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9 December 2019

On Saturday 7th December 2019 'The Sisterhood of Karn’ held a special celebratory gathering to mark 25 years as the UK’s premiere LGBT Doctor Who fan group.

They were joined by actress Katy Manning, who played companion Jo Grant opposite Jon Pertwee’s Doctor in the 1970s, and were thrilled to present her with an award recognising her status as ‘A TRUE GAY ICON OF DOCTOR WHO’.

Organiser Richard Unwin said:

“Katy has been a staunch supporter of LGBT people for decades, and we are honoured to be joined by her for an evening - and to recognise her as a fabulous ally of the community. This is the first award of its kind that we have given out, but hopefully it won’t be the last.”

The Sisterhood of Karn hold regular meet-ups on the third Thursday of every month, in the upstairs bar of The Kings Arms pub in Soho, London. Newcomers are always welcome.

+  Facebook: facebook.com/SisterhoodofKarn
+  Twitter: twitter.com/sisterhood_karn

[Source: Richard Unwin]

9 December 2019

BBC Studios and Immersive Everywhere today announced Doctor Who Time Fracture: An Immersive Adventure. The show will be based on global hit series Doctor Who and will give fans a chance to experience the Doctor’s adventures like never before.

From the team behind The Great Gatsby, the UK’s longest running immersive show, Doctor Who Time Fracture will premiere in late 2020 at a London location to be announced.

This ground-breaking immersive adventure puts you at the heart of the story, plunged into a journey across space and time. Featuring amazingly realised worlds - the universe as we know it is at stake. Audiences will discover a great challenge lies ahead and that it’s time to be a hero, step up, and save the planet!

Audiences can purchase Gallifreyan Coin tokens prior to general on-sale. Each token purchased equates to one ticket and will provide priority access to book for the date and time of your preferred performance when announced in February 2020. You will receive a code for each token purchased which can then be redeemed for your ticket(s), as well as an exclusive pin badge given to you at the venue on the date of your chosen performance.

+  Tokens are available at: https://www.immersivedoctorwho.com
+  Further details will be announced in February 2020.

[Source: BBC Studios]


29 November 2019

Every month DWO like to take a little side-step from the Doctor Who universe to help spotlight an up and coming author who we feel shares something in common with the greater whoniverse. This month is the turn of Joe Basile; author of 'The Last Qumranian'.

"Time travel has been used to stop the birth of Christ, altering the timeline of human history.

Lukas is the last Qumranian, an ancient sect sworn to secrecy and to protect the prophecies that bind the worlds together. When they develop a powerful technology that can control time, their discovery attracts unwanted attention.

When the Unclean -- a militant force powered by dark magic -- attack the hidden Qumranian compound under what once was the Dead Sea, Lukas barely escapes. But at what cost? With his life intact, he finds himself a prisoner in an alternate timeline not his own.

Alone in a foreign landscape ravaged by wars, advanced by technology, oppressed by a corporation partnered with a ruthless religious group slaughtering any who oppose them in the streets, sinister supernatural forces, and an artifact that literally can -- and has -- changed human history, Lukas must not only struggle to stay alive, but locate the only thing that can prevent the Unclean and the powers that control them from destroying the world.

Will Lukas manage to retrieve the artifact before more damage is done to the timeline of history, or will he be too late, forever lost in a nightmarish alternate reality?"


5 Question with... Joe Basile (Author)

1) When did you first get into writing, and did you have any influences / favourite authors?

I love writing!!! :) I wrote my first screenplay with some help from friends 16 years ago, which subsequently became this book...The Last Qumranian. Yay!

I have written sermons for 20 years and shorter stories, but this story has been my passion, and I had no idea how much I would LOVE writing it! A true joy! 

Edgar Rice Burroughs is my favorite author of all time! No rules. Dreamed so big, and his heroes were soooo noble and good that I wished I were them.

2) What was it like to get your first book published and to have a tangible copy?

