome to what is, without doubt or serious competition, the wedding of the year! Wary reports indicate that it could make On Her Majesty's Secret Service look like a fairly successful honeymoon...

+ Buy this issue of Radio Times from CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: Radio Times]

26 August 2011

DWO have seen 6.8: Let's Kill Hitler and have put our spoiler-free preview together:

It's been a nail-biting twelve weeks since we last saw new adventures of Doctor Who, and who could forget that jaw-droppingly awesome cliffhanger!? 

Let's Kill Hitler picks things up some time after the events of A Good Man Goes to War, with Amy and Rory trying to get The Doctor's attention, in a great situation reversal to the Series 6 season opener.

The Doctor is still looking for Melody Pond as all three of the TARDIS team get ready for the shock of their lives…in a corn field!!!

The episode feels quite filmic in places, and there's some fantastic direction that helps make use of the comedic scenes to full effect. The Doctor, Amy and Rory, (or rather Matt, Karen and Arthur) work so well together, and their unit makes for one of the best TARDIS crew combinations that the show has ever seen.

Those of you expecting the story to be an all-out World War II extravaganza, may be a little disappointed. Sure we get Hitler, and some great scenes involving Germany on the brink of War, but the real focus of this episode is River Song.

We get even more pay-off for the arc that has spanned the past couple of seasons, with a few more questions raised, which will hopefully be answered before the end of Series 6.

With another episode due from the show runner himself this season, Steven Moffat is showing no signs of tiring with either his cleverly imaginative story-writing or his love for the characters he has created.

Expect some new characters too. Mels, played by Nina Toussaint-White, shines in all of her scenes, which lift the lid on some clever background information from Amy and Rory's past, present and future. We also get to see a new organisation within the show, in the form of 'The Justice Department' - without giving too much away, you can't help feeling this is a new element to watch with great interest.

A final point worthy of note in this story is composer Murray Gold who provides a tremendous score for Let's Kill Hitler, which helps round off one of the strongest episodes in the season so far.

Five things to look out for...

1) A clever use for crop circles.

2) "Shut up ___, I'm focusing on a dress size"

3) "Guilt. Also Guilt. More Guilt"

4) A Sherlock-esque scene involving River and The Doctor.

5) We get to see the return of a certain blue diary.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

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]

3 August 2011

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD release of Colony in Space.

Colony in Space

Featuring: Jon Pertwee as The 3rd Doctor

The Time Lords discover that the Master has stolen their secret file on the Doomsday Weapon and decide to send the Doctor to retrieve it for them.

The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Jo to the desolate planet Uxarieus in the year 2472. There they become involved in a dispute between some beleaguered colonists and the crew of an Interplanetary Mining Corporation (IMC) spaceship over the ownership rights to the planet. 

The Doctor learns that the indigenous Primitives and their High Priests worship a large machine tended by a creature called the Guardian. 

Special Features:

•  Commentaries with cast and crew

•  Documentaries 

•  Photo Gallery

•  Coming Soon Trailer

•  PDF Material & Production Information Subtitles

•  Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

+  Colony in Space is released on 3rd October 2011, priced £20.42.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

3 August 2011

AudioGO have sent DWO the cover and details for the forthcoming Doctor Who CD release of Blackout.

It's November 9th, 1965. New York City is plunged into darkness, a taxi driver has bad dreams, and an invisible spacecraft hovers ominously above the skyline.

As an extra-terrestrial disease sweeps the populace, Amy and Rory must sabotage the city's water supply to slow the spread of infection, and a dying Doctor holds another man's life in his hands.

With death toll rising, and his companions stalked through the streets by alien businessmen, the Doctor is forced to make a terrible decision. How far must he go to save his friends?

This title is read by Stuart Milligan.

+  Blackout is released on 8th September 2011, priced £10.20.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: AudioGO]

26 July 2011

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

The River Song Pandorica Set features River Song (complete with gun accessory) with the Pandorica Chair (as seen in 5.12: The Pandorica Opens & 5.13: The Big Bang).

Of all the people who have travelled or will travel with the Doctor, River Song is the most enigmatic of them all. She always seems to be one step ahead of the Doctor, even when he’s in her past. Nobody has been able to figure out how River knows the Doctor so well, although there have been plenty of guesses! Although River is a force to be reckoned with, she sometimes needs the Doctor’s help – whether it’s against the Vashta Nerada or the Weeping Angels, or any of the other foes they have faced, or even will face in future. Confused? It will all become clear... one day...

Legend has it that the Pandorica is a prison, a cage to contain the most feared warrior in the universe. But it’s all a lie – the Pandorica is a box created to contain just one person – the Doctor. When his TARDIS exploded, all parts of time and space were wiped out, never having existed. The massed armies of all the Doctor’s foes – Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans and others banded together and created the legends of the Pandorica, and then locked him inside it. But the Pandorica energy was a restorative, it could bring things back to life, and the Doctor piloted the Pandorica into the heart of his exploding TARDIS and set off Big Bang 2, rebooting the entire universe.

+  The River Song Pandorica Set is released on 22nd August 2011, priced £22.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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25 July 2011

The BBC America Doctor Who website have added a new promotional picture for the second half of Series 6.

The image, which features The Doctor in a brand new coat, appears to have an Egyptian feel, and also fetures River Song, Amy and Rory.

