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5 February 2011

With the rather disappointing (and frankly, ridiculous) National Television Awards out of the way, things are looking up for Doctor Who in the Awards world, thanks to the results in this years SFX Awards.

The winners of the 2011 awards were announced at this weekend's SFX Weekender event, where Doctor Who scooped up in 5 categories: 

Best TV Show - Doctor Who

SFX Sci-Fi Phenomenon - Doctor Who

Best Actor - Matt Smith

Best Actress - Karen Gillan

Best Collectible Model or Toy - The Eleven Doctors Figure Set

Steven Moffat (pictured), was on-hand to accept the award for Best TV Show.

+  The results in full can be seen in Issue #206 of SFX Magazine, on sale 9th February 2011.

[Source: SFX Weekender]

5 February 2011

Panini reveal more details for their upcoming Doctor Who Magazine for North America; Doctor Who Insider - or DWI as DWO are affectionately calling it!

The new North American magazine, Doctor Who Insider, is officially licensed by BBC Worldwide and will feature 100% original material, celebrating all eras of Doctor Who.

Each issue will explore the fantastic Doctor Who universe with star interviews, behind-the-scenes features, character and monster guides, news and pictures from the world of Doctor Who fandom, and an in-depth look at the latest Doctor Who releases. Plus, every issue will include a double-sided fold-out poster.

“We are absolutely delighted to be launching Doctor Who Insider in North America,” says Mike Riddell, Managing Director of Panini UK. “Doctor Who has always been a strong performer for Panini UK and we are very excited to be able to collaborate with BBC Worldwide and BBC AMERICA and build on its increasing popularity in the United States and Canada.”

Panini will launch the first monthly issue of Doctor Who Insider on 7th April 2011, priced $6.99. It will be available alongside the established Doctor Who Magazine, offering Doctor Who enthusiasts more than ever before.

** Please note that the cover is a draft and may not necessarily be the cover used in the final version.

[Source: John Ainsworth]

5 February 2011

BBC America have sent DWO the cover and details for the June 2011, Region 1 DVD release of Frontios.

An irresistible force draws the TARDIS to the barren surface of Frontios, where in the far future the last surviving humans cower amongst the ruins of their wrecked spacecraft.

Under constant threat from lethal meteorite bombardments, few of the doomed colony members realize that the ground of Frontios itself opens up and devours the unwary.

Not permitted to assist, the Doctor attempts to leave, but is thwarted when the unimaginable occurs: the TARDIS is utterly destroyed.

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary

• Driven to Distractation 

• Deleted and Extended Scenes 

• Photo Gallery 

• PDF materials: Radio Times Listings

• Production Notes Subtitle Option

+  Frontios is released on 14th June 2011, priced $24.98 (USA) / $26.98 (Canada).

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: BBC America]

5 February 2011

Silva Screen Records have sent DWO the cover and full tracklisting for the forthcoming Soundtrack for 5.14: A Christmas Carol , featuring music by Murray Gold and conducted by Ben Foster.


1. Come Along Pond

2. Halfway out of the Dark

3. Pray for a Miracle

4. Geoff

5. You Didn't Hit the Boy

6. Fish

7. Kazran Sardick 12 1/2

8. Ghost of Christmas Past

9. Babysitter

10. Talk About Girls

11. Sonic Fishing

12. Just a Little One

13. Big Colour

14. I Can't Save Her

15. The Other Half's Inside the Shark

16. Abigail

17. He comes every Christmas

18. Shark Ride

19. New Memories

20. Holding Hands

21. Christmas Dinner

22. Goodlucknight

23. Goodnight Abigail

24. This Planet Is Ours

25. Ghost of Christmas Present

26. The Course of my Life

27. Ghost of Christmas Future

28. Abigail's Song (Silence is all you Know) - Performed by Katherine Jenkins

29. Everything Has to End Some Time

 Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol - Soundtrack is released on 21st March 2011, priced £8.99.

