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21 January 2014

BBC Worldwide and Titan Comics team up for all-new Doctor Who comic book adventures!

In the universe of Doctor Who, regenerations bring not only a new Doctor but often a fresh look and feel to the series, and BBC Worldwide is bringing that same approach to Doctor Who comics as it signs a new deal with Titan Comics.

The deal will open up the world of Doctor Who and provide fans with new stand alone adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor and after the new series launch, the Twelfth Doctor. Creative and production teams will be announced in the coming weeks and the first comic books will be released in 2014.

The Doctor Who Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor, saw Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor regenerate into the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. The next season is now in production and will premiere in 2014. In 2013, Doctor Who set ratings and social media records for BBC America.

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

17 January 2014

Our friends at TV Store Online have another special Doctor Who giveaway. TVStoreOnline.com is offering one of  their fun Doctor Who TARDIS, Navy Blue Bath Towel's to DWO readers. This Tardis towel is made from 100% cotton and measures in inches at 30"x60". Of course, as with all TV Store Online Doctor Who items, DWO readers will only get officially licensed items for their collections. We all knew that the TARDIS could take you anywhere in time that you wanted to go, but who knew it could dry you off as well after a shower?

In addition, starting today TVStoreOnline.com is also offering DWO readers a sleek and cool looking Doctor Who TARDIS Glowing Stars White Sublimation Tee as well.  This Doctor Who t-shirt is made from 100% polyester and is available in various sizes from Adult Small to Adult 3XL. This glowing stars Doctor Tardis t-shirt is officially licensed and offers a cool design showing the Tardis from a very unique perspective.  This Doctor Who shirt will turn heads at your next comic or Doctor Who convention!

Keep calm and check out TVStoreOnline.com for their massive selection of Doctor Who t-shirts for men and women as well as other hot Doctor Who clothing items like bath towels, costumes, bathrobes, boxer shorts, baby clothes, dresses, hoodies and even Doctor Who ugly Christmas sweaters as well! TVStoreOnline.com has all of your Doctor Who merchandise needs covered.

+  For all these and more, check out TVStoreOnline.com.

[Sources: TV Store Online]

17 January 2014

In 2013, Doctor Who celebrated an impressive 50 years as one of the BBC’s most famous, well-loved and iconic TV shows. To have been scaring and enthralling children for so long is no mean feat. While current episodes are freely available on BBC iPlayer, older episodes can be located at LOVEFiLM

The Doctor

The Doctor is a time-traveller from the planet Gallifrey and looks human, but has two beating hearts. He and his fellow Gallifreyans are generally known as Time Lords, of whom the Doctor is the only one still alive. 

The Doctor has been played, since 1963, by 12 different actors, from the original Doctor, William Hartnell, to the incumbent incarnation in the form of Matt Smith, who looks much younger than Hartnell’s Doctor, despite being hundreds of years older. The reason the Doctor has taken so many forms, is that he can regenerate. 

The Doctor’s time machine/home is the TARDIS, which takes the form of an old-fashioned police box and has been ever-present since the show’s inception. 

The Time Lords

The Time Lords - of whom the Doctor is a member – are an ancient civilisation of beings that closely resemble humans. Time Lords receive their name, not only because of their ability to travel rapidly through time and space, but because of the way in which they perceive time in a completely non-linear fashion, which in turn allows them to see ‘everything that was, is and could be’ simultaneously.  

Villains in Doctor Who

The most well-known enemies of the Doctor are undoubtedly the Daleks - cyborgs created by a mad scientist called Davros, who genetically-modified a race of extra-terrestrial beings called Kaleds to be complete devoid of compassion or empathy. While the only emotion they feel is hate, their most well-known catchphrase is ‘Exterminate! Exterminate!’ In these ways, the Daleks are seen as polar-opposites of the Doctor. 

Other persistent enemies of the Doctor are the Cybermen, who descend from organic species of humainoids from the planet Mondas. They first appeared in 1966 and continue to make appearances today. The Cybermen began to implant more and more artificial parts to their bodies in order to survive the worsening climate on their planet, but this led to an unfortunate side-effect of becoming cold and machine-like in their bid for self-preservation.

A Cultural Phenomenon

Doctor Who has a huge global fanbase, and has become ingrained in British culture and indeed the outside perception of the British nation, spawning not only TV episodes, but radio programmes and novelizations. Doctor Who is regularly the subject of fan conventions, at which the actors who have played different characters, as well as different incarnations of the legendary protagonist, are often the guests of honour.  

