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Welcome to the News & Reviews section here at Doctor Who Online! This is where you will find all the latest Doctor Who related news and reviews split up into easy to use sections - each section is colour coded for your convenience. The latest items can be found at the top, and older items follow down the page.

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30 November 2010

BBC Worldwide has released the first two screenshots from their brand new self-published iPhone and iPad game Doctor Who: The Mazes Of Time. [pictured right]

Players will be able to swap between playing The Doctor and Amy during gameplay, which also appears to feature The Daleks (and people holding their hands up!).

The Mazes Of Time is developed by Tag Games and will be available in Early December, price TBA.

[Sources: Doctor Who Online; BBC Worldwide Games]

29 November 2010

Return to Earth, released for the Wii, picks up where the DS game, Evacuation Earth, left off and, in storyline terms, is a very accomplished addition to the Doctor Who fold. That is hardly surprising however, given that it was penned by noted author of Doctor Who novels, Oli Smith.

While purists will refuse to acknowledge it as canon, it stands up well enough in its own right and moves the gameplay along well.

For those who didn’t play the prequel, a brief outline is useful, though not essential. Evacuation Earth saw The Doctor and Amy Pond ensuring, appropriately enough, that the Earth is evacuated in the wake of a Solar Storm. They end up on the SS Lucy Gray investigating both the origin of the Storm and an inconveniently vanished TARDIS.

The outing on the Wii picks up with the baton with the Lucy Gray abandoned, and the Cybermen looming – fans of the Daleks will have no choice but to pick up the DS game if they want to see them as the main opposition.

Where Return to Earth, and Wii Games in general, really stands out is the imaginative use of the controller, as it turns into an analogue of the sonic screwdriver, and makes a good job of recreating its functions, even more so if you can get your hands on the add on that literally turns your controller into a replica screwdriver.

And what an innovation it is. The sonic screwdriver is second only to the lightsabre in terms of science fiction items that the Wii remote appears to have been built for and the implementation hasn’t really let down the promise.

But really, the game doesn’t quite fulfil its promise and the narrative is confined to the interior of the spaceship - a little disappointing given the wealth of landscapes on offer within Doctor Who if a bit of imaginations is used.

If you want to try the game before you buy it you can rent it from www.lovefilm.com who are currently offering a free trial.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

25 November 2010

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

The Mutants

Featuring: Jon Pertwee as The Third Doctor

The Time Lords send the Doctor and Jo on a mission to deliver a sealed message pod to an unknown party aboard a Skybase orbiting the planet Solos in the 30th century.

Solos is due to gain independence from Earth's empire but its Marshal is determined to prevent this. He arranges the murder of the Earth Administrator and, with his chief scientist Jaeger, plans to transform Solo's atmosphere into one more suited to humans. 

Ky, a young Solonian leader, is falsely accused of the murder and flees to the planet, taking Jo with him. The Doctor follows and joins them in an old thaesium mine. Ky turns out to be the intended recipient of the message pod, which opens automatically for him. Inside are stone tablets carved with ancient inscriptions...

Special Features:

Disc 1- Episodes

• 6 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio. 

• Commentary - stereo. With actors Katy Manning and Garrick Hagon, director Christopher Barry, script editor Terrance Dicks, co-writer Bob Baker, special sounds supervisor Brian Hodgson and designer Jeremy Bear. Moderated by Nicholas Pegg.

• Coming Soon (dur. Approx 1’) - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.

• Programme subtitles.

• Subtitle Production Notes.

Disc 2 – DVD Extras

• Mutt Mad (dur. 20’ 43”) – cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actor Garrick Hagon, producer Barry Letts, director Christopher Barry, co-writer Bob Baker, script editor Terrance Dicks and designer Jeremy Bear. 

• Race Against Time (dur. 37’ 38”) - Noel Clarke narrates a documentary looking at the representation of black actors in Doctor Who and on British TV as a whole. With writer and critic Bidisha, writer Stephen Bourne, actor Fraser James, and Doctor Who Magazine’s assistant editor Peter Ware. Narrated by Noel Clarke. 

• Dressing Doctor Who (dur. 27’ 04”) – three-times Academy Award winning costume designer James Acheson takes an affectionate look back over his earlier work on Doctor Who from his home in New Zealand. Narrated by Simon Ockendon.

• Blue Peter (dur. 1’ 35”) – Peter Purves takes a look at a collection of Doctor Who monsters prior to the opening of an exhibition of visual effects.

• Photo Gallery (dur. 2’ 56”) - production, design and publicity photos from the story.

• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

24 November 2010

Doctor Who stars, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will present Radio 1's Top 10s of 2010, on Christmas Eve.

The show will see the pair airing their favourite tracks from 2010, and will be broadcast between 8-9pm.