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[Source: Silva Screen Records]

4 February 2011

Speaking live on BBC Radio 2, Little Britain and Come Fly With Me star, David Walliams, confirmed that he has a role in the upcoming series of Doctor Who.

Speaking on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, Walliams stated: "I've actually been offered a part in Doctor Who, which I'm very excited about." He continued: "I've said yes. I don't think I can reveal much, I'll just say I'm playing an alien."

He added that he will be filming the role "in a few weeks", which means it will form part of the second half of the season which will air in the Autumn.

[Source: BBC Radio 2]

3 February 2011

Manufacturer: Big Finish Productions

Written By: Jonathan Morris

RRP: £14.99

Release Date: 31st January 2011

Reviewed by: Matthew Young for Doctor Who Online

Review Posted: 3rd February 2011

Part of Big Finish’s Sixth Doctor range, The Crimes of Thomas Brewster marks the return of the eponymous past companion as part of a fine cast in this funny, referential but somewhat unbalanced adventure...

The story begins when The Doctor (Colin Baker) is called to London by the Metropolitan police to investigate a mysterious gangster known only as...‘The Doctor’! The fun of this premise isn’t so much the mystery of who might be behind this (the title gives you a fairly good guess to begin with) but The Doctors reaction to the situation. Investigating, he at first assumes the gang leader could be a version of himself from a forgotten past or yet-to-occur future. Discovering that ‘The Doctor’ is collecting weapons for some unknown purpose, he wonders if his future self could be capable of something which, to him, seems unthinkable; “doesn’t sound like me” he muses. This timey-wimey conundrum is furthered by the inclusion of DI Patricia Menzies (Anna Hope reprising her role from The Condemned and The Raincloud Man) who, previously a companion to The Doctor, has now encountered him from before he has met her. All the while, she must keep quiet about knowing him in order to secure their time line. As well as some humorous scenes where Menzies feigns amazement over time travel, I laughed out loud when Menzies said she figured all of this out by reading ‘The Time Travellers Wife’ (“well, watched the DVD”). It’s a brilliant piece of referential humour that brings a great sense of fun to the story while also playing with the concept of time travel to great effect.

Moments like this reveal The Crimes of Thomas Brewster as a story driven by its appealing characters. It’s strongest when it allows them to let loose with some great humour and energy. I have always loved Evylne Smyth (Maggie Stables) as a companion – an elderly British History professor travelling with The Doctor just makes sense – and her dialogue and relationship with The Doctor is at its best here.  There are also some brilliant Colin Baker moments that will give you the giggles: The Doctor finds a use for that coat; asserts that he is “not captain Kirk!”; and even lets out a well timed “Geronimo!” 

Gangland goings on are not the only thing the Doctor has to contend with, however. He is also being attacked by Terravores; giant and deadly robotic mosquitoes. To continue with the theme of displaced meetings, they have met The Doctor before; but he has yet to meet them. As the story progressed, and The Doctor got involved with the police and murky underworld of London as supernatural goings on transpired, I couldn’t help but be reminded of a contemporary version of The Talons of Weng-Chiang. This, in my book, is a very good thing and the first two parts of the story have a similar sense of referential fun mixed with genuine threat. I wish the story either embraced its setting of modern London more or had picked another time period as a setting. There are references to iPhones, Twitter and Lady Gaga which make it unmistakably modern, but there is also a large cast of stereotypical cockney gangsters which, while causing some serious titters, seemed out of place. 

In fact, the setting of London was so fun that some of the lustre was lost once the action shifted to a mysterious alien world. The storyline involving the Terravore conflict with ‘The Locus’ – the hive mind of a living planet – is interesting in itself, but feels drafted from another story. While modern London and this alien world are linked – quite literally – in the story, I felt that after leaving London the story never replicated the sparkle present in the first two parts. This is made worse by the late introduction of two needless and little used characters and the absence of Evylne’s lively self in the later sections. Most disappointingly, Thomas Brewster (John Pickard) himself isn’t used to great effect. Again, he is closely linked to the story line but, other than a compelling conversation with The Doctor explaining his actions, he is by no means the heart of the story I was hoping for. I felt more interested in his history and activities in London than the story of the Terravores and Locus.  While consistently entertaining, this story had all the ingredients to be much more. Thankfully, the final minutes suggest we might learn more about Brewster very soon...