[Source: Discovery Media]

15 January 2014

BBC Digital have released the cover art and details for their forthcoming Doctor Who eBook, Tales Of Trenzalore.

As it had been foretold, the armies of the Universe gathered at Trenzalore. Only one thing stood between the planet and destruction – the Doctor. For nine hundred years, he defended the planet, and the tiny town of Christmas, against the forces that would destroy it. 

He never knew how long he could keep the peace. He never knew what creatures would emerge from the snowy night to threaten him next. He knew only that at the end he would die on Trenzalore.

Some of what happened during those terrible years is well documented. But most of it remains shrouded in mystery and darkness.

Until now. 

This is a glimpse of just some of the terrors the people faced, the monstrous threats the Doctor defeated. These are the tales of the monsters who found themselves afraid - and of the one man who was not. 

Tales of Trenzalore documents four of the Doctor’s adventures from different periods during the Siege of Trenzalore and the ensuing battle: 

Let it Snow – by Justin Richards
An Apple a Day – by George Mann
Strangers in the Outland – by Paul Finch
The Dreaming – by Mark Morris

+  Tales Of Trenzalore is released on 27th February 2014, priced £2.99.
+  Preorder via Amazon.co.uk for just £2.49. 

[Source: BBC Digital]

5 January 2014

Our friends over at The Film Cell have just uploaded some fantastic new Doctor Who gifts and fancy dress ideas ideal for all those cosplay readers. They have a great range of official BBC Dr Who scarves and knitwear made to look just like the ones wore in the 1970’s & 80’s. Are you looking to dress up as your favourite Doctor? Then they also have some great Doctor Who Fancy Dress ideas which will help make your party or event extra special. 

If you are a fan of Sylvester McCoy they have 2 items that are going to blow you away. Firstly there is one of the most famous jumpers/tank tops of all time, the question mark top as worn by the 7th Doctor, McCoy. This is now available in a number of different sizes from small to extra large, a must-have item for fans of the McCoy era. 

To finish off the McCoy look they also have the 7th Doctor Who scarf which is both highly collectable as well as wearable. This authentic silk scarf comes presented in a collectors box, so makes a great presents for birthdays or Doctor Who gift for fans of the original series, Whovian’s or yourself this winter.

Not a McCoy fan? Then check out their iconic Doctor Who scarf as wore by Tom Baker which is an amazing 13 foot in length, that’s almost 4 meters long. This is one of the most iconic items of clothing from the original Doctor Who series especially while Tom Baker was playing the time lord between 1974 & 1981.

Their range of Doctor Who Fancy Dress are also now available, these were very popular at Christmas parties and continued their success on New Year’s Eve parties. If you are looking for a complete costume and haven’t got the time to make up the look yourself with the accessories above then these are a much easier option. These complete outfits are also a great idea for sci-fi events around the UK with the 50th Anniversary being such a big hit.

They have 3 options available currently, if you are a fan of the original series you can dress up as the 4th Doctor, Tom Baker. With the iconic scarf and wide-brimmed hat the costume is complete with all in one top.

If you’ve only just started to get into Doctor Who over the past few years then the next two options will probably be more to your taste, David Tennant at Matt Smith. The 10th Doctor costume comes complete with long sleeved jacket & mock waistcoat and shirt with tie all in one. Where as the 11th Doctor comes complete with long sleeved jacket & mock shirt with iconic bow tie.

Ideal if you are looking to dress up as a group why not all dress up as a different Doctor? There is also the weeping angel costume ideal for the ladies who want to join in and don’t want to choose one of the many assistants our favourite time lord has had over the years.  

They also have some of these products on SALE in their January sale so make sure you check out www.thefilmcell.com for all you movie and TV needs. All you will need now is a time machine and Sonic screwdriver which you can also get from The Film Cell. Unfortunately they don’t sell time machines!!

+  For all these and more, check out The Film Cell.

[Sources: The Film Cell]

3 January 2014

2013 was quite a year for The Doctor. As well as celebrating his 50th Anniversary and regenerating at Christmas, The Doctor was also the subject of a special stamp issue from Royal Mail.

The eleven stamps, launched in March and all at 1st Class value, feature eleven of the actors who have played the role of the Time Lord over the last 50 years, from William Hartnell right through to Matt Smith. The Doctors are also joined by stamps of some of their fiercest adversaries, such as the Daleks and Cybermen, who have enthralled generations of fans.

