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24 January 2013

The Ultimate-TV, BBC Home Entertainment, and Columbia College are bringing Doctor Who screening to Chicago beginning Saturday 26th January 2013.

The screenings will be held at Columbia College Chicago, 600 South Michigan Avenue from 1pm – 4pm in the Ferguson Lecture Hall, on the first floor. 

To kick off the 50th anniversary celebration of Doctor Who, there’ll be a special screening of the very first episode; 'An Unearthly Child' starring William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, Jacqueline Hill and William Russell

Immediately following the screening, there will be a Q&A, trivia quiz; costume contest and special prizes will be given away, courtesy of BBC Home Entertainment

This event is FREE to the public and will be held on the last Saturday of the month.

+ To register, go to http://theultimatedrwho2.eventbrite.com/ - seating is limited, first come, first seated. 

[Source: The Ultimate-TV]

23 January 2013

This morning, the Royal Shakespeare Company's new artistic director, Gregory Doran, confirmed that David Tennant is to return to the company in the title role of Richard II

The production, will also be directed by Doran, who previously directed Tennant in Hamlet and Love's Labours Lost. The show will transfer to the RSC's original London home of the Barbican after its run in Stratford between 10th October-16th November 2013.

A video interview with David Tennant has be posted on YouTube by the RSC, which DWO viewers can watch below:

+  Ticket information will be available in the coming weeks.

[Source: RSC]

20 December 2012

Our friends over at the Sydney Opera House have sent DWO details of a new video, just launched on their website, featuring the media call with Alex Kingston, Mark Williams and Murray Gold.

Click on the link below to view the Media Call video:

Get ready for an invasion as Sydney Opera House opens its doors to hordes of monsters in a musical celebration of Doctor Who. Go behind the scenes with Alex Kingston (River Song), Mark Williams (Brian Williams), and composer Murray Gold, as they explain how this iconic series has been brought to the stage alongside the Metropolitan Orchestra.

+  For more information and to book tickets, Click Here.

[Source: Sydney Opera House]

4 December 2012

DWO have been sent a clip featuring a glimpse of Sylvester McCoy (The 7th Doctor) as 'Radagast the Brown' in the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie.

The clip (which can be seen below) sees Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Radagast and the Dwarves set upon by a pack of Wargs.

Warner Bros have also sent us a promotional image featuring Radagast and Gandalf which you can view to the right.

+  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is in cinemas from 14th December 2012.

[Source: Paul Lockwood; ThinkJam]

8 November 2012

David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor) will make his Star Wars: The Clone Wars debut this week in “A Test of Strength” airing Saturday 10th November at 9:30am ET/PT on Cartoon Network

Tennant will voice the character Huyang, a droid who greatly impacts the journey of a group of young Jedi, who were just setting out to build their first lightsabers in last week’s episode. The famed actor will continue to appear in the series for the following two episodes, “Bound for Rescue” and “A Necessary Strength.”

“When I heard the Doctor himself, David Tennant, was a fan of Star Wars I knew I had to find a way to get in contact with him to see if he would perform on Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” said Dave Filoni, Supervising Director, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

“The result was ‘Huyang,’ an ancient droid in the service of the Jedi Order, whose sole task in life has been overseeing the construction of lightsabers. I thought David was perfect for the part and he did not disappoint. He delivered a performance which impressed even the Master himself, George Lucas.”

Lucasfilm have kindly given DWO permission to add the clip to the DWO YouTube Channel, which you can watch below: 

+  A Test Of Strength airs on Saturday 10th November at 9:30am ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

[Source: Lucasfilm]

8 November 2012

Ex-Doctor Who actor and friend to DWO, Colin Baker, has been confirmed as a contestant on this years 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' reality TV show.

Colin is already in Australia and ready to enter the jungle when the popular reality show hits our screens this Sunday (11th November).

