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Roderick Donald

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24 February 2015

The BBC DVD Enquiry Line have confirmed to DWO that The Underwater Menace DVD (originally due for release in 2014, and rescheduled for 2015) has been removed from the 2015 schedules for the time being.

The last Classic Series Doctor Who DVD release was the previously missing adventure, The Web Of Fear, which was released on 24th February 2014 - exactly a year ago today!

It is not known what the future holds for the range, but the team are currently "exploring options" and are hoping to fire up the range again later in the year.

Anyone wishing to express their support for The Underwater Menace release can do so by sending an email using the BBC's online contact form, or by sending a polite letter to:

BBC Worldwide Ltd
33 Foley Street

Fans have also started an online petition, which you can sign, here.

DWO are expecting an official statement from BBC Consumer Products shortly and we will post more information as we get it. 

+  Discuss all the Doctor Who DVD releases in the DWO Forums.

[Source: BBC Consumer Products]

20 February 2015

Anyone who was a fan of The 8th Doctor's TARDIS in the 1996 TV Movie, will simply love the mind-blowing Steampunk clocks by Bad Dog Designs.

We found out about Bad Dog Designs through some of DWO's visitors who asked us if we know where to buy them. After a bit of digging around, we got in touch with Paul Parry who designs the fantastic contraptions, to find out more.

Of particular interest was their 'Gemini' clock, and Paul told us a bit more about it:

"'Gemini In Tempore' Latin for 'Twins in Time' - this is a Steampunk Dual time Nixie clock with a running Steam engine and of course steam. The Nixie tube displays were the fore-runner of the LED and LCD displays we have now, popular in the 1960's and early 1970's. No longer commercially produced but have a mesmerising quality in operation as each digit is stacked on top of the other inside, so the numbers jump backwards and forwards as the digits change.

The clock also has 2 Dekatrons which were used to count and divide electrical signals in early computers, which are controlled by 2 brass knobs on the top of the clock. Situated in the centre of the clock is a gyroscope, taken from a WWII spitfire that is geared to rotate at 1 rpm. On top is a Steam beam engine, driven by a discreet electric motor, and to the LHS of the clock is a steam generator that is fed from a water reservoir inside the brass housing, and finally top RHS is a Nixie display for Temperature and Humidity.

The clock can be programmed to shut itself off at night and power down all the motors, and wake up again in the morning. 

On a technical note - the clock contains 4 microprocessors, 2 variable speed drives, 3 voltage converter / power supply units. The Steam is actually vaporised water using a piezo transducer so there is no heat or smoke involved. The clock started life as a 1942 Volt / Amp meter and the build took me approximately 3 months from initial request to finished piece."

Watch a promotional video for the Gemini clock, below:

+ Check Out the Bad Dog Designs website.
+ Follow Bad Dog Designs on Twitter.

[Source: Bad Dog Designs]


20 February 2015

A new, fan-made Doctor Who Soundtrack by cosplayer and long-time Whovian, Ronak Shah, is available.

Doctor Who: A Type 40 Production is available on iTunes and Loudr, and features creative re-interpretations of Murray Gold’s most iconic tracks from the Doctor Who Soundtrack.

Originally released to commemorate 51 Years of Doctor Who, the album features tracks that memorialise Series 8’s most stand-out feats, be it the Show’s new homecoming direction or Clara developing a personality.


- This Is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home (Pizzicato Arrangement) – An iconic piece that marks the Doctor’s friendship with the Master and their lives as children on Gallifrey, and that has since been immortalised as the Doctor’s homecoming theme, reimagined using piano and strings only, and featuring the pizzicato technique.

- The Majestic Tale Of A Madman In A Box / This Is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home (Medley) – Another piano-and-strings-only remake. A medley of sorts which begins with the quintessential melody of This Is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home and concludes with the final section of The Majestic Tale (Of A Madman In A Box).

- Clara’s Theme (Autumn Arrangement) – A simple yet beautiful and soothing piano piece that serves as the theme of the incumbent – and dare I say, my favourite – Companion Clara Oswald.