3 February 2011

Manufacturer: Big Finish Productions

Written By: Nev Fountain

RRP: £12.99

Release Date: 31st January 2011

Reviewed by: Matthew Davis for Doctor Who Online

Review Posted: 3rd February 2011

Perpugilliam Brown, or as we all know her: Peri.

Companion to both the Fifth and Sixth Doctor, her importance in Doctor Who history should not be summarized as that annoying American who wore inappropriate clothing in life threatening situations. There is far more to Miss Brown than you would think and we finally get to see who she really is and, incredibly, who she will be in this very complex and rich release from Big Finish.

The second double length release for the Companion Chronicles since The Suffering, you may be forgiven for thinking that to dedicate two CDs to Peri Brown was mere indulgence on Big Finish’s part. You couldn’t be more wrong, because what we have here is a Companion Chronicle that not only pushes the format in a new and interesting way, but for my money is one of the best audio plays Big Finish has ever put out.

The story begins with young Peri, arriving wi th the Fifth Doctor in Los Angeles in 2009, to track down a Piscon by the name of Zarl, intent on causing mischief as only a Fish relative of the Pescatons would do. But the Doctor and Peri are joined unexpectedly in their hunt by a future version of Peri, claiming to work for a government division that protects the Earth from Alien invaders.

So far rather intriguing but what grabs your attention is that the future Peri is not only older, but she is not very likeable. In fact she is so cynical she could give Lauren Bacall a run for her money.

But as with the best of the Big Finish audio plays, not everything is a simple as it seems.

The very nature of the Companion Chronicles is to allow the listener an experience of travelling with the Doctor through the eyes of his companions. It is their perception of him and his actions that make them compelling listening, and here Peri’s perception of the events that unfold are the key to the whole story, but rather incredibly, we get the story not from one Peri, but by future Peri too. This is a simple but brilliant device, as certain heroic events related by the younger Peri, become not so heroic, in fact rather farcical when told by her future self.

Peri, played brilliantly as ever by Nicola Bryant, makes for a very engaging narrator. Shes funny, surprisingly open about her hopes and dreams in life, such as her desire for motherhood, and warm. One of my favourite moments in the play is where she addresses why she is always wearing high heels, referring to them as “Optimism Shoes”, that by wearing them, she hopes the next planet she and the Doctor land one will be a nice one with no danger. It is little moments such as this, which make you fall in love with her character, making the sombre and cynical narration by the future Peri all the more intriguing.

Not only do we get two Peris, we also get two Doctors, with one, unusual for the Companion Chronicles, played by one of the actors himself and not impersonated by the companion.

Colin Baker’s presence in the play as The Sixth Doctor is not there for the sake of it, for he plays a rather important role in events and to say anymore would be a spoiler too far.

This release rather boldly gives us the answer to really happened to Peri after we last saw her in Mindwarp? Did she really go off and marry Brian Blessed? Well we finally get our answer, and it is devastating.

Throughout the play, the madness of the adventure gives way to some heart wrenching moments as we learn of Peri’s fate and it is a credit to writer Nev Fountain that with all the mad comedy and emotional drama going on the tone of the play does not jar, but flows beautifully between the two.

If any criticism could be brought up is that some of the running jokes, particularly those about plastic surgery wear a bit thin early on and some of the supporting characters are merely plot devices, but they are rather small issues when, as a whole, this audio play is a triumph.


1 February 2011

Former EastEnders actor Lee Ross and Misfits guest star Danny Sapani have both landed roles in the new series of Doctor Who, their agency CVs reveal.

Lee Ross, who played alcoholic wife beater Owen Turner in the BBC One soap between 2006-2009, has been cast as Boatswain in Episode 3, written by Steve Thompson (Sherlock) and directed by Jeremy Webb. Ross also played Gene Hunt’s rival, DCI Derek Litton, in both Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes.

