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26 September 2012

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

The Three Doctor's Collector's Set features Jo Grant, The Brigadier and a Gel Guard, as featured in the 3rd Doctor adventure; The Three Doctors.

A gel-like plasma creature arrives on Earth and hunts down the third Doctor, who calls on the Time Lords for help. The Time Lords themselves are in crisis as their energy is being drawn off into a black hole. They send the Doctor’s earlier selves to join him.

The first Doctor, caught in a time eddy and able only to advise, deduces that the creature is a time bridge. The third Doctor and Jo then give themselves up to it and are transported to a world of antimatter beyond the black hole.

On Earth, the second Doctor is forced to take refuge in the TARDIS along with the Brigadier and Sergeant Benton. On the advice of the first Doctor he switches off the ship’s force field, and the whole UNIT building is transported through the black hole.

Behind these events is Omega, a figure from Time Lord history whose solar engineering provided the power for time travel. He has been trapped in the black hole ever since and now wants the Doctor to swap places with him, but it transpires that the corrosive properties of his domain have already destroyed his physical form, leaving only his will.

Contents:

-  The Brigadier In Peaked Cap with Pistol.
-  Jo Grant (with alternate arms and removable gilt).
-  Gel Guard.

+  The Three Doctors Collector's Set is released on 3rd January 2013, priced £26.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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13 September 2012

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

The Pyramids of Mars Collector's Set features Sutekh with 2 Robot Mummy Action Figures.

In this fourth Doctor adventure, the TARDIS materialises on Earth in the year 1911 inside an old priory owned by Egyptologist Marcus Scarman. Scarman has been possessed by Sutekh, last survivor of the god-like Osirans, who is held prisoner under a pyramid in Egypt by a signal transmitted from one on Mars. Sutekh desires his freedom and instructs Scarman to construct servicer robots - which look like Egyptian mummies - to build a missile with which to destroy the Martian pyramid. The Doctor foils this plan by blowing up the missile.

He then falls under Sutekh’s control himself and is made to transport Scarman to Mars in the TARDIS. Scarman cuts off the signal but the Doctor, now freed of Sutekh’s influence, realises that there will be a short delay before it stops, rushes back and uses the time control from the TARDIS to move the end of Sutekh’s space-time tunnel into the far future. Sutekh, travelling down the tunnel, is unable to reach the end in his lifetime, and dies.

Contents:

1 x Sutekh with jackal head action figure.
2 x Mars Guardian Robot Mummy action figures.

+  The Pyramids of Mars Collector's Set is released on 18th September 2012, priced £19.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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28 August 2012

Radio Times have launched another issue of their popular magazine, sporting a Doctor Who cover, this time to promote Asylum of the Daleks.

In the new issue of Radio Times, on sale from today, there are interviews with Karen Gillan, Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill, plus an episode guide by Steven Moffat.

Talking about the new companion, Karen Gillan says:

“I’ve met Jenna and we get on really well. And I’ve been texting her bits and bobs about Matt, but what I wrote is a secret. That’s the code of the companion. I didn’t offer her any advice though because I want her to have the experience for herself. I didn’t want to plant any preconceptions in her head.”

On the Doctor’s 50th anniversary next year, Matt Smith says:

“We want to make it as big and bold and as brilliant as we can because, we hope, it can be one of the monumental bits of TV history. But I doubt there’ll be a regeneration…”

+  Radio Times is out Today, priced £1.40.

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

[Source: Radio Times]

21 August 2012

At long last, Character Options are finally releasing a Rory Williams Action Figure (for the fan who waited).

Amy Pond’s fiancée who, on his stag night found himself whisked away in the TARDIS. After defeating the Saturnynes and the Dream Lord, Rory was killed saving the Doctor’s life during a battle with the Silurians. However, his body was absorbed by the time energies leaking across time and space – resulting in him never having existed. However, his essence was placed into an Auton replica of himself in Roman times and after briefly reuniting with Amy, he accidentally killed her.

To restore her, the Doctor placed her in the Pandorica and for two thousand years Rory stood guard over her, the legendary Lone Centurion. When time was finally rebooted, Rory became human again, married Amy and once again joined her and the Doctor in the TARDIS.