+ Download Doctor Who: A Type 40 Production on iTunes.
+ Download Doctor Who: A Type 40 Production on Loudr.
+ Follow Ronak Shah on Twitter.

[Source: Ronak Shah]


16 February 2015

Funko - the company who hold the license to make vinyl and pop culture licensed toys, have just unveiled their new Doctor Who range.

After years of requests from fans, the company finally unveiled their new ranges at last week's New York Toy Fair, and among them were 9 figures from the Doctor Who universe.

The TARDIS, The 12th Doctor, The 11th Doctor, The 10th Doctor, The 4th Doctor, A Dalek, A Cyberman, A Weeping Angel and an Adipose all feature in the first wave of Doctor Who vinyl figures.

View a gallery of the upcoming figures, below: 

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Also unveiled were some keyring versions of the above figures, which you can view below:

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+  The Doctor Who Pop Vinyl figures will be released later in 2015, priced £9.99 each.
+  PREORDER these figures from Forbidden Planet for just £8.99!


11 February 2015

Big Finish have announced a brand new UNIT audio series, featuring New Series actress Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart).


In this four-story box set, Kate Stewart and her UNIT team confront an alien invasion by the Nestene Consciousness and its army of plastic Autons...

Written By: Andrew Smith, Matt Fitton
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), more details to follow...

Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: Ken Bentley

Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs 

+  Released November 2015, priced £20.00 (CD & Digital).

[Source: Big Finish Audio]


4 February 2015

Doctor Who and LEGO® fans around the world received exciting news today as The LEGO Group announced that it would be producing a LEGO Doctor Who set.

The concept for a Doctor Who set came from the LEGO® IDEAS website where fans can submit ideas for a set and vote for their favourite idea to be produced.


The BBC launched Doctor Who in 1963 and it is the worlds longest running sci-fi drama. Starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as his companion, the hit BBC One show has become a global phenomenon with a loyal and passionate fan base.


The Doctor Who concept from fan Andrew Clark received the 10,000 votes requisite for The LEGO Group to consider it for production.


A licensing agreement between BBC Worldwide and The LEGO Group will see the new set available in all of The LEGO Groups key markets before the end of the year.


Andrews winning design featured a range of Doctors, companions and monsters across the shows history, but fans will have to wait until later this year to discover what will be produced.


Marcus Arthur, MD of BBC Worldwide UK said:

“Both Doctor Who and LEGO enjoy a particularly close relationship with their fans and I cant wait to see what LEGO produce.”


Emma Owen, UK spokesperson for LEGO Ideas commented:

re extremely excited to announce that a Doctor Who and a WALL-E set will be released as our next LEGO Ideas fan based sets, congratulations to the designers Andrew Clark and Angus MacLane! 
After receiving over 10,000 votes from the online community and having gone through rigorous toy testing from our expert panel, these awesome sets are on track to be on shelves later this year. The final set designs, pricing and availability are being worked out as we speak, so watch this space for the final details!”

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

4 February 2015

Doctor Who Magazine have sent DWO the cover and details for Issue 483 of DWM.

Paul Wilmshurst, director of the recent Doctor Who episodes Kill the MoonMummy on the Orient Express and Last Christmas, explains the challenges of working on the series, in his first major interview....

"We were all very proud of the fact that the Mummy was so scary they wouldn't put it in the series trailer," Paul tells DWM. "It's always about how far can you go? I think the old joke is true: how complicated can you make it to hold a child's attention, and how simple can you make it for adults? Can you make it scary enough for the children to be satisfied, but not too scary for the adults to be worried?"