A trip! Most people asked what it feels like, but I said it is a little weird, but that is the vehicle. The destination is people reading it and being swept away in an adventure. That’s my goal. Punished is the vehicle.

3) Can you tell us a bit about The Last Qumranian? What inspired you and who was responsible for that awesome cover?

Matthew Thrush commissioned an AMAZING artist and I LOVE IT! 

I just couldn’t fathom the idea of time travel and no one wanting to use to stop the birth of Christ! Seemed obvious to me. And then I dreamed about what that world would look like. I Set it in Israel, a secret society not affected by the birth of a Christ, and a hero with the strength and training to take on an army of evil with supernatural demonic powers, and a mission to get his time travel machine back to set things right. 

4) Are you a fan of Doctor Who, and if so, what was your earliest memory of the show? Do you have a particular favourite episode?

I LOVE Dr Who! My earliest memory of the show is watching it in black and white. But I became HUGE FAN during the David Tennant Era! LOVE Matt Smith too!!!

They risk soooo much and are able to weave it all together so creatively and satisfactorily. Time Travel stories are a recipe for disaster in lesser hands, but Dr Who crushes it!!! IMO, from one time travel dreamer to another.

5) Finally, if you could take a round trip in the TARDIS, anywhere in time and space, where would you go and why?

First of all, I really want to try and figure out how big it actually is on the inside! The resurrection of Christ! I want to be in that room. Put my fingers the holes in his hands and feet. I have faith, but I would LOVE to see it with my own eyes too!! Amazing!!!

+  BUY The Last Qumranian via Odyssey Books!
+  Facebook: facebook.com/JoeBasileAuthor
+  Twitter: twitter.com/jesustattoos

[Source: DWO]

4 April 2019

Showmasters have confirmed that Christopher Eccleston (The 9th Doctor) will be joining them for London Film & Comic Con this July!

Christopher will be attending on the Saturday only, and details on ticket prices are below:

Autograph Price: £95

Photo Shoot Price: £85

Diamond Pass Price: £235 (1x Guaranteed in person autograph, 1x Guaranteed standard photo shoot & 1x Exclusive gift).

In addition to Christopher, there are a number of other Doctor Who guests in attendance, including:

Sylvester McCoy (The 7th Doctor)
Colin Baker (The 6th Doctor)
Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald)
John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness)
Bernard Cribbins (Wilf)
Sophie Aldred (Ace)
Nicola Bryant (Peri)
John Leeson (Voice of K9)
Peter Purves (Steven Taylor)
John Levene (Sgt. Benton)
Mike Collins (Doctor Who Artist) 
Jeff Cummins (Doctor Who Artist)  

+  Click Here to get tickets for this event!

[Source: Showmasters]


24 January 2019

Stage and screen star Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, BBC1; Doctor Who, BBC1; The Madness of George III, Nottingham Playhouse; The League of Gentlemen, BBC Two and UK tour) will be lending his voice to the part of Kosley, a hysterical talking computer, in the world premiere of Dark Sublime.

Gatiss joins the previously announced Martina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) who will be making her West End debut.

Gatiss comments:

"I'm delighted to be a small part of Michael Dennis' delightful, funny and touching play. All lovers of telefantasy and beyond will have their ribs tickled, their minds probed and their spurious morality catheterised (or something). Puny humans, prepare yourselves for the Dark Sublime!"

Directed by Andrew Keates (As Is and Dessa RoseTrafalgar Studios), Dark Sublime explores the complexities of relationships, especially in the LGBTQ community, and the contrast in lived experiences across generations.

This thrilling debut play by Michael Dennis is a theatrical love-letter to British sci-fi television which examines the feeling of belonging that comes with finding your place among the outcasts.

Further casting will be announced in April 2019.

[Source: Chloe Nelkin Consulting]


24 January 2019

The award-winning actor David Tennant will launch his brand new interview podcast ‘David Tennant Does A Podcast With...’ on January 28th.