Famed for playing The 6th Doctor, Colin has expressed his excitement at entering the jungle and facing whatever challenges come his way. The 6th Doctor was renowned for hating carrot juice, but it seems 'old sixie' will be facing far worse than that downunder...

DWO have started the #ColinToWin hashtag on Twitter and encourage all our visitors to use it and help Colin win the coveted title of 'King of the Jungle'.

Baker recorded an intro video for the I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here website, which can be viewed below: 

+  I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here begins on Sunday 11th November at 9pm on ITV1.

[Source: ITV1]

30 October 2012

Melbourne Impro Theatre Company The Impro Box is putting on an improvised show inspired by Doctor Who called Time Lord.

The show is completely made up on the spot and centres around a fan who presents an adventure about the Time Lord inspired by an audience suggestion. 

Each week, The Doctor and companion encounter villains and heroes in brand new, never before seen stories. Appearing with the regular Impro Box cast is renowned improviser, performer and Whovian Rob Lloyd ("Who, Me", "Pride Hard", "Live on Bowen"), who has appeared at Armageddon 2011 and the International Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Further information:

Dates: Every Wednesday at 7:30pm, from 31st October-12th December 2012.
Where: Club Voltaire, 14 Raglan St, North Melbourne
Tickets: $15 (Full) / $10 (Concession)
Bookings: http://www.theimprobox.com

+  More information can be found at http://www.theimprobox.com

[Source: The Impro Box]

25 October 2012

The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay is preparing to welcome visitors through the TARDIS doors in Porth Teigr with a special half-term schedule. The Doctor Who Experience has proved popular with fans around the world since opening in Cardiff in July 2012, welcoming over 40,000 visitors to the Welsh capital.

Exclusive activities taking place at the DWE over the half-term period are as follows:

27th October
Learn to walk like a monster by taking part in master-classes with monster choreographer for Doctor Who Ailsa Burke.

28th October
The Doctor Who Experience’s curator Andrew Beech hosts informal chats on the mezzanine where he will share his unique insight into the monsters of Doctor Who

29th October
Visitors to the Experience can enjoy a monster makeover by former Doctor Who make-up artist and resident face-painter Bethan Kate Harris. Choose between a Weeping Angel, Cyberman, Silurian, Peg Doll and Silence or a mini-paint (TARDIS or Dalek).

31st October
Bethan returns to the Doctor Who Experience as the exhibition comes to life. Visitors on Halloween should prepare for a number of spooky surprises; the exhibits might not be as permanent as they appear...

2nd November
Bethan Kate Harris returns to the Experience to hand out more monster makeovers.

3rd November
Stephen Nicholas from Doctor Who production in Roath Lock hosts informal chats on the mezzanine where he shares his unique insights into producing the world’s longest running sci-fi series.

4th November
Ailsa Burke rounds off the half-term activity at Doctor Who with another walk like a monster master class.

The Doctor Who Experience is the world’s only interactive Doctor Who exhibition. Visitors to the Experience take part in their own Doctor Who adventure, confronting Daleks and Weeping Angels in a quest to reunite the Doctor and his TARDIS. The exhibition area of the Experience houses the largest collection of Doctor Who props and exhibits ever assembled.

More information can be found at www.doctorwhoexperience.com

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

23 October 2012

Speaking at Cheltenham Literature Festival, John Simm (The Master in Doctor Who) stated he would be keen to reprise the role and play a 'quieter' Master.

“I’d love the opportunity to play him differently, I’d love to have another take on him, to be a bit quieter.”

Simm was the seventh actor to take on the role of The Doctor’s arch-adversary – most recently in the 2009 Christmas special – and was notable for his manic cackling. 

“I started annoying myself after a while,” he confessed. “Russell T Davies had a specific idea of what he wanted him to be like. So I just had to do exactly what he wanted me to, and he wanted a giggling lunatic.”

However, he did admit that the Master’s blond hair was his idea: “That was a mistake. I shouldn’t have listened to my instinct there.”