•  Doctor Who's very first director, Waris Hussein, reveals how the classic 1964 adventure Marco Polo was made – with the help of unique documents unseen for 50 years!
•  Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat answer readers’ questions – including one from former showrunner Russell T Davies! – in his exclusive column.
•  Peter Purves, who played companion Steven Taylor in the 1960s, looks back at some of his most memorable adventures in the second part of an exclusive interview.
•  En garde! Discover fascinating new facts about the swashbuckling Fourth Doctor adventure The Androids of Tara in The Fact of Fiction.
•  DWM presents an exclusive prelude to the new series of books featuring Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, in the form of a complete short story by Andy Frankham-Allan: The Ambush.
•  Bernard Kay, the much-loved actor who appeared in four Doctor Who stories, is remembered by his friend Toby Hadoke.
•  The Doctor and Clara tackle both Sontarans and Rutans in the concluding part of The Instruments of War, a brand-new comic strip written and illustrated by Mike Collins.
•  The Time Team watch the Tenth Doctor take a bus to alien world, as they visit the Planet of the Dead.
•  Jacqueline Rayner demonstrates the fun to be had in spotting Doctor Who actors in other roles in Relative Dimensions.
•  The DWM Review assesses the very latest Doctor Who audio and book releases.
•  The Watcher examines the changing nature of history in Doctor Who, in the latest Wotcha!
•  The DWM Crossword, prize-winning competitions, official news and much more!

+  Doctor Who Magazine Issue #483 is out on Thursday 5th February, priced £4.99.

+  Subscribe Worldwide to DWM from just £19.49 via Unique Magazines!

+  Check Out The DWO Guide to Doctor Who Magazine!

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

26 January 2015

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Missing Christmas?  Did the Jolly ole Elf bring by lump of coal?  How about spreading joy throughout the year with a box packed full of Pop Culture goodies. A box full of items based round video games, TV, Movies and Comic Books.  

In Pop Culture Box (www.popculturebox.com) subscribers receive a one off, three month or a year subscription.  The company has been hard at work and the January 2015 boxes have been packed and shipped. The February boxes limited window to buy starts NOW. (http://popculturebox.com/shop/one-off-box/)  

Whenever possible, all the toys, comic books, games and premium items found inside the box will revolve around a central theme.  For instance, for the February Box has been dubbed “Hostile Futures”.  This highly anticipated Pop Culture Box is expected to make the receiver the envy of their Geekdom.

These boxes will be most enjoyed by fans of Comic Books, those who are Gamers and those who love Superhero Movies. These mystery Pop culture boxes will make a great gift for those on anyone's list who is always watching TV programs involving Time Travel, Space travel, Monsters and Superheroes.

Content in these boxes will be suitable for the 18 and over crowd.  The excitement begins for subscribers when these packages arrive. The Box content will vary, however, not everyone will get the same contents in their box. The boxes will all have a similar value with from time to time an added small number of random premium items in the boxes rewarding a lucky few hardcore fans.

Pop Culture Box would also like to announce that among subscribers, those who make and share YouTube video reviews Opening or Reviewing their box need only send Pop Culture Box a link to the video and Pop Culture Box will post it on their website.   

Subscription and box purchase is through a cart on the website.

+  For more information, visit www.popculturebox.com.

[Source: Pop Culture Box]

7 January 2015

Doctor Who Magazine have sent DWO the cover and details for Issue 482 of DWM.

Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor's companion Clara Oswald, gives a revealing interview about her time so far on Doctor Who...

DWM asks Jenna if the Doctor and Clara can finally move on in their relationship – and after the sacrifice of Danny Pink, can things ever be the same again? “I think so," Jenna says. "But they are a bit addicted to each other, and to the dynamic that they share. It's getting so that one can't go without the other, and I think that's definitely what Clara's realised. In a way that's quite dangerous now, because she realises that there is no going back for her..."