Recreate scenes from Doctor Who with this incredibly detailed and fully articulated 5-inch Rory Williams action figure. One supplied. For ages 5 years and over.

+  The Rory Williams Action Figure is released this October, priced £9.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet for just £8.99!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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17 August 2012

DWO are pleased to announce that Version 3.0 of the popular 'WhoFeed' Doctor Who News App, is now live in the Apple App Store.

The latest version is now also compatible across all iOS devices, incorporating iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Current WhoFeed Features:

-  The latest News from the top Doctor Who News sites.
-  The latest Blog entries from the top Doctor Who Blog sites.
-  Individual News stream option.
-  DWO WhoCast Podcast episodes (in-app streaming).
-  Doctor Who Websites links.
-  YouTube videos from the Official ClassicDW Channel. 
-  Comment Wall for fan interactivity.
-  WhoFeed Contacts page.
-  PLUS - in-App Social Interactivity. 

Don't forget to Rate & Review WhoFeed in the App Store - your feedback is greatly appreciated!

+ Click Here to buy WhoFeed for just £1.49 ($1.99).

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

16 August 2012

In a departure from previous projects, Fantom Publishing is proud to reveal their first ever calendar!

The Who Girls 2013 Calendar is a glorious celebration of the most glamorous travellers in time and space. Twelve stellar images featuring ANNEKE WILLS, DEBORAH WATLING, KATY MANNING, MARY TAMM, SARAH SUTTON and NICOLA BRYANT.

All photographs have been fully endorsed and approved by the actresses featured. Each calendar ordered directly through their website will come signed by one of the ladies featured!

+  Who Girls 2013 Calendar is available Now priced £12.99 including P&P.

[Source: Fantom Publishing]

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9 August 2012

DWO are pleased to announce that Version 3.0 of our popular 'iWho' Doctor Who App, is now live in the Apple App Store.

The latest version is now also compatible across all iOS devices, incorporating iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Current iWho Features:

-  News & Reviews provided by DWO.
-  DWO WhoCast podcast episodes (in-app streaming).
-  Complete guide to the Region 2 DVD Guide (Region 1 coming soon).
-  DWO Twitter Timeline (with in-app interactivity).
-  DWO Facebook Timeline (with in-app interactivity). 
-  DWO YouTube Videos (in-app streaming). 
-  A LIVE Map of the DWO Minecraft Server.
-  Comment Wall for fan interactivity.
-  DWO Contacts page.
-  PLUS - in-App Social Interactivity. 

Don't forget to Rate & Review iWho on the App Store - your feedback is greatly appreciated!

+ Click Here to buy iWho for just £1.49 ($1.99).

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

31 July 2012

Big Finish is delighted to announce that its licence with AudioGO to make Doctor Who on audio has been extended up to December 2015.

“I’m so excited that we can continue our voyages with the Doctor for at least another three years,” says Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, “and so pleased that AudioGO and the BBC continue to trust us with the telling of these stories.”

“It's been a privilege and a pleasure for me to have worked on the Doctor Who audio range since 1999,” adds executive producer Nicholas Briggs. “I'm looking forward to continuing the excellent relationship we have with AudioGO and the BBC – and, of course, to the many exciting adventures for the Doctor I'll be working on over the next three years or more.”

“We’re already making plans for 2015,” says line producer David Richardson, “which will be the sixteenth year of Doctor Who audio productions from Big Finish and include our landmark 200th main range play! In addition to the Doctor Who main range and Companion Chronicles, we are working through ideas for an exciting new range which we hope to announce during 2013.”

[Source: Big Finish]

27 July 2012

Matt 'Meets' Pat in Doctor Who Magazine 450!

In an exclusive, brand new interview with Matt Smith, Doctor Who Magazine imagines what would happen if he could talk with the actor who played the Doctor’s Second incarnation, Patrick Troughton.

MATT: “Patrick has a very Doctory face. Everything about Patrick is Doctory! He is peculiar without ever asking you to find him peculiar. All the elements were right. I loved his costume.”