Promising intimate and in-depth conversations with some of the biggest names in film, television and politics, the podcast’s first special guest will be Olivia Colman. The interview comes ahead of an award season in which Colman is nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars and the BAFTAs for her role as Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ critically acclaimed ‘The Favourite’.

Future episodes will see Tennant welcome a diverse selection of influential names including Whoopi Goldberg, Sir Ian McKellen, Jon Hamm, the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Michael Sheen, Krysten Ritter and Samantha Bee. Doctor Who fans will also be excited to hear that Tennant will host the current Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, in the coming weeks. More names will also be announced imminently.   

Recorded in London, Los Angeles and New York, new episodes of ‘David Tennant Does A Podcast With...’ will be released every Tuesday on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all good podcast providers. It was produced by Somethin’ Else’s podcast division, Sound Directions, in collaboration with David Tennant’s No Mystery and is hosted by Acast. 

Steve Ackerman, managing director of Somethin’ Else said: 

“This is an interview podcast series like no other. David is chatting with stars who he knows and who know him and the resulting intimate conversation is compelling.”

+ SUBSCRIBE to 'David Tennant Does A Podcast With...', here!
+ FOLLOW @DavidTennantPod on Twitterhere

[Source: Acast]


25 October 2018

Following Jodie Whittaker’s successful debut as the new Doctor and ahead of Comic Con 2018, BBC Studios and Escape Hunt today exclusively reveal the official name of the forthcoming Doctor Who – The Live Escape Game, which will be called Worlds Collide.

To celebrate the news, visitors to London’s Comic Con will be able to test themselves against the clock with a world first taster experience of the new game on the official BBC Studios stand from 26th to 28th October at ExCeL London. The ‘Worlds Collide Escape Cube’ is designed as a fun prequel to the escape room game launching later this year.

Furthermore, fans can also enter an Escape Hunt competition to become one of the first in the UK to experience the full game at their nearest venue with up to five friends. To enter, fans must simply like a picture of the ‘Worlds Collide Escape Cube’ taster experience at Comic Con on Escape Hunt UK’s Facebook page (T&Cs apply).

Richard Harpham, CEO Escape Hunt PLC, says:

"At Escape Hunt, we’re incredibly excited to be working with BBC Studios to create Doctor Who – The Live Escape Game. Comic Con is one of the biggest events in the Doctor Who calendar and with the series having such a dedicated fan base from all over the UK, being able to give these fans the first taster experience of Worlds Collide is a huge opportunity. We just hope they have as much fun trying to crack it as we’ve had creating it.”

Doctor Who – The Live Escape Game will open in Escape Hunt venues around the country from early 2019. Please go to www.escapehunt.com for further information and to register for news about tickets.

To enter the prize draw for the chance to win a free game in the Worlds Collide room, participants must simply like a picture of the ‘Worlds Collide Escape Cube’ at Comic Con on the Escape Hunt UK Facebook page between the 26th October and 5th November. The winner will be notified on the 6th November. For full T&Cs visit https://escapehunt.com/uk/comps/

+  Comic Con is hosted at ExCeL London at the Royal Victoria Dock between 26th-28th October.

[Source: Stripe Communications]


2 July 2018

The guys at Anoraks have been in touch to announce that stage and television actress, and one of the most loved Doctor Who companions of the classic series, Louise Jameson, will be joining them as a guest star in a special two-part episode of Anoraks – the sitcom about Science Fiction fandom. 

Louise will also be appearing at their December 1st minicon event in Cardiff. (Details for the minicon will be announced very soon!).

Contributors to their Indiegogo campaign will get the opportunity to meet Louise and receive autographs, but hurry as there is only 2 days left!

+ Contribute to our Indiegogo campaign and get some fantastic perks!  

+ Read more about Anoraks on their website.

Watch the first season on our Youtube Channel and subscribe for exclusive content. 