Also inside Issue 482 of DWM:

·  Rachel Talalay, director of the 2014 series finale two-part finale, reveals the secrets of how Death in Heaven was brought to the screen.
·  Peter Purves, who starred as companion Steven Taylor in the 1960s, talks in-depth about his time on Doctor Who.
·  Discover fascinating new facts about the acclaimed Seventh Doctor story The Greatest Show in Galaxy in The Fact of Fiction.
·  Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat answer readers’ questions – including the knotty problem of the Doctor's many wives! – in his exclusive column.
·  Writer David Fisher, who wrote three memorable stories for the Fourth Doctor in the 1970s, revisits his work.
·  The Doctor and Clara face Sontarans and Nazis as The Instruments of War continues, a brand-new comic strip written and illustrated by Mike Collins.
·  Sarah Jane and the Brigadier are reunited, as the Time Team watch The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane.
·  Jaqueline Rayner wonders how the Doctor's companions would get on in the Cubs in Relative Dimensions.
·  Last Christmas is put under the spotlight in The DWM Review.
·  The Watcher considers the many surprising ways that Doctor Who stories can change from script to screen in Wotcha!.
·  The Watcher gives the answers to his Fiendishly Festive Christmas Quiz! How well did you do?
·  Have your say on Peter Capaldi’s first series as the Doctor in the DWM Season Survey.
·  The DWM Crossword, prize-winning competitions, and much more!

+  Doctor Who Magazine Issue #482 is out on Thursday 8th January, priced £4.99.

+  Subscribe Worldwide to DWM from just £19.49 via Unique Magazines!

+  Check Out The DWO Guide to Doctor Who Magazine!

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

18 December 2014

Check out the new Doctor Who parody from former journalist and long-time Whovian Darren M Bane.

Dr U Who, available as both a paperback and ebook, is the ‘true’ story – or at least, one timeline’s version of it – of Doctor Who’s triumphant return to prime time television, and subsequent world domination. It reveals the ‘real’ reason behind the BBC’s historic decision to bring Doctor Who back from Hiatus, and put an end to those long wilderness years.

Inspired by the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, this affectionate parody provides ‘definitive’ answers to a number of questions raised by the long-running series over the years, including the “real” reason why so many alien races speak English; the truth behind the ‘missing episodes’; the real cause of the dinosaurs becoming extinct (the cyber ship with Adric on board merely scratched the surface), the unfortunate typo which prevented the tenth Doctor from properly heeding a warning which could have prolonged his life, the reason why anti-matter is called anti-matter, why sci-fi fans are sometimes called anoraks - and plenty more. Just remember, when Cap’n Jack The Lad Harmless is about, then, whatever you do, don’t wink.

Dr U Who was originally published, briefly, exclusively on Kindle until the author discovered www.lulu.com, and the means to make it available as a paperback and on a wide range of ebook sellers, without breaking the bank.

But during that initial brief time on Kindle, it was downloaded 203 times, and attracted six reviews, two of which were five-star,  three were four-star and one was three-star.

Comments from reviewers included: “Well written, affectionate, Dr Who parody. The author has a nice way with words, making this an easy read, with plenty of giggles”, “a right reveting read, clearly written by a true fan of Dr Who”, “his love for, and knowledge of, the franchise shines through in an affectionate parody,” and “the best Doctor Who parody, great satire humour.”

Darren M Bane is a middle-aged kid whose earliest memory of Doctor Who was watching Jon Pertwee in hand-to-hand combat with a Sontaran in The Time Warrior; and he’s been in love with the show ever since. While working as a journalist, he reported on, and then became a member of the crew of, a low-budget fan-made film, Soul’s Ark, which starred Colin Baker, Wendy Padbury and Carole Ann Ford.

Dr U Who is available as a paperback from www.lulu.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones and others, for £7.99.

It’s available as an ebook from www.lulu.com from 99p, and should soon be available through all the major ebook retailers including Nook, Kobo, Kindle and the iBookstore.

For more information about the author, and other books he has written and is planning to, visit his website at www.dazzab.co.uk.

[Source: Dazza B]

10 December 2014

As we reach that time of the year where the Christmas tree is up and we hang up all our favourite ornaments, make sure you save a place for some of the awesome creations by PJ McQuade.

PJ has crafted some fantastic Doctor Who themed Christmas cards, featuring all 12 Doctors, from Hartnell to Capaldi. Also available are some rather nifty tree ornaments made from the same artwork.

You can also get hold of some limited edition, hand signed prints of the art - all of which can be viewed on his Etsy page - but hurry as they are in limited supply.