PATRICK: “Well, you go along to the costumiers and they produce various things, and you say, 'Ahh, that would be good…'”

ALSO THIS ISSUE:

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET?
Head writer and executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT drops his guard and reveals what's happening with the next 14 episodes of Doctor Who, exclusively in PRODUCTION NOTES!

DINOSAURS ON A SPACESHIP!
DWM talks to writer CHRIS CHIBNALL and grills him about his forthcoming scripts in the new season of Doctor Who – DINOSAURS ON A SPACESHIP and the “very different” Episode 4… 

REMEMBERING CARRY
DWM pays tribute to the late CAROLINE JOHN, the much-loved actress who played the Third Doctor’s assistant Liz Shaw and died in June – and looks back over her life and times.

RECOLLECTIONS OF THE DALEKS
Seasoned Dalek operators NICHOLAS PEGG and BARNABY EDWARDS give DWM readers on a unique, Dalek-eye view of the making of 2005’s BAD WOLF/THE PARTING OF THE WAYS – accompanied by photos from their private collections!

WHEN PAT MET COLIN
Stern Sontarans, ambitious Androgums and fantastic food! Yes, it’s time to uncover the fascinating details of what really happened when the Second and Sixth incarnations met, as THE FACT OF FICTION looks back at the 1985 adventure THE TWO DOCTORS!

DOCTOR WHO’S REPLACEMENT?
DWM investigates STARWATCH, a sci-fi series that, had it been made in the 1990s, would have starred JON PERTWEE. With never-before-published images from the project, DWM talks to the people who tried to make it happen…

WHEN PAT MET JON… AND PETER AND RICHARD AND TOM
COUNTDOWN TO 50 takes a nostalgic look back at the story which celebrated Doctor Who’s 20th anniversary with some old friends – and some ever older enemies! – as it remembers THE FIVE DOCTORS.

TREASURES BEYOND IMAGINING...
The Doctor, Amy and Rory face up to a ruthless collection of alien criminals within a mysterious ziggurat stuffed with priceless treasures in THE CORNUCOPIA CAPER, the latest DWM comic strip, written by SCOTT GRAY with art by DAN McDAID!

FIND THE DOCTOR!
The Time Team convenes to watch one of the most innovative and controversial Doctor Who stories of all time – 2006’s LOVE & MONSTERS. But what will Emma, Chris, Will and Michael make of it…?

THE BARE ESSENTIALS
DWM strands TOBY HADOKE and JOHNNY CANDON on a desert island, with only eight Doctor Who stories each to keep them company. But which episodes will they choose? And whose selection do you agree with?  Find out, in A BATTLE OF WITS!

WOTCHA
The mysterious Watcher marvels at the TARDIS’ food machine, challenges readers with his Six Faces of Delusion, and champions another Supporting Artist of the Month in WOTCHA!

PLUS! All the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more…

AND! A giant-sized, double-sided poster featuring the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, and ‘every Dalek ever’!

+  Doctor Who Magazine Issue #450 is Out Now, priced £4.99.

+  Subscribe to Doctor Who Magazine from as little as £16.99 at Unique Magazines!

+  Check Out DWO's Guide to every issue of Doctor Who Magazine!

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

25 July 2012

Doctor Who becomes first ever British TV show to appear on cover of America’s iconic Entertainment Weekly.

Doctor Who will once again make history on Friday 27th July when the world’s longest running sci-fi television show features on the cover of influential US entertainment magazine, Entertainment Weekly. Incredibly, it will be the first British television show to command a spot on the cover, further highlighting Doctor Who’s growing U.S. fan-base.

Entertainment Weekly was granted behind the scenes access to the cast of the upcoming series, and the cover story features interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Executive Producer Steven Moffat. This fantastic coup for the brand follows on from other notable shout-outs on The Late Late Show, Greys Anatomy and Criminal Minds

Doctor Who Series 6 was the most watched series ever on BBC America, while the same series was also the most downloaded show on U.S. iTunes last year, eclipsing celebrated shows such as Mad Men and Glee

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

19 July 2012

Forbidden Planet have teamed up with Character Options for another Exclusive Doctor Who Toy, released in conjunction with the 2012 San Diego Comic Con.

The Victory of the Daleks Set features Winston Churchill, an Ironside Dalek and extra accessories from the War Room setting.