Full details, together with other presenters over the festive period, can be found via the press release on the BBC Press Office website.

[Source: BBC Press Office]

24 November 2010

London workers got a bit of a shock on their way into the office this morning...

A group of intimidating Cybermen from cult show Doctor Who invaded the city, marching through St Paul's and the London Undergound.

The stunt was to celebrate the launch of the Doctor Who Experience - a fully interactive themed adventure and exhibition opening in the capital in February.

The cyborgs recreated a very familiar scene from the famous 1968 episode The Invasion, posing on the steps in front of St Paul's Cathedral.

Visitors to the Experience will be invited to step inside the Tardis to become The Doctor's companion in fighting his other enemy, the Daleks.

The Doctor Who Experience, which will open at London's Olympia Two on February 20, 2011, will include special effects and newly-filmed scenes with current Doctor Matt Smith recreating the Time Lord's adventures.

It includes an exhibition charting the history of the programme from its first series in 1963 to the latest episodes. Original costumes, a Tom Baker-era Tardis and Cybermen, Silurians and a Zygon will also be on display.

Executive producer Steven Moffat said: 'The Doctor Who Experience is a fan's dream come true - a fully interactive adventure that will allow viewers of the show to get as close as possible to some of the scariest monsters from the series.

'It will also be the first time that Doctor Who artefacts from all the show's 47-year history - classic and new - will be on display together, many of them being seen for the first time. 

'And never mind that, this is the day the Doctor teaches you how to fly the Tardis through time and space, and takes you into battle with all his deadliest enemies in a brand new adventure.'

Tickets for the show are on sale now through www.doctorwhoexperience.com.

[Source: The Daily Mail]

23 November 2010

It is with deepest regret that DWO announces the passing of Classic Doctor Who Actress, Ingrid Pitt.

Ingrid was perhaps best known to Doctor Who fans for her roles as Galleia in The Third Doctor adventure; The Time Monster, and as Solow in The Fifth Doctor adventure; Warriors of the Deep. Recently, Ingrid co-authored Doctor Who audio adventure; The Macros, for Big Finish's 'Lost Stories' range.

DWO would like to extend our sympathies to Ingrid's family and friends.

[Source: BBC News]

23 November 2010

The BBC Press Office has released the synopsis and a promo image for this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special; 5.14: A Christmas Carol.

Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way The Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser, in a festive edition of the time-travelling adventure, written by Steven Moffat. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs of Christmas Eve?

Amy Pond is played by Karen Gillan, Rory Williams by Arthur Darvill, The Doctor by Matt Smith and Kazran Sardick by Michael Gambon.

Doctor Who is simulcast in HD on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.

[Source: BBC Press Office]

19 November 2010

Tonight's Children in Need appeal saw a preview trailer for the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, A Christmas Carol.

The special, which will air on Christmas Day, guest stars; Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins, and will reportedly be over an hour in length.

You can see the preview trailer below:

DWO have a special eBay auction that sees the ashes from our recent 'Will it Blend?' YouTube Episode, up for grabs. A big chunk of the proceeds of the sale will be going to the Children in Need appeal, so get bidding here: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220697587783&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT.

[Sources: Doctor Who Online; BBC]

17 November 2010

Russell T. Davies has revealed that new Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat wants to feature Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) in the show at some point in the future. Davies made the comments in an interview with IGN where he also discussed how he and Moffat exchange storyline details on future plots on Doctor Who and its spin-off shows The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood so nothing clashes between the three shows.

Speaking to IGN, Russell T. Davies had the following to say:

"Well, Steven said he'd love to see Jack in Doctor Who. So if Steven says that, Steven will make it happen, I would think. That's not inside information, but I bet one day it will happen. I'd love to see it. It would be marvellous."

The character of Captain Jack Harkness was first introduced in the first season two-part story The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances which was written by Moffat. The character appeared in five episodes of Season One and was subsequently given his own spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman returned to Doctor Who as Captain Jack for the three-part series three finale and the two-part series four finale. He also had a cameo appearance in David Tennant's final story as the 10th Doctor, The End of Time.

As fans will already be aware Torchwood is due to return next year for a new ten-part series which will see Barrowman reprise his role of Captain Jack once more with Eve Myles back as Gwen Cooper. It's unlikely therefore we will see Jack back in Doctor Who anytime soon but with both Torchwood and Who filming in America next year who knows?

[Source: IGN]

16 November 2010

Doctor Who has entered the UK Indie Singles Charts with two entries from Murray Gold.

Both entries, which are from the recently released Doctor Who: Series 5 Soundtrack, entered the charts after just 1 week of release.

In position #30 is 'Doctor Who XI', which is track number 1 on the Series 5 soundtrack, and in position #16 is 'I Am The Doctor', which is track number 9 on the soundtrack.