Danny Sapani, who played doomed probabtion officer Tony Morecombe in Episode 1 of Misfits, has been cast as Colonel Manton in Episode 7, titled 'Demons Run'.

[Source: Cultbox]

1 February 2011

Manufacturer: Big Finish Productions

Written By: Eddie Robson

RRP: £10.99

Release Date: 31st January 2011

Reviewed by: Matthew Young for Doctor Who Online

Review Posted: 1st February 2011

Part of the on-going fourth series of Eighth Doctor stories, Prisoner of the Sun marks another great Paul McGann adventure which, although sagging in some sections, is filled with brilliant ideas and sets up a drama-rich dilemma for The Doctor to face...

While all Big Finish dramas help expand the scope of the Doctor Who world, Paul McGann’s recent adventures hold particular appeal to fans. Any story involving The Eighth Doctor allows us to speculate on what direction the ‘lost series’, abandoned following the 1996 TV movie, might have taken. Into its fourth series of Eighth Doctor stories, Big Finish has revealed McGann as a brilliant Doctor. 

The story to Prisoner of the Sun immediately attracts your attention. We find the Doctor a prisoner; having been trapped inside a scientific station, located within a sun, for six years. Assisting a rebel group in their efforts against the sinister ‘Consensus’ – a collection of leaders who, having bought an end to wars in their system, themselves became tyrannical despots – The Doctor has been captured and forced to maintain the base. Having originally being intended as a method of using the sun’s energy as a weapon, the base now needs to be operated in order to stabilise the star and prevent a super-nova that would destroy the two billion lives on nearby planets. 

This provides a brilliant twist to the ‘prisoner’ story line. The Doctor describes himself not as a prisoner of force, but one of responsibility. Perfectly fitting with The Doctor's character, he could escape at any time but instead remains until he can ensure the safety of the planets below. This cleverly shifts the story away from a simple ‘great escape’ focus to more dramatically rich territory. The Mercurials, a mercury-like species hired to guard the base, are a great idea but also are presented as fleshed out characters. The rebels who arrive on the base, however, provide the key drama. Through the majority of the story you are left unclear whether they want to save The Doctor, kill him, or use him for their own ends. 

As The Doctor would be nothing without a companion, he has been provided with an android assistant whose character and appearance he can adapt to his will. In a brilliant scene, The Doctor dictates his preferred personality settings: “why don’t we start off with loyal, eager, earnest...sense of humour.” By doing this, The Doctor in effect ‘creates’ his perfect companion and, while this description could match most past companions, giving the android the voice of Lucie Miller demonstrates that The Doctor has become very attached to the character. Although his choice of voice becomes a story element later on, this is a very clever way to develop the relationship without Lucie being present in the story (having left The Doctor in the previous instalment). It also provides Sheridan Smith with an opportunity to play two very different characters: The Doctors current, sweet android Daphne and his previous, sinister android Sophie. Smith embraces the opportunity and provides some very humorous scenes to those in the know about the real Lucie’s relationship with The Doctor.

Throughout the story, The Doctor is forced to question the very reality of the situation he is in. The drama centres on whether the characters in the story are willing to risk the lives of billions to further their own ends. However, while fun at first, the discussion between The Doctor and Hagan the rebel – during which they each present different theories about nature of their scenario – goes on for too long. While McGann’s Doctor is, by nature, calm and reasoned in his discussion, this is complimented by the performance of Antony Costa which comes across slightly flat in these scenes and detracts from the potential drama.

Still, the story quickly picks up the pace and leads to a very satisfying conclusion. Of particular note is the sound effects used throughout. The use of different alarms in a number of scenes really adds to the tense atmosphere. There is an alarm for various dangerous scenarios and more sound as the situation grows more and more dire. It’s a very simple method, but also very effective. Add to all this a gripping final moment that will have you counting the days till the next release in the series, and this story comes highly recommended.