The Doctor has been summoned by his old friend Winston Churchill but in the Cabinet War Rooms, far below the streets of blitz-torn London, he finds his oldest enemy waiting for him... The Daleks are back! And can Churchill really be in league with them?

The Ironsides were designed to be the perfect warrior, after the concept was dreamt up by Professor Bracewell, seemingly from nowhere. In actual fact, these new weapons which Winston Churchill wanted to use to win the war were in fact Daleks, who had fallen back through time and needed the Doctor to be able to create the new Dalek race. Professor Bracewell was in fact an android built by the Daleks, part of a complex trap to lure the Doctor back to where they were hiding, so he would unwittingly allow the Dalek race to be reborn thanks to his testimony. The new Daleks appeared, and exterminated the Ironsides.

Contents:

1 x Winston Churchill action figure
1 x Ironside Dalek action figure (with Tea Tray!)
Plus extra accessories from the War Room setting!

+  The SDCC 2012 Victory of the Daleks Set is Out Now, priced £26.99.

+  Order this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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11 July 2012

Character Options have sent DWO the details for their upcoming Electronic Sound FX Daleks.

The Daleks were created by the Kaled scientist, Davros as travel machines. He had deduced that the years of radiation and chemical poisoning from an ongoing war would lead his race to mutate into immobile organisms. The Dalek travel machines would house these creatures and allow the Kaleds to survive. However, in the course of his experiments, Davros deliberately removed what he considered to be debilitating emotions from the mutants and a force of evil was spawned!

The Daleks were born without any ability to feel compassion or pity and were motivated only by hate, fear and an implacable belief that they were the superior creatures in the Universe.

Recreate scenes from Doctor Who with these highly detailed 5" poseable Dalek action figures.

Featuring the following six Daleks, modelled accurately on some of the famous Daleks from past episodes. Bronze Dalek (2005), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), Power of the Daleks (1966), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Planet of the Daleks (1973) and Death to the Daleks (1974). Each Dalek includes sound FX and speech by era! Collect them all!. Six to Collect.

+  The Electronic Sound FX Daleks is released on 22nd August 2012, priced £14.99 each.

+  PREORDER all six Daleks from Forbidden Planet! for just £79.99 (RRP: £89.94).

[Source: Character Options]

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3 July 2012

BBC Consumer Products have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD release of The Ambassadors of Death.

The Ambassadors of Death
Featuring: The 3rd Doctor

When all communication is lost from Mars Probe 7 shortly after jt leaves. Mars and begins its trip back to Earth, a second craft is launched to investigate. As’ Recovery 7 docks in space, it ,too. loses all communication The Doctor and UNIT are given the task of investigating the mystery, as Recovery 7 returns to Earth.

It appears that no one can be trusted, as the space capsule is hijacked from its UNIT convoy With, military precision. What has happened to the missing astronauts? Could this be a secret-invasion from Mars, -or is the enemy much closer to home?

As the Doctor plans a daring space mission of his own, his assistant Liz Shaw goes missing. Who is working against UNIT in order to bring mankind into conflict with an alien race…?

Cleared Special Features:

•  00:01:27:01 - (DOCTOR WHO - THE AMBASSADORS OF DEATH) (TRAILER)
•  00:13:05:07 - TOMORROW'S TIMES - THE THIRD DOCTOR
•  00:04:24:15 - THE AMBASSADORS OF DEATH - PHOTO GALLERY
•  00:25:49:16 - MARS PROBE 7: MAKING THE AMBASSADORS OF DEATH

+  The Ambassadors of Death is released on 1st October 2012, priced £20.42.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: BBC Consumer Products]

27 June 2012

Discover how the BBC's longest-running drama series has evolved in DWM Issue 449.

The new issue of DWM examines the growing pains of a television legend in a major feature on the development of Doctor Who at seven-year intervals, as it approaches 49 UP. It examines the moments that defined the show, including the adolescence that brought major format changes, the teenage years with Doctor Who in rude health, its incredibly successful return to television in 2005 – and asks what the next seven years may hold in store...