We strongly encourage fans to download from iTunes / Amazon, or purchase the Soundtrack from shops / online stores to help get Doctor Who into the Christmas Top 40 charts.

 Check the progress of the UK Indie Singles Charts here.

[Sources: Simon Bisgrove; BBC Radio 1]

16 November 2010

DWO now have a brand new Facebook page which our visitors can follow on the popular social networking site.

To celebrate the launch of the new page, we are giving away a copy of the new Doctor Who: Series 5 Soundtrack to 1 lucky follower. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is click on the 'Like' button at the top of the Doctor Who Online Facebook page - that's it!

The winner will be announced via the Facebook page on December 1st.

We've also launched a new Facebook page for our CompareTheDalek.com price comparison website, which you can follow here.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

16 November 2010

Radio Times has produced a limited edition Doctor Who Companions Special magazine.

The 164-page glossy special includes never-before-seen photographs and material from the RT archive, featuring over 40 companions from 1963 to present day, as well as profiles of every companion from Ace to Zoe.

This is a Radio Times exclusive and will not be available in the shops.

Get your copy for just £9.99 including FREE delivery to your door. To order, call 0844 543 9836.

Radio Times recently conducted a poll for readers to vote for their favourite Doctor Who companion. The results are printed below:

1 Rose Tyler BILLIE PIPER 

2 Sarah Jane Smith ELISABETH SLADEN

3 Donna Noble CATHERINE TATE 

4 K-9 JOHN LEESON/DAVID BRIERLEY

5 Amy Pond KAREN GILLAN

The best of the rest...

6 Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)

7 Ace (Sophie Aldred)

8 Leela (Louise Jameson)

9 Jo Grant (Katy Manning)

10 Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart (Nicholas Courtney)

11 Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman)

12 Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines)

13 Romana II (Lalla Ward)

14 Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding)

15 Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins)

16 Peri Brown (Nicola Bryant)

17 River Song (Alex Kingston)

18 Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter)

19 Polly (Anneke Wills)

20 Turlough (Mark Strickson)

[Source: Radio Times]

16 November 2010

Doctor Who has been declared the greatest sci-fi & fantasy TV show of all time by top genre website Totalscifionline.com.

The BBC’s long-running series about the time-travelling Doctor and his ever-changing companions saw off stiff competition from over 60 years’ worth of genre television. Star Trek: The Original Series, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, was voted into second place, while Rod Serling’s classic anthology series The Twilight Zone rounded out the top three.

Doctor Who first hit our screens in 1963 with William Hartnell in the role of the Doctor. Since then, the character has regenerated 10 times, most recently in the form of Matt Smith in this year’s acclaimed season.

Totalscifionline editor Matt McAllister said: “There have been plenty of mind-bending, thought-provoking SF shows in the history of television, but none have proven as enduring as Doctor Who. The key to the show’s longevity has been its ability to re-invent itself for new generations while maintaining a consistency in tone and character, and the Daleks and TARDIS have now become part of our cultural landscape. 2010 saw Who head in yet another triumphant direction – surely another 50 years are guaranteed?”

Viewers can get a sneak peek of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special on Children in Need, this Friday on BBC One.

The full Top 10 Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV shows are:

1) Doctor Who (1963-present)

2) Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-69)

3) The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)

4) The X-Files (1993-2002)

5) The Prisoner (1967-68)

6) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

7) Battlestar Galactica (2004-09)

8) The Quatermass Experiment (1953)

9) Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)

10) Babylon 5 (1993-98)

 You can read the full Top 100 article at: http://totalscifionline.com/features/5769-the-100-greatest-sci-fi-fantasy-tv-shows

[Source: TotalScifiOnline]

16 November 2010

Doctor Who star, Matt Smith will be appearing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson this evening in the USA.

Matt will be interviewed on the show regarding his role on Doctor Who, as well as the recent filming in the United States for Series 6. Last night's show featured a Dalek, which is expected to reappear on tonights show.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is a Peabody Award-winning American late-night talk show hosted by Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson.

 Watch the show weeknights 12:35pm/11:35pm Central Time.

[Sources: Neilfan12; BBC America]

16 November 2010

You've seen the video, now you can own the very same Dalek ashes that appear at the end of the popular Doctor Who 'Will It Blend?' Dalek Special!

Viewed by over 75,000+ people so far, our Dalek blending video is fast turning into an internet hit, and with the Children In Need charity appeal just a few days away, we thought we would give our visitors a chance to bid for the remains of the said Dalek, signed by the star of the 'Will it Blend?' viral videos, Tom Dickson.

We're starting the bidding off at just 1p, and 50% of the final auction sale will go to the Children in Need appeal.

To place your bid, visit the following eBay url: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220697587783&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_500wt_1156

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

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