31 January 2011

The Spotlight entry for actor, Simon Fisher-Becker, who played Dorium Maldavar in 5.12: The Pandorica Opens, states that he will return to the role in Episode 7 of Series 6.

The entry also confirms the title as being 6.7: Demons Run, although this could still change.

To add further substance to this, a recent image has surfaced online via DoctorWhoSpoilers.com, which you can see to the right. This image is copyright to Steve Joes.

** DWO do not post spoiler related information on our news pages, but as this pertains to a an episode title, we thought it newsworthy. For spoiler related discussion as well as other pictures from filming, you can check out the Series 6 Spoilers and Speculation thread on the s425_S6-Spoilers-and-Speculation.aspx">DWO Forums.

[Source: DWO Forum Member; Kavien]

27 January 2011

Manufacturer: BBC Children's Books

Written By: Justin Richards & Trevor Baxendale

RRP:  £6.99

Release Date: 3rd February 2011

Reviewed by: Rebecca Holbourn for Doctor Who Online

Review Posted: 27th January 2011

I found the idea of a two in one book rather exciting, but you instantly face this awful dilemma of which to read first due to the fact that both have fronts. So, naturally I turned the book over several times before choosing. I was excited to find out that Rory featured in both stories but disappointed he hadn’t made it on to the cover too.

I settled down to read Heart of Stone and was not disappointed as was instantly presented with a mysterious event to which there seemed no logical and immediate reason. How does a wall fall down as though hit by a lorry that doesn’t exist and why have all the rocks turned in to moonstone? Intrigued I read on, the characters capturing me and feeling very in tune with the show. The Doctor, in his Doctory way flounced around getting under everybody’s feet with Amy and Rory desperately trying to keep up. It is quite a light plot, although it does have its darker moments. There are several parts which make you laugh out loud and a few which have you on the edge of your seat. All the way through the twists and turns keep you constantly guessing and intrigued. Everything turning to stone really makes you wonder how can everything turn back? Although occasionally, it can have a slight lack of clarity and the occasional illogical moment, it is a book which keeps you captured and despairing that normality can ever return to the village, which is just what you look for in any good plot.

Thrilled with the first half I eagerly turned the book over and started reading Death Riders. Well, with a ride called “The Death Ride”, that is just asking for trouble. Why are some tunnels out of limits? And will the death ride actually lead to death? There is a lot of suspense built up in this book and you constantly long to know what is waiting round the corner. The funfair itself is enjoyable and Rory in particular jumps off the page whilst trying to win something. I found this half to have a more comedic Doctor and it is really easy to imagine all the scenes taking place. I always find it enjoyable to make the connections at a similar pace to The Doctor as it feels like I am being lead down the path at the correct pace. It had some really wonderful characters and even made you recoil at imaginary smells. Occasionally a bit more description was needed but aside from that it was a really simple plot to follow and I look forward to rereading it in the future.

Both books are very enjoyable and make you want to keep reading till the end in one sitting. I really enjoyed both endings and they felt very satisfying and cheering. They are both very close to character and feel very believable. They are definitely books I would recommend even though they feel aimed at a younger audience then normal. There is enough depth and mystery to all so that you aren't constantly reminded that you are older.

I enjoyed the layout of the books and it was with a pang of sadness that I couldn’t turn over and find another book waiting for me to read.  Very enjoyable and I look forward to reading more in the future, as both Authors are always top class and reliably so.


Reviewed by: Matthew Edge for Doctor Who Online

Review Posted: 27th January 2011

The only problem with this book is deciding which of the two stories to read first. The book is designed so there is no preference shown to either story. I recommend flipping it (carefully) and start with which ever is facing up, either way you won’t be disappointed.

Both stories are set after Series five and include Rory in the TARDIS crew. Both stories capture the characters of the main cast well and the dialogue fits so well I can hear the voices in my head. They don’t have a crowded TARDIS problem; both Amy and Rory have important moments in both stories. It is Rory that jumps out at me in this he has some very nice moments which fit him perfectly.