+  Series 6: Part 2 begins on Saturday 27th August on BBC One & BBC America.

[Source: BBC America Doctor Who website]

25 July 2011

The BBC Doctor Who website have published a brief guide to the rest of Series Six of Doctor Who.

The guide (which also reveals the title for episode ten: 6.10: The Girl Who Waited), is printed below, courtesy of the BBC Doctor Who website:

Episode 8: Let's Kill Hitler

Written by Steven Moffat

The gang's all back! The Doctor, Amy, River and Rory return in what promises to be an action-packed belter of an adventure. So far the following details have emerged:

'In the desperate search for Melody Pond, the TARDIS crash lands in 1930s Berlin, bringing the Doctor face to face with the greatest war criminal in the Universe. And Hitler. The Doctor must teach his adversaries that time travel has responsibilities - and in so doing, learns a harsh lesson in the cruellest warfare of all.

We also know it features Albert Welling as Hitler and is directed by Richard Senior, previously at the helm for Time and Space plus the Doctor Who pre-title sequence for this year's NTA awards.

Episode 9: Night Terrors

Written by Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss has previously written spooky episodes including The Unquiet Dead and The Idiot's Lantern, but he promises that Night Terrors features some of the scariest moments he's ever dreamt up! The adventure has a modern day setting and features a little boy who has a fear of something... Can the Doctor help him?

Episode 10: The Girl Who Waited

Written by Tom MacRae

Tom MacRae's previous credits include The Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel plus the critically acclaimed The Crash of the Elysium. This is his first television adventure for the Eleventh Doctor and it's directed by Nick Hurran who was recently at the helm for the updated version of the cult classic, The Prisoner.

Episode 11: The God Complex

Written by Toby Whithouse

We know the adventure is set in a hotel and features an alien called Gibbis played by David Walliams. Again, the episode is directed by Nick Hurran and as writer Toby Whithouse was behind School Reunion and The Vampires of Venice, we know we've got something special to look forward to!

Episode 12

Written by Gareth Roberts

Craig Owens is back! The popular character from last year's The Lodger returns and judging from the trailer for eps 8-13 he's getting closer than ever to the Doctor! The adventure is written by Gareth Roberts whose credits include Attack of the Graske, The Unicorn and the Wasp and, of course, The Lodger.

Episode 13

Written by Steven Moffat

The big finale! This one remains shrouded in mystery but Karen Gillan has promised us that the series will contain 'possibly the biggest twist so far'... Is it possible that this is the adventure that delivers it? Steven Moffat penned last year's incredible finale but it's probable that this adventure will conclude the series with a bigger bang than ever!

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

25 July 2011

The BBC have now released two trailers for the forthcoming second part of Series 6 of Doctor Who.

The first trailer is for Episodes 8-13, and the second is for Episode 11. Information has now filtered through to us that the start date for the second half of the season will be Saturday 27th August 2011, for both BBC One and BBC America.

Trailer 1 - Episodes 8-13:

Trailer 2 - Episode 11: The God Complex:

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

24 July 2011

Karen Gillan has confirmed she will be in Series 7 of Doctor Who, in a short video interview with Zap2it, at this years San Diego Comic Con - but don't take our word for it, hear it from Karen's lips in the video below:

It is, as yet, unknown when Series 7 will air, but current reports are that the series proper will not return until 2013. The BBC is expected to make an announcement on the scheduling for 2012 / 2013 in August.

[Source: Zap2it]

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]

24 July 2011

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan are attending this years San Diego Comic Con, and recently conducted a video interview for G4:

[Source: G4]

24 July 2011

The official Doctor Who BBC Doctor Who Facebook page has announced that a trailer for Series 6: Part 2 will be exclusively available Tonight at 9:30pm, via the page.

To tie in with tonight's trailer, DWO will be giving away 1 x copy of the recently released Paradise Towers Doctor Who DVD, to one lucky follower of the Doctor Who Online Facebook page. Simply click the 'Like' button and you will automatically be entered. If you are already a follower, the good news is that you too are already entered in the competition.

To give each member time to watch the trailer tonight, we will be announcing the winner on the DWO Facebook page at 9:35pm.

+  Click Here to 'Like' the BBC Doctor Who Facebook page.

+  Click Here to 'Like' the Doctor Who Online Facebook page.

[Sources: BBC; DWO]

22 July 2011

Character Options have released details and an image for the TARDIS Console Room Mega Set by Character Building.

TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space and looks just like a wooden Police phone box from the 1950’s on the outside, but is of infinite proportions on the inside. 

This incredible time machine is piloted by The Doctor, a mysterious Time Lord and it’s able to transport him anywhere through time and space, disappearing in one place and reappearing somewhere new.

Amy Pond waited fourteen years for her chance to travel with the Doctor, after meeting him when she was seven years old. Despite her small-town roots, Amy takes everything in her stride and quickly became the Doctor’s best friend.

Now you can build the Eleventh Doctors iconic vehicle with this highly detailed construction playset that features TARDIS interior console room and exterior with alien world landscape.

Set also includes four Doctor who micro-figures! The Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams and River Song.

+  The Cyberman Conversion Chamber Mini Set is released on 21st August 2011, priced £39.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Character Options]

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