And it’s not too late to get your hands on the Doctor Who stamps and collectibles. From the presentation pack to the framed set of the Doctor Who stamps, the Royal Mail collection offers Doctor Who fans the perfect memento of one of the biggest years in our hero’s history.

+  Explore the collection now at Doctor Who Stamps at Royal Mail Shop.

[Source: Royal Mail]

29 December 2013

Here at DWO were always keen to help out our friends from other sites and companies, and Martin Johnson (of Big Finish acclaim) is no exception. His brand new Science Fiction audio drama series, Osiris, is entering the last few days of its Kickstarter project.

Osiris Synopsis:

A spaceship buried beneath Sherwood Forest for thousands of years brings epic unexpected space adventure to Jason Fox.

Check out the video promo for Osiris, below:

The kickstarter project ends on 31st December 2013!

+  Preorder Osiris via Everybodyelse now!

[Source: Martin Johnson] 

12 December 2013

Doctor Who Magazine have sent DWO the cover and details for Issue 468 of DWM.

Doctor Who Magazine joins in the festive spirit with a bumper-sized 100-page Christmas issue. And to celebrate the fact that Christmas Day will see the broadcast of the 800th episode of Doctor Who, the mag comes complete with a HUGE double sided-poster – one side celebrating Matt Smith's years as the Doctor, and the other featuring images from every single episode – all 800 of them! – since the series began.

Also inside this issue:

-  The Time of the Doctor – a preview of the Christmas Special, with exclusive new photographs.
-  Steven Moffat talks exclusively to DWM in an in-depth interview.
-  The life and times of Doctor Who's first writer, Anthony Coburn.
-  DWM tells the previously unknown story of one of the men instrumental in the creation of Doctor Who: CE 'Bunny' Webber.
-  The DWM Review of 2013.
-  The Watcher’s Guide to the Eleventh Doctor.
-  A look back at the Doctor Who Celebration at the ExCeL.
-  A Christmas Carol - an in-depth guide to Matt Smith's first Christmas Special.
-  Production Notes – showrunner Steven Moffat talks candidly about the biggest day of his career.
-  Pay the Piper Part 1 - a brand new comic strip.
-  Author Jacqueline Rayner looks back on Doctor Who's Christmas past.
-  The Time Team watch 2007's Voyage Of The Damned.
-  The Watcher’s Fiendishly Festive Christmas Quiz!
-  Competitions, puzzles, and much more!

+  Doctor Who Magazine Issue #468 is Out Today, priced £5.99.

+  Subscribe Worldwide to DWM for just £85.00 via CompareTheDalek!

+  Check Out The DWO Guide to Doctor Who Magazine!

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

4 December 2013

Forbidden Planet have teamed up with Character Options for another Exclusive Doctor Who Toy.

'The Other Doctor' action figure features The Other Doctor as played by John Hurt, from the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special; The Day Of The Doctor.

Product Details:

The ‘Other Doctor’ is the Doctor’s dark chapter, a hitherto unknown incarnation whose existence has spent centuries repressing a secret he wants no one to know of.

He is a relic of the past, part of the great Time War, when he spent centuries fighting alongside his fellow Time Lords against the Daleks and made the final decision to end it with a desperate act that cost that incarnation the right to use the name “Doctor”.

This haunted and battle-worn Other Doctor is finally forgiven after helping find a new solution to end the war, giving the Eleventh Doctor a new purpose as he heads into further adventures.


•  The Other Doctor Action Figure.
•  The Other Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver Accessory.
•  The Moment Accessory.
•  The Eighth Doctor alternate head.

+  'The Other Doctor' action figure is released on 28th February 2014, priced £14.99.
+  Preorder Now from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]


22 November 2013

Our friends over at Buckingham Covers have some rare Doctor Who first day covers, but with some limited editions of only 50 or less, these are only for a select few.

Most will be snapped up by first day cover collectors because Buckingham first day covers are world renowned in the stamp world.

That means few, true Doctor Who fans will even hear of them, let alone get a chance to buy one - but DWO followers, here’s your chance! 

Royal Mail is selling Doctor Who first day covers too but don’t be confused. The ones on offer from Buckingham are much smaller editions and are more sought after by collectors. Also, Buckingham Covers has a reputation for offering top autographs – always genuine – on their first day covers.