 

Follow Anoraks on social media:
 

https://www.facebook.com/anorakstv/

https://twitter.com/anorakstv

Check out the Anoraks fundraiser video:
 

[Source: Anoraks]


6 June 2018

If you're up for a fun night out filled with Doctor Who and comedy, we highly recommend the upcoming UK tour of Rob Lloyd and his hilarious Who, Me, show.

Rob, who some of you may remember as the host of 'The Science Of Doctor Who' tour by the BBC, will be performing 7 UK venues for Who, Me:

-  June 27th Exeter.

-  June 29th Bordon.

-  June 30th Southport.

-  July 4th Chipping Norton.

-  July 5th Norwich.

-  July 7th Salford (near Manchester)

-  July 8th Inverness. 

DWO caught up with Rob for a quick interview:

What is your earliest memory of Doctor Who, and do you have a particular favourite episode of the classic / new series (or both)? 

 

My earliest memory of Who was after school episodes of the Sylvester McCoy era on our Australian National Broadcasting network (the ABC) when I was in Grade 5/6, so I was roughly 10/11. I distinctly remember Paradise Towers and Survival. 

 

It wasn’t until University that I had someone sit me down and explain ALL of Doctor Who to me…and I’ve been a fan ever since.

 

My favourite classic story is Inferno or The Robots of Death.

 

My favourite modern story is either Dinosaurs on a Spaceship or Oxygen.

 

You had great success at last year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival; how did you find the audience and would you return again? 

 

Last year was the second time I’ve performed Who, Me. at the Edinburgh Fringe. I was also there in 2013 for the 50th Anniversary of Who. I adore Edfringe, it is an intense experience and it is an incredible amount of hard work but it all worth it to be playing in the biggest playground (for performers) in the world. You have the opportunity to meet so many different people from around the world and see so many amazing shows. I cannot wait to return to do another one of my shows there.

 

This year sees you touring the UK - is there a particular leg of your tour that you are looking forward to? What can we expect from Who, Me this year? 

 

To be honest…and I don’t mean this to be a cop-out but…all of it really! 

 

I’ve never had the chance to explore England. On this tour we’ve got to cover seven cities in three weeks. So we’re hiring and car and then we will most definitely see a lot of the English landscape. I’m so excited.

 

Who, Me. is a solo comedy show where I put Doctor Who on trial, to see whether he has been a negative or a positive influence over my life. The audience are the jury and ultimately the fate of The Doctor is in their hands.

 

Finally, if you could take a round trip in the TARDIS, anywhere in time and space, where would you go and why?

 

Oh that’s easy... the UK in the 1960s, so I could record all the incomplete stories and missing episode of Doctor Who. Then I would bring them back to modern times and be worshipped as a god!

+ Purchase tickets for Who, Me, here!

 

[Source: DWO]


30 May 2018

Anoraks is a Nerd web sitcom. The first season saw the adventures of the three Men Behaving Sadly featuring Big Finish actor Seán Carlsen and cameos from Doctor Who actors Anneke Wills and Terry Molloy. Season Two is in pre-production and the Anoraks team need your help with our Indiegogo campaign! 

They are all fans themselves, so have first-hand knowledge of how warm, passionate, and often-times how ridiculous, self-obsessed yet warm, welcoming and creative fandom can be.

 

Series two sees the addition of a new cast member in the form of acclaimed stand-up comedian, Lorna Prichard, who will bring a new and younger voice to the Anorak's worlds of fandom. Season One was mostly about Doctor Who fans and fandom. Series Two sees them open their vista to have fun with Marvel, Star Trek, Star Wars and SF/Fantasy. They've included a host of new secondary characters, more guest stars and a planned bigger budget, and special guest stars to be announced! 

 

Help the Anoraks team make the best possible second series!

 

+ Contribute to our Indiegogo campaign and get some fantastic perks!  

+ Read more about Anoraks on their website.

Watch the first season on our Youtube Channel and subscribe for exclusive content. 