Heart of Stone is an unearthly mystery story set on a farm in England. Moon rocks are scattered around after a ‘not a lorry’ hits a wall but that is just a minor inconvenience, the bigger problem is about to walk in. The setting ties in well with Season Five, being set on a farm out yonder far from any place of interest. The characters are well built and rounded and they all add to the story with no added padding. The monster is well thought-out and is a big threat to all the characters. The short chapters help the story flow along at a fast pace. The Science is just there to move the plot along, which is all it needs to be.

All the fun of the Fair and so much more. Death Riders has its fair share of funny, strange, puzzling and musical moments all fitting together to give an enjoyable yarn. A story of dangerous tunnels, smelly old ‘men’, a funfair in an asteroid and an aptly named ride. This is a well plotted story leading up to an unpredictable climax. The only disappointment being that The Doctor doesn’t dust off his recorder.

The book is seemingly aimed at any fan of the TV show, it has something for everybody; Monsters, Aliens, Jokes and for the older fan, many references to the classic series (how many references to The Chase can you spot). It is a book that hits the heart of Doctor Who and doesn’t let you down. But putting it down and not reading it in one sitting was hard. The end of each chapter was a cliffhanger drawing you into the next page.

Overall it is a strong book and highly recommended.


Reviewed by: David J. Bascombe for Doctor Who Online

Review Posted: 27th January 2011

Death Riders starts, as many of my favourite Doctor Who stories do, in an underground cave system. The first chapter providing what would essentially be the pre-credits sequence if this was to be adapted for an episode of the current television incarnation of the series.  That being said, whilst The Doctor, Amy and Rory are all very much of the 21st century, elements of the story, particularly the monster of the piece, and the mystery surrounding the cave system, reminded me of the 80s era of the television show. 

Once the mystery of the cave system and the mysterious deaths is revealed the story turns into a high risk adventure and a race against time. One of the benefits of Doctor Who in print form is that it is able to do things the TV series can’t do due to budget or safety limitations. I doubt that the Death Ride scene could be realised on screen as I imagined it without taking a large amount of the budget.

Whilst Death Riders is an enjoyable read that captures the characters we know well, Heart of Stone feels like it’s influenced by the show, rather than an actual part of the on-going story of the three characters.  Whilst the names are the same the characters don’t actually feel like the Doctor, Amy and Rory that I know.

In terms of the story I felt Heart of Stone to be less enjoyable than Death Riders. I found it rather difficult to care about the characters and after a while, the mystery surrounding the Rock Man.

Reading the book I was conscious of the target age range being 8-11. A good book can be enjoyed by all and the reader shouldn’t notice the author writing for a specific age range. Whilst this seemed true of Death Riders I felt that Heart of Stone was written for the younger end of the target audience.

The book is worth buying for Death Riders, as you’ll also have Heart of Stone as well, you might as well read it. You might like it after all. 


Reviewed by: Richard Orr for Doctor Who Online

Review Posted: 30th January 2011

Death Riders

The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive on the planet of Stanalan and walk straight into a Galactic Fair. Underneath the fun facade evil lurks in the shadows and when people start dying in mysterious circumstances the Doctor has a new mystery to solve.

Death Riders is a new story by long time Doctor Who novel writer Justin Richards and transports our heroes onto the planet as its residents await the completion of the adrenaline fuelled Death Ride.

However dark forces are at work and all is not as it may seem when Amy takes pity on a man and his furry friend.  Before long the whole universe is in danger as a long buried secret waits to be released.

The story itself starts off slow and calm, much like the Death Ride, and then begins to pick up pace as it hurtles with breakneck speed to a fantastic conclusion.

The characters are well written and the story feels epic in scale owing to the amount of people the Doctor, Amy and Rory come into contact over the course of the book as well as the sheer length of time it takes for the Death Ride to reach from one side of the planet to the other.  This is a fantastic story that will grip the reader from beginning to end.

Heart of Stone

A quiet farm in the middle of nowhere. Sounds normal doesn’t it? Well all is not as it seems especially when night falls and stone comes to life.