So far their Doctor Who covers have been hand signed by:

Sylvester McCoy (7th Doctor)
Colin Baker (6th Doctor)
Tom Baker (4th Doctor)
Peter Davison (5th Doctor)
Nicola Bryant (Peri)
Louise Jameson (Leela)
Bonnie Langford (Mel)

with more autographs expected to be announced in the next few months.

+  Check them out at: www.buckinghamcovers.com/doctorwho

[Source: Buckingham Covers]

21 November 2013

Our friends over at Puffin Books have sent DWO some more details on the anthology of eleven stories by some of the most exciting names in children's fiction!

The print edition of '11 Doctors, 11 Stories' is the culmination of a year-long series of eBooks to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who.

Eleven stories, eleven authors, eleven unique interpretations of the Doctor: his terrifying alien enemies and his time-travelling adventures.

The authors involved in this exciting project are Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Malorie Blackman, Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson, Derek Landy and Neil Gaiman

+  11 Doctors, 11 Stories is Out Now, priced £12.99.

+  Order your copy now via Amazonhttp://amzn.to/1eP9Pdl

[Source: Puffin Books]

19 November 2013

To celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary the new issue of Radio Times (on sale from Tuesday 19th November) features 12 different collectable covers each with a different Doctor and monsters from their era, with 26 pages on the iconic show inside.

The first cover can be seen to the right with three covers being unveiled every day from Saturday 16th November to Tuesday 19th November on the Radio Times DiscoverTV app.

Radio Times DiscoverTV is a new daily TV and radio recommendations and discovery service; helping you discover your new favourite programmes today wherever they are - on TV, catch-up or on-demand.

Available on iPad and optimised for iOS7, Radio Times DiscoverTV is a freemium app with a 30-day free trial of the premium features. A free limited service is available without subscription with easy-to use, 14 day customised TV and radio listings, by provider and location, and basic programme information. Download for free here.

What's in the 50th Anniversary Special Issue?

Why you can't destroy the Doctor, by Steven Moffat
The show-runner writes exclusively for Radio Times on a cultural legacy so strong that it even endured a 16-year television hiatus. Not that he would ever let that happen again, of course…

Retrospectives of each Doctor
From the first Doctor, William Hartnell, to the 11th, Matt Smith, we examine each Time Lord's era, taking in companions, villains and using exclusive archive interviews with the actors themselves. It’s the ultimate guide to the mad man in a box.

Interviews with Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt
It’s not all about the past, though, for The Day of the Doctor is coming. Radio Times talks to Matt Smith and David Tennant about acting together – “Have I just woken out of a dream?” asks the tenth Doctor – while screen legend John Hurt (the War Doctor) tells us why he wasn’t a fan of the 1963 series. 

Interactive issue
The issue is not just packed with great Doctor Who words and pictures, it also contains a treasure trove of interactive content, such as video, 3D pages and detailed guides. To access the interactive content, simply download the free Blippar app to your smartphone or tablet; then open the app and hold your device over the interactive symbols.

Start with the cover to reveal an exclusive video message from the 11th Doctor, and the opportunity to create and star in your own Radio Times Doctor Who cover to share on social media.

Inside, there’s even more, including a comprehensive episode-by-episode guide for each Doctor, animated and video Doctor Who content, over 100 pictures from the Radio Times Doctor Who archive, a gallery of all Radio Times's Doctor Who covers, plus exclusive 3D content.  

An exclusive shot from The Day of the Doctor
The tenth Doctor and Joanna Page’s Queen Elizabeth I look rather cosy, don't they?

My love of Doctor Who, by BBC Director General Tony Hall
The DG writes exclusively for Radio Times about how he fell in love with Doctor Who in 1963 and is now thrilled to be the man in charge at its height. He even tells a nifty little tale of how he once flew the Tardis…  

Interviews with famous Doctor Who fans
Charlie Brooker, Jonathon Ross and Jo Whiley are among the stars sharing their favourite Who moments in extracts from Steve Berry’s book, From Behind The Sofa.

Win the Doctor’s actual bow tie!
And finally, as if we haven’t spoilt you lot enough, we’re also giving readers a chance to a win a money-can’t-buy prize: the bow tie worn by Matt Smith’s Doctor on screen.