Also this issue:

CHIBNALL’S CHOICE
Scriptwriter CHRIS CHIBNALL drops hints about his two new scripts for the next series of Doctor Who  – and how writing for the series is unlike writing anything else – in PRODUCTION NOTES.

YOUR’E HIRED!
Long-serving Doctor Who casting director ANDY PRYOR talks exclusively to DWM about his hand in casting three different Doctors, the joy of working on every single episode of Doctor Who since 2005 – and who he has cast for the next series…

ECHOES OF THE PAST
Doctor Who celebrated a landmark birthday, but the monsters were conspicuous by their absence. Was that necessarily a bad thing? Find out as COUNTDOWN TO 50 revisits 1983 and Series Twenty!

HONOUR AMONGST THIEVES
Amy’s been hijacked by the best thief in town, while the Doctor and Rory have fallen in with the wrong crowd. But what is the secret of the Ziggurat hanging above Cornucopia? Find out in Part Two of THE CORNUCOPIA CAPER, the latest comic strip adventure written by SCOTT GRAY with art by DAN McDAID!

GENESIS OF DALEK
The Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler encounter a lone Dalek deep within a Utah bunker – but Skaro’s finest very nearly didn’t make the party. DALEK, 2005’s triumphant return for the Doctor’s deadliest enemies, is given THE FACT OF FICTION treatment, with detailed commentary on all 11 drafts of writer ROBERT SHEARMAN’s script – with exclusive new revelations from the writer himself!

DETAILS, DETAILS...
If you don’t read the Production Subtitles on the Doctor Who DVDs, then now is the time to start! Subtitle writer (and TV Dalek) NICHOLAS PEGG reveals the arcane secrets of compiling a treasure trove of Doctor Who facts and figures in INFOMANIA.

MONSTER vs MONSTER
Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, Silurians and Macra – they’ve all returned to battle the Doctor since Doctor Who’s comeback in 2005. But what classic creatures are we desperate to see next? TOBY HADOKE wants a return for those green giants the Ice Warriors, while JOHNNY CANDON goes Underground to shout out for the Great Intelligence’s Yeti. Who will triumph in this monster BATTLE OF WITS?

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL?
THE TIME TEAM – Chris, Emma, Michael and Will – have a devil of a time while watching THE IMPOSSIBLE PLANET/THE SATAN PIT. But what will the Team make of this terrifying adventure for the Tenth Doctor and Rose…?

AND THE WINNERS ARE...
The votes are in! See which books, audios and DVDs are hits with the readers of DWM in the results of the latest MERCHANDISE POLL, and discover how your favourites fared…

SUITED AND BOOTED!
The Watcher takes another flick through the pages of the Stockbridge English Dictionary, stares down The Six Faces of Delusion, highlights another masterclass in the dramatic art from a Supporting Artist of the Month, and reaches number 20 in A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects – the Doctor’s Impact Suit. It might not be as implausible as it seems… as WOTCHA explains! 

PLUS! All the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more!

+  Doctor Who Magazine Issue #449 is out on Thursday 28th June 2012, priced £4.50.

+  Subscribe to Doctor Who Magazine from as little as £16.99 via CompareTheDalek.com!

+  Check Out DWO's Guide to every issue of Doctor Who Magazine!

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

27 June 2012

BBC Books have sent DWO the cover & details for the September release of The Dalek Project by Justin Richards and Mike Collins.

The Dalek Project

Written by: Justin Richards
Illustrated by: Mike Collins

A stunning new graphic novel, featuring the Doctor as played by Matt Smith in an exciting adventure with the Daleks.

1917. It’s the height of the Great War and Hellcombe Hall is a house full of mystery: locked doors, forbidden rooms, dustsheets covering guilty secrets, and ghostly noises frightening the servants. Most mysterious of all, the drawing room seems to open directly onto a muddy, corpse-filled trench on the Western Front…

Arriving at this stately home, the Doctor meets Lord Hellcombe, an armaments manufacturer who has a new secret weapon he believes will win the war: he calls it ‘the Dalek’. Soon, the Doctor and his new friends are in a race against time to prevent the entire Western Front from becoming part of the Dalek Project!

+  The Dalek Project is released on 6th September 2012, priced £14.99 (HB).

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: BBC Books]

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