Heart of Stone is the latest story from Doctor Who novelist Trevor Baxendale and drops the Doctor, Amy and Rory into what looks like a normal quiet farm. Upon arrival it becomes obvious that all is not what it seems especially when pieces of moon rock are found among the rubble of a destroyed wall.

So begins a story of death and destruction which takes the reader to the moon and back. The writer gets the characters of the Doctor, Amy and Rory spot on and the supporting cast are equally well written, so much so that you really feel for them during some rather traumatic events throughout this half of the book and like Death Riders before it feels like an old school Doctor Who television story.

In contrast to Death Riders this story feels a lot smaller in scale with only 7 main characters in play during the course of the adventure. Not that this is a bad thing.

My one problem with the story was that the writer felt the need to introduce the Doctor, Amy, Rory and the TARDIS like we didn’t already know who or what they are but as it takes up so little time in the book itself and the story is so good I shall forgive this.

Reviewed by: Emma Dudley for Doctor Who Online

Review Posted: 30th January 2011

The new style of Doctor Who books (2 in 1) is an ingenious idea, as the Doctor would say - especially as when you finish one book and you're left craving just a little bit more, you can just turn it over and there's another book! The covers themselves are wonderful illustrations of the monsters contained within each of the books. Flipping over from to the other is a great advantage and each title attracts you to look inside. However there is one slight problem in choosing which book to read first! Do I go for the Death Riders with the luring line of "It's not all fun at the Galactic Fair," or Heart of Stone and its "A single touch could turn you to stone forever," which sounds quite frankly, terrifying.

I made the tough decision of reading Death Riders by Justin Richards first. The initial chapter pulls you in just like a rollercoaster, (awful pun there, I apologise) and you are left wondering what has happened. Richard's has written the three characters perfectly, particularly the Doctor's randomness that he has and his urges to lick rocks. As well as Amy's persistence, the Doctor is always late. The talk of 'off limits' rings alarm bells and the Doctor does his usual raggedy investigating. Three new characters come to light in this adventure: Perpetual Pete, Gravo the musician and his "animal" Drexxon. 

There are many twists in the story and life for the humans within the meteorite they call home has its own danger they are unaware of. A hidden history threatens to bring home to both the Doctor, Amy, Rory and the human community. You'll have to read the nail biting conclusion yourself to find out about Drexxon and if the Doctor and his friends do indeed save the day. 

Heart of Stone by Trevor Baxendale is the next Doctor Who adventure, literally a page away. A mysterious beginning yanks you into the pages - is it a meteorite? An aeroplane? An alien? You'll soon find out. The TARDIS landing in a pigsty is amusing and our three regulars reveal themselves to two new ones, a farmer and his daughter and not forgetting Percy the pregnant pig. The Doctor jumps right into the heart of the matter and just as night falls a creature returns to wreck havoc. A farmhouse is destroyed and lovers separated. The moon involves itself and Rory even gets a trip there; one small step for Rory etc. 

The fast paced adventure goes on and you wonder how the Doctor and his friends will save the Earth. In the only way he knows how, the Doctor confuses everyone with his technobabble. A jaunt to a laboratory shows hidden a secret of an experiment gone wrong. The farmer becomes one of the enemy and the technobabble becomes out of control. You will have to read on yourself to see how Heart of Stone ends. 

Both books are fantatatic reads and being able to read 2 in 1 is just a great advantage. They read just like an episode would and the characters are described wonderfully. The separate adventures with their own twists and turns. I can't wait to get my hands on more adventures. 

26 January 2011

Doctor Who failed to win the Best Drama & Best Drama Performance categories at this years National Television Awards.

The Best Drama award, which the show has won for the past 5 consecutive years, instead went to Waterloo Road, in a shock twist that even the bookies couldn't predict.

Even the Best Drama Performance category failed to snag the show an award for Matt Smith, who lost out to David Jason.

Clearly this is a shock for fellow fans, especially as the show has ranked so highly at the awards in previous years.