Twelve collectible covers
View all 12 covers in our gallery, below:

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 +  Buy this issue of Radio Times as well as past issues from CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: Radio Times]

12 November 2013

Doctor Who Magazine have sent DWO the cover and details for Issue 467 of DWM.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Doctor Who Magazine 467 is the biggest issue ever, at 116 packed pages! It also comes complete with a very special 1960s-themed mini issue, which imagines how DWM might have celebrated the series' first anniversary. PLUS! There's also a set of 12 amazing art cards, featuring all 12 Doctors, and NINE free audio downloads of Doctor Who stories!

Also inside this issue:

+  Matt Smith and David Tennant – two Doctors interviewed together!
+  The Day of the Doctor – a preview of the 50th Anniversary Special, with exclusive new photographs!
+  Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) interviewed!
+  An Adventure in Space and Time – huge behind-the-scenes feature!
+  A fascinating feature on Anthony Coburn – Doctor Who’s greatest unsung hero!
+  An Unearthly Child – the draft scripts of Doctor Who’s very first episode revealed!
+  The Watcher’s Guide to Anniversaries!
+  The Wonder of Who – a guide to Doctor Who’s supposedly 'indefinable magic'!
+  The Five Doctors – a fascinating guide to Doctor Who’s 20th anniversary adventure!
+  Mary Peach – the guest star of The Enemy of the World reacts to the story’s recent recovery!
+  Production Notes – showrunner Steven Moffat is joined by someone from his past…
+  John Smith and the Common Men – a special anniversary comic strip!
+  The Time Team watch Last of the Time Lords and Time Crash!
+  The Watcher’s 50th Anniversary Quiz!
+  Competitions, puzzles, and much more!

+  Doctor Who Magazine Issue #467 is out on 14th November, priced £7.99.

+  Subscribe Worldwide to DWM for just £85.00 via CompareTheDalek!

+  Check Out The DWO Guide to Doctor Who Magazine!

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

7 November 2013

BBC Consumer Products have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD release of An Adventure In Space And Time.

This fantastic one-off drama travels back in time to 1963 to see how the beloved Doctor Who was first brought to the screen.

Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry’s glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama, time travel and monsters!

Allied with a team of brilliant people, they went on to create the longest-running science fiction series ever, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

An Adventure in Space and Time is written by Mark Gatiss, executive produced by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner and directed by Terry McDonough. David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) plays the lead role of William Hartnell while Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, The Woman in Black) co-stars as the first ever producer of Doctor Who, Verity Lambert.

The stellar cast is joined by Sacha Dhawan (Waris Hussein), Lesley Manville (Heather Hartnell), and Brian Cox (Sydney Newman). A must see drama for all Doctor Who and drama fans alike.

Special Features:

•  Leaflet featuring programme images and an exclusive foreword by writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss
•  William Hartnell: The Original
•  The Making of An Adventure  - narrated by Carole Ann Ford
•  Reconstructions:
-  Scenes from An Unearthly Child and the pilot
- Regenerations 
-  Farewell to Susan 
- Festive Greeting
-  The Title Sequences
-  Deleted Scenes 
- The Radiophonic Workshop
-  Verity's Leaving Party

The disc also contains English subtitles for the hard of hearing, audio description and audio navigation.

The main feature contains a 5.1 soundtrack.

+  An Adventure In Space And Time is released on 2nd December 2013, priced £13.99.

+  Preorder Now from BBC Shop.

[Source: BBC Consumer Products]

31 October 2013

Doctor Who Magazine have finally launched a digital edition of the magazine in the UK!

The magazine as well as a few back issues can now be bought as an app through Apple's AppStore, which ties into the Newsstand app.

DWO caught up with DWM editor, Tom Spilsbury, who had the following to say about the new format:

"We're delighted to bring DWM to a digital audience. The magazine continues to grow its sales, so this will help us expand our audience further.

Fear not, though, if you prefer to read the physical magazine - this is designed to complement the physical version, not to replace it. We're sure that the digital version of DWM will help readers all over the world keep up to date with the latest adventures of the Doctor. 

We're hoping to put up a year's worth of back issues in the first instance. If it proves popular, we may go back further.”

+  Download the DWM App on iTunes for FREE!
+  Subscribe to DWM from just £18.49 via Unique Magazines!
+  Subscribe Worldwide to DWM for just £85.00 via CompareTheDalek!

+  Check Out The DWO Guide to Doctor Who Magazine!

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

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