"There's a new writer now" he continued, referring to Davies’ successor Steven Moffat“and I’m sure his take on him would be different so I’d be interested to have a look at it. I’d like to take the Master to a very, very dark place.”

Simm is currently filming another BBC1 drama called The Village in which he also plays a "nutter".

“It's about the residents of a village in Derbyshire over a hundred years," he explained, "as seen through the eyes of a guy who’s now the oldest man in the world – a character called Bert.”

“I’m Bert’s dad. It’s like no other part I’ve ever done: he’s a farmer and a real piece of work. He's not farmer Barley Mow; he’s more like There Will Be Blood.”

UPDATE - 1:00pm
John Simm recently tweeted in response to the Radio Times news item, stating:

"Thats not strictly true. I was answering a specific question at a Q+A session. #dontreadtoomuchintoit"

+  The Village is expected to air on BBC One in 2013.

[Source: Radio Times]

23 October 2012

'Tales of Mystery and Terror' the charity evening raising money for St Michael’s Hospice in  St Leonards, East Sussex went down fantastically well last Friday (12th October), down at the Stables Theatre in Hastings.

Supporting the event were the amazing dream team of Tom Baker, Paul Darrow and Toby Hadoke. Music was supplied by the Renaissance Theatre Group. The Tom Baker Q&A was conducted by Producers Oliver McNeil (Legend Photography) & Steve Corke (Renaissance Theatre).

Highlights of the evening were a reading of Edgar Alan Poe’s 'The Raven' and an exclusive, unheard story written by Tom Baker himself titled 'The Watcher'.

For information on any further events follow www.facebook.com/Talesofmysteryandterror.

[Source: Legend Photography]

19 October 2012

DWO have teamed up with Milk Two Sugars to give away 2 pairs of tickets to see Arthur Darvill in his new West End play, 'Our Boys'.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is Follow DWO on Twitter and Tweet: "@DrWhoOnline @OurBoysThePlay #OurBoys".

Hurry though, as the competition closes this Monday (22nd October) at 6:00pm, and the winners will be announced on the DWO Twitter channel.

This searingly honest and explosively funny play is based on the author’s own experience. The cast includes Arthur Darvill (Rory in Doctor Who), Laurence Fox (Hathaway in Lewis) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films). 

Six young soldiers are killing nothing but time as they recover from injuries incurred in the line of duty. Suddenly, their daily routine of TV, lonely hearts ads and banter is shattered by the arrival of a young officer. The camaraderie of this unlikely band of brothers is soon jeopardised by a dangerous incident and an act of betrayal.

You can also buy top price tickets to Our Boys, including a drink with some of the cast for £32.50 (normally £45.00). To book tickets please call 0844 412 4659 and quote ‘Fan Night’ offer or visit http://www.londontheatres.co.uk/duchess-theatre/ and enter FANNIGHT promo code when prompted.

Competition Terms and conditions apply. Tickets are valid for 1st November 2012 only. Subject to availability. Prize is as stated and cannot be transferred or exchanged. No cash alternative will be offered. Producers reserve the right to restrict prizewinner tickets to specific performances during busy periods.

Offer terms and conditions: Tickets are valid for 1st November 2012 only. Subject to availability. Cannot be used retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer. Drink includes a beer, glass of wine or a soft drink. Booking fees may apply.

+  'Our Boys' is showing at the Duchess Theatre in London's Catherine Street, from 26th September-15th December 2012.

[Source: Milk Two Sugars]

18 October 2012

BBC Germany has launched its own official website for Doctor Who.

The site includes guides to all 6 seasons of the New Series, as well as links to the BBC Germany Shop, Official Doctor Who Facebook page, Wallpapers and iTunes links.

There are also listings available showing when Doctor Who is airing in Germany.

+ Doctor Who airs on Sunday's on Fox Germany.

+  Link - BBC Germany Doctor Who Site.