There was, however, solace in the form of a 3-minute Doctor Who sequence at the be ginning of the show, which featured Matt Smith and Dermot O'Leary. A search on YouTube for 'NTA Doctor Who 2011' will bring up the video.

Regardless of the outcome, it is DWO's opinion that Series Five was one of the finest for Doctor Who to date, with excellent writing, a fantastic cast, and a painstakingly hard working production team to boot. Chins up guys and gals - you were robbed!

The nominations were voted for by the public and the winners announced live on television earlier this evening.

[Source: National Television Awards]

26 January 2011

BBC Books have sent DWO the covers and details for the April 2011 Doctor Who Novels:

Dead of Winter

Written by James Goss

‘The Dead are not alone. There is something in the mist and it talks to them.'

In Dr Bloom’s clinic at a remote spot on the Italian coast, at the end of the 18th century, nothing is ever quite what it seems. Maria is a lonely little girl with no one to play with. She writes letters to her mother from the isolated resort where she is staying. She tells of the pale English aristocrats and the mysterious Russian nobles and their attentive servants.

She tells of intrigue and secrets, and she tells of strange faceless figures that rise from the sea. She writes about the enigmatic Mrs Pond who arrives with her husband and her physician, and who will change everything. What she doesn’t tell her mother is the truth that everyone knows and no one says – that the only people who come here do so to die.

Hunter’s Moon

Written by Paul Finch

‘There's no end to the horror in this place - it's like Hell, and there are devils round every corner.’

Welcome to Leisure Platform 9 – a place where gamblers and villains rub shoulders with socialites and celebrities. Don’t cheat at the games tables, and be careful who you beat. The prize for winning the wrong game is to take part in another, as Rory is about to discover – and the next game could be the death of him.

When Rory is kidnapped by the brutal crime lord Xorg Krauzzen, the Doctor and Amy must go undercover to infiltrate the deadly contest being played out in the ruins of Gorgoror. But how long before Krauzzen realises the Doctor isn’t a vicious mercenary and discovers what Amy is up to? It’s only a matter of time. And time is the one thing Rory and the other fugitives on Gorgoror don’t have. 

They are the hunted in a game that can only end in death, and time for everyone is running out...

The Way Through the Woods

Written by Una McCormack

‘The motorway bends around the woods. So did the old road. So did the Roman road. As long as people have lived here, they've gone out of their way to avoid the woods...’

England, today. Between the housing estate and the motorway lies an ancient wood. The motorway bends to avoid it. Last week, teenager Laura Brown went missing. Tonight, Vicky Caine will miss her bus and take a shortcut through the wood. And she will disappear too. England, 1917. Between the village and the main road lies an ancient wood. The old Roman road bends to avoid it.  Tonight Emily Bostock and a man called Rory Williams will go to the woods.

Investigating events in the present day and back in 1917, the Doctor and Amy are desperate to find out what’s happened to Rory.  He was supposed to look after Emily – and now they’ve both vanished. Something is waiting in the woods. Something that’s been there for thousands of years. Something that is now waking up...

+  All three novels are released 28th April 2011, priced £6.99 each.

+  Compare Prices for these books on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: BBC Books]

26 January 2011

Tonight sees the announcement of the winners at the 2011 National Television Awards, where Doctor Who features in two categories:

Best Drama - Doctor Who

Best Drama Performance - Matt Smith, Karen Gillan

Regardless of the outcome, however, Doctor Who fans will be treated to a short Doctor Who themed sketch, in which Matt Smith and Dermot O'Leary travel in the TARDIS to the EastEnders and Coronation Street sets.

+  The National Television Awards, airs at 7:30pm on ITV1.

[Source: Steven Day]

25 January 2011

Classic Series Doctor Who Editor, Tariq Anwar has been nominated for Film Editing in the 2011 Academy Awards.

Anwar, whose previous Doctor Who editing credits include; The Face of Evil, The Sun Makers and Shada, received the nomination for his work on The King's Speech.

The King's Speech has a total of 12 nominations in this year's awards.

[Source: Neil Marsh]

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