Product details:


-  Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
-  Clay coated 12 pt. premium card stock
-  Comes with one white envelope.
-  $5.00
-  Available in packs of 5, 10 or 20 at discounted rates.


-  5ml laminated prints, custom cut, hole punched with hanging hook.
-  Hand signed and dated on the back. All ornaments measure roughly 4x3"
-  Available individually or as a 12 pack combo. Free Doctor Who Christmas card with purchase of combo 12 pack.


-  Dimensions: 11x14". Printed on 300gsm MOAB Entrada Fine Art Rag with archival 8 dye inks. Hand signed, numbered and dated.
-  Limited edition of 175 for the regular.
-  Limited edition of 200 for the Santa Hat variant.
-  Every print purchased comes with a free Doctor Who Christmas card.

+  Visit PJ McQuade’s Etsy page.
+  Visit PJ McQuade's Official Website.
+  Follow PJ McQuade on Twitter.

[Source: PJ McQuade]

9 December 2014

Check out the fantastic range of products that our friends over at Toys R 4U have. Their prices an specialist products are hard to bear and the online shop at www.toys-r4u.co.uk is packed with loads of fun stuff.

Toys R 4U have a range of toys for children of all ages from babies to toddlers, tweens to teenagers, learning and science for kids with bright minds, role play and imagination for kids who want to fly, bikes and ride-ons, gadgets, fun clothing and accessories that will meet any child’s need; and as Buzz Lightyear would say..... tooooo infinity and beyond!  

Their unique toy shop is fast becoming the online sensation. It’s exceptionally good! They have a superb selection of toys with over 3,000 attractive products to choose from. You’re sure to find something for the little ones in your life! 

Go check out the fantastic range at Toys-R 4U and receive a FREE £5.00 discount when you place your first order. 

[Source: Toys R 4U]

5 December 2014

Doctor Who is truly a fantastic TV show, so why not wear the show proudly with one of Tostadora's fantastic personalised T-Shirts. Can you imagine wearing a personalised T-Shirt design featuring the ‘Bigger on the inside’ slogan? Tostadora have you covered!

Doctor Who is one the best sellers on Tostadora.co.uk, a marketplace where you can find humorous, geek, TV Series and kinds of personalized T-Shirts and items like iPhone covers. Actually, a lot of designers that have opened a free store with Tostadora have submitted creations regarding this awesome TV series. So, if you’re looking for cool personalized T-shirts regarding Doctor Who or his trusty TARDIS, you’re in good hands!

Also, if you’re a designer, artist or illustrator you can open a free store and submit your designs and creations to be printed on T-Shirts which will be sold among our community.

[Source: Tostadora]

29 October 2014

Peaker Pattinson Auctioneers have been in touch with details of a unique Doctor Who item that they are auctioning as a result of the sale of BBC Television Centre.

Interested fans can bid on a canvas used as promotion for Series 5 of Doctor Who, featuring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

The full item description is as follows:

"Doctor Who canvas back drop, 3.5m long x 2.5m high approx. 1500x1500x1500mm ‘BBC’ white & black cubes Qty various BBC TVC building signs & name plaques. 2x BBC ‘Politics Show’ freestanding screens."

+  You can bid on Lot 4012, using the online auction site, here.

[Source: Peaker Pattinson Auctioneers]

11 October 2014

As a Doctor Who fan, Mark Speed always wondered about the Doctor’s family. Did he have siblings or cousins? Having grown up with the series since he was a toddler (hiding behind the sofa from Patrick Troughton's enemies), he has struggled with the inconsistencies caused by fifty years of different scriptwriters. 

Once he started asking questions Mark realised there might be an interesting explanation: an alternative or parallel Whoniverse. How is Who’s younger twin, and he’s been struggling since his brother’s TV debut in 1963.

Doctor How And The Illegal Aliens is one fan’s loving and light-hearted tribute to the greatest series in TV history, and is free on Kindle from October 10-12.

This video explains more:

+  UK Ordering: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IWC40JK
+  USA Ordering: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWC40JK

[Source: Mark Speed]

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