[Source: BBC Germany]

12 October 2012

Doctor Who star Matt Smith and Lead Writer Steven Moffat created their own piece of Doctor Who history today during their first visit to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff as the their hand prints were immortalised in cement, which will be displayed permanently at the new attraction. Matt Smith is the first Doctor to be immortalised in this way, while the fingers of the show’s Lead Writer will also be set in stone.

The casts were in addition to the unveiling of several new exhibits of the most iconic monsters and props from the recently broadcast series including the dress worn by new companion actress Jenna-Louise Coleman (Oswin’s dress and boots from Asylum of the Daleks), Grayle’s Chained Weeping Angel and The Cherub Angels (The Angels Take Manhattan) and the Robots and costumes of Solomon and Nefertiti (Dinosaurs on a Spaceship). 

Matt Smith says:

“It’s fantastic that the Doctor Who Experience has been given its very own purpose-built home here next to the studios and it feels like a bit of a spiritual home for Doctor Who. It’s been great fun unveiling some of the Doctor’s most fearsome adversaries from Series 7 and with the Christmas special and more episodes next year, there’ll be plenty more props to come down the line.

I’m honoured to have made my own little piece of Doctor Who history today. It’s a show with so much tradition over nearly 50 years, so to be the first Doctor to take part in something like this is really special”.

Steven Moffat says:

“I’m very excited and honoured to have my hands preserved forever. And quite relieved they came back out of the cement! I now know, for all my future crimes, that my fingerprints are readily and permanently available.”

The Doctor Who Experience is the only interactive Doctor Who attraction in the world. It welcomed over 230,000 visitors during a one-year stay at London’s Olympia before moving to Cardiff in July 2012. Since opening in July, over 40,000 fans have passed through the TARDIS doors and taken part in their very own Doctor Who adventure. 

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

12 October 2012

Twitter was ablaze last night with three words constantly cropping up in the trending list; 'Sarah Jane Adventures', 'Tommy Knight' and 'Waterloo Road' - which can only mean one thing...Tommy Knight's first episode of Waterloo Road has now aired in the UK!

Tommy, who previously played the role of Luke Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures, has been cast as pupil Kevin Skelton in Waterloo Road, and is set to be a series regular going forward.

In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Tommy describes his character:

"Kevin is a foster child, who's been through many families and been to many different schools. He's constantly moving about all over the place, and it seems that he's been let down a bit in his past, so his expectations when it comes to things are incredibly low. He doesn't really expect much out of life. 

At the same time, Kevin is incredibly intelligent, but he's almost shy or ashamed of it, as if he's been bullied in the past. So he hides that away to start off with - it's not something that he's proud of, so he doesn't answer any of the questions in lessons. He also winds up the teachers and stuff like that. But later on, you find out he's a bit of an intelligent chap."

+  Read the full interview, here.

+  Tommy's episode of Waterloo Road is available to view on BBC iPlayer, here.

[Sources: BBCDigital Spy]

5 October 2012

Last weekend, DWO were kindly invited to take part in the BBC Worldwide Fandom panel at the 2012 RomaFictionFest in Rome.

Conducted by Philip Fleming (Head of Communications, Global Brands, BBC Worldwide), the panel looked at the importance of entertaining and engaging the audience beyond the TV screen, with Doctor Who, Sherlock and Misfits as case studies.

A field of questions were asked to the panel which included Matt Jarvis (Executive Producer Online, Misfits), Francesco Barbarini (Head of Digital, Fox International Channels Italy), Harriet Newby-Hill (Commercial Director for New Brands, BBC Worldwide) and Sebastian J. Brook (Site Editor, Doctor Who Online).

Topics included; The difference between a fan and a super fan, Second Screen Apps, The best ways broadcasters have been able to attract fans and what the motivation is for running a fan site. The floor was then opened up to questions from audience members.

DWO would like to extend our thanks to RomaFictionFest for their unmatched hospitality, and the fantastic Press, Publicity & Comms team at BBC Worldwide.

The majority of the panel can be viewed below:

[Source: DWO]

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