 

Follow Anoraks on social media:

 

https://www.facebook.com/anorakstv/

https://twitter.com/anorakstv

Check out the Anoraks fundraiser video:
 

[Source: Anoraks]


7 March 2018

A new dawn for Doctor Who events in the UK has arrived, as Manchester based ‘Vworp’ launches their first event with a bang at the Printworks on 9th September 2018, with a line up of signings, panels and activities that will please fans of all ages.

Photo opportunities with full size police boxes, Daleks, Cybermen and a host of other monsters, lurking throughout the venue, and with a number of dealers for you to track down that elusive action figure or sonic spatula (it’s a thing - trust us) you’ll have to hope that your bag is bigger on the inside.

In addition to all the Doctor Who fun, a lot of the venues within the Printworks will be offering deals across the weekend on food and drink so you won’t even have to leave the event space.

There will be a full slate of panels and talks across three stages and signings with Doctors, Companions and Monsters.

Tickets are available now from: http://www.vworpcon.com/tickets.html.

Even though Tom Baker cannot make the event, the Vworp team have managed to secure a private signing with Tom on 27th March.

You can either send in your own items (actions figures, posters, books, records etc.) and Tom will personally sign these for you during the time that the Vworp team spend with him. Every attempt will be made to have photo proof of your items being signed subject to approval from Tom and his team.

Each signature ordered during the pre-order period will cost only £20.00. The pre-order period will last from 1st March 2018 – 21st March 2018. Orders placed after this period will not be accepted. Full details can be found at: http://www.vworpcon.com/tom-baker.html.

[Source: Vworp]

20 February 2018

According to research conducted prior to this week's BBC Showcase in Liverpool, The Doctor has been named the second favourite British BBC character.

Sherlock snagged the top spot with 29.7%, with Doctor Who in second place with 17.6%. The full list of top 10 characters are as follows:

1. Sherlock (29.7%)
2. Doctor Who (17.6%)
3. Luther (12.4%)
4. Basil Fawlty (11.8%)
5. The Stig (8.2%)
6. Patsy Stone (8.1%)
7. Edmund Blackadder (7.4%)
8. Hyacinth Bucket (6.1%)
9. Vicar of Dibley (5.8%)
10. The Daleks (5.6%)

In addition to the favourite character, Doctor Who also made its way into the top 3 slo for 'Most Memorable Scene':

1. Sherlock falling to his ‘death’ (26.0% of respondents)
2. ‘The Dead Parrot’ sketch by Monty Python (14.1% of respondents)
3. The Doctor’s regeneration in Doctor Who (13.1% of respondents)

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

   

5 February 2018

A limited number of tickets are available for a special screening of David Tennant's new movie; You Me & Him, for just £36 each.

The premiere, will be held at Cineworld; Broad Street; Birmingham, on 31st March 2018 at 6.30pm.

There's an even greater incentive behind the special opportunity, however, as it helps support Baby Lifeline - a unique mother and baby charity supporting the care of pregnant women and their newborn and unborn babies. David Tennant has become an Ambassador for this charity’s £5 million Monitoring for Mums Appeal, to provide monitoring equipment for maternity and neonatal units across the UK.

This premiere promises to be a dazzling event with David and others in attendance and walking the red carpet!

About the movie:

You Me & Him is a lesbian romantic comedy about a couple at different points in their lives: high-powered lawyer Olivia (Lucy Punch) is nearly 40 and wants to start a family but her free-wheeling younger partner Alex (Faye Marsay) doesn't share her urgency. What happens next involves recently-divorced neighbour John (David Tennant) and creates a tangled web of consequences, and pregnancies.

David TennantGeorgia Tennant (who is also Producer), Daisy Aitkens and more stars of You, Me & Him will attend the premiere and address the audience before the screening.

Celebrities from the world of sport, television and radio will join the cast on the red carpet, and to watch the film.

For tickets please contact Hayley McCaffery: communications@babylifeline.org.uk or call 01676 534 671.

[Source: Baby Lifeline]

3 May 2017

BBC Worldwide and Skype have today announced the launch of the first ever Doctor Who Bot. The Doctor will open the TARDIS doors and invite players to help him save the Universe in an exciting interactive digital experience titled The Saviour Of Time. The brand new bot uses the latest technology to deliver a unique experience between the Doctor and the player. 

In a world first, users get the thrilling opportunity to be the Doctor's companion as the bot immerses them in a specially-written six-part Doctor Who adventure.  Players will experience the Doctor communicating with them directly and setting them challenges that can only be solved by the best companions. 

 

Launching across multiple territories* today, May 3rd, the bot includes challenges, logic puzzles, and quizzes, revolving around the search for a mysterious artefact known as the Key To Time. Scattered throughout time and space, users must locate all six segments of the Key and restore it, in order to save the Universe.

 

Following the launch today, a new Chapter will be released every Sunday at 6 PM (BST) , shortly after episodes of Doctor Who series 10 air on BBC One, BBC AMERICA (USA), Space (Canada), ABC (Australia) and in other key international markets. [Click here for territory information]

 

Jaclyn Lee-Joe, Chief Marketing Officer at BBC Worldwide said:


It’s hugely exciting to be launching a Doctor Who Bot on Skype - which gives us the opportunity to deliver a new form of digital story-telling with our cutting-edge brand. Through this new innovation we get to experience first-hand how bots can help deliver digital first content, and immerse audiences, old and new, in the Doctor Who universe like never before.”

 

Steven Abrahams, Group Product Manager, Studios and Strategic Partnerships for Skype said:


Our goal is for everyone in the world to experience the best Skype has to offer and the Doctor Who bot with BBC Worldwide brings a range of new features and functionality. We’re excited to see the bot bring users and fans one step closer to meeting the iconic Doctor.”

 

The bot will feature exclusive voice-over from Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, and is creatively developed by writing talent Joe Lidster (The Sarah Jane AdventuresTorchwood).

 

The Doctor Who Bot builds upon existing relationships between BBC Worldwide and Skype, working together to uncover exciting new ways to reach audiences. In 2015 Skype launched the shareable, movie and TV clips initiative, Skype Mojis – featuring exhilarating short-form content from Top Gear, Doctor Who, and Sherlock.

 

To add the Doctor Who Bot manually, users need to search for “Doctor Who Bot” in the Skype Bot Directory, read the bot’s profile and terms, and then click “Add to Contacts”.  To see new updates as they begin to roll out, users need to be on the latest Skype app for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, or Web.

 

*The Doctor Who Bot will be available from the Skype Bot Directory in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Italy, Spain, France, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic, Estonia, Portugal, Russia, Mexico, and Brazil. 

 

Click here to add the Doctor Who bot to Skype and start saving the universe! Visit the Skype blog for more information on the bot and click here for a step-to-step guide on how to use the bot.
 

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

22 March 2017

Awesome Writers, James Moran (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Cockney's Vs Zombies) & Cat Davies (Connie, KEEN-wah), have joined forces for a cool new Horror short about a man-eating shed, and they need YOUR help with their Kickstarter project!

About the project:

A dark and twisted laugh out loud comedy about a man’s love for his shed… that eats people. Brought to you by an established, award-winning team, prepare for the night of the living shed… Starring comedy icon Sally Phillips (Smack the Pony, Veep, Miranda, Green Wing, Bridget Jones) and award-winning actor Shaun Dooley (Gunpowder, Broadchurch, The Woman in Black, Misfits, The Awakening).

The project also features contributions from BAFTA-nominated Composer, Ben Foster (Doctor Who, Torchwood), and Illustrator Andy W. Clift - who worked on some of DWO's VortExtra episodes (you really should check out the AMAZING artwork he did for us for 'An Unearthly Child'!)

The project is less than £2,000 short of their £10,000 target, with just a few days to go, so please give whatever you can to help fund this AWESOME film!

Kickstarter Project Link:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jamesmoran/blood-shed-comedy-horror-short-about-a-man-eating

Project Promo Video:

[Source: Kickstarter]

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