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10 February 2012

Doctor Who DVD Producer, 2|entertain have been in touch to let us know they have now integrated with BBC Worldwide - and changed their name.

The company will now be known as BBC Worldwide Consumer Products (a bit of a mouthful, we know), but we are informed the changes shouldn't affect the Doctor Who DVD range too much. Below are the full details we have received:

We wanted to let you know that we've recently changed the name of our DVD business and we're no longer going to be calling ourselves 2|entertain. This is all part of the full integration with BBC Worldwide and we're now part of a division called Consumer Products which brings together all our DVDs, our download business and also all the licensed product that you see on brands like Doctor Who.

You will start to see different labelling on product and from the Spring, the 2|entertain label will disappear from Doctor Who DVDs. The reverse sleeve will remain as it is now with the old 'BBC' logo so you can match each release with your collection. You will also see our press information come labelled 'BBC Worldwide' instead of '2|entertain'.

Doctor Who remains, as ever, an incredibly important property to us and we'll be continuing to bring you a extensive range of great quality Classic Doctor Who DVDs. The name change will not affect the quality of the restoration or the extras which we're excited to be able to bring to fans on DVD throughout the year. 

[Source: BBC Worldwide Consumer Products]

9 February 2012

106 episodes from the black-and-white years of Doctor Who are missing from the BBC's Archives; the original tapes long since wiped. However, film copies were made and sold all over the world in the 1960s and 70s. Where did these episodes go – and, more importantly, could they still exist somewhere today? DWM 444 presents the ultimate guide to which episodes were sold, where and when – and the chances of their survival. The answers might surprise you...

ALSO THIS ISSUE:

OLD FRIENDS, NEW FACES

As work begins on the new series of Doctor Who, showrunner STEVEN MOFFAT takes DWM readers into his confidence, and looks ahead to the final fate of Amy and Rory – and just what might happen next...

SHA-DAAAA!

At last, more than 30 years since the TV production was abandoned, SHADA has been completed – thanks to BBC Books! DWM talks to author GARETH ROBERTS about the challenges of writing a novel based on Douglas Adams' lost 'Fourth Doctor' story.

RUTANS, SONTARANS AND GIANT PRAWNS

DWM goes back to the 1977 and celebrates the season which introduced K9 and attempted some of the most ambitious stories in Doctor Who's history, as COUNTDOWN TO 50! continues.

AN OLYMPIAN TASK!

The Doctor and his new Greek philosopher chum Socrates meet the Gods of Olympus, while Amy and Rory face danger in ancient Athens! Don't miss the latest thrilling instalment of the brand new comic strip, THE CHAINS OF OLYMPUS by SCOTT GRAY, with art by MIKE COLLINS.

FIRE AND ICE

Go on an ANT hunt, explore the Ice Caves and feel the Dragon's fire! With fascinating new facts and photos, THE FACT OF FICTION guides you through the 1987 Seventh Doctor story that introduced Ace – DRAGONFIRE!

IT MUST BE LOVE

If the love of your life is a Doctor Who fan, should you share their enthusiasm or leave them to it? KATHERINE HADOKE (wife of Toby) and GIGI CANDON (wife of Johnny) discuss the pros and cons as the regular DWM debaters defer to their better halves in A BATTLE OF WIVES!

AN ALIEN WEREWOLF IN SCOTLAND

The Tenth Doctor and Rose team up with Queen Victoria to battle a savage werewolf in Scotland, 1879! With their mistletoe at the ready, what will THE TIME TEAM of Emma, Chris, Will and Michael make of TOOTH AND CLAW?

ESSENTIAL READING

The mysterious Watcher remembers a landmark in Doctor Who publishing, champions another Supporting Artist of the Month and challenges readers with his Six Faces of Delusion. Don't miss the latest WOTCHA!

PLUS!

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

+  Doctor Who Magazine Issue #444 is out Today, priced £4.50.

+  SUBSCRIBE and get 12 x Issues, 1 x Special and Worldwide Shipping for £85 via CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

3 February 2012

Arcalian Attire have another Doctor Who-inspired Tee for sale via CafePress.

'Chesterton...Release the Nerds!!!' is a Doctor Who / Simpsons crossover that features The First Doctor and Ian Chesterton, in a classic 'Mr Burns and Smithers' pose inspired by The Simpsons.

The T-Shirt, which is available through Arcalian Attire, was designed by Dean T. Frazer, from an idea by DWO WhoCast competition winner, Alexander Edwards.

+  Order this Tee from Arcalian Attire, for just £18.50 / $24.99, here.

[Source: Arcalian Attire]

3 February 2012

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD Box-set release of Ace Adventures.

Dragonfire

Featuring: The 7th Doctor

On the planet Svartos, the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Mel unexpectedly encounter an old friend – Sabalom Glitz. Joined by Ace, a teenage waitress with a love for explosives, the group ventures off to find the fabled Dragonfire treasure. 

Special Features:

•  Commentary

•  Deleted / extended scenes

•  Trivia subtitles

•  Video & audio restoration

•  Coming Soon Trailer

•  Radio Times Billings (PDF)

•  Making-of documentary

•  Photo gallery

•  Danny Bang - documentary

•  The Doctor's Strange Love - documentary

The Happiness Patrol

Featuring: The 7th Doctor

On the planet Terra Alpha, the population constantly displays happy smiles. Anyone feeling remotely glum disappears. Quickly. Having heard disturbing rumours, the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace arrive to topple the entire regime.

Special Features:

•  Commentary

•  "Ace" wishes Blue Peter Happy Birthday (archive clip)

•  Isolated score

•  Deleted / extended scenes

•  Trivia subtitles

•  Video & audio restoration

•  Coming Soon Trailer

•  Radio Times Billings (PDF)

•  Making-of documentary

•  Photo gallery

•  Politics In Doctor Who - documentary

+  Ace Adventures is released on 7th May 2012, priced £30.63.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

3 February 2012

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD release of Nightmare of Eden.

Nightmare of Eden

Featuring: The 4th Doctor

Two spacecraft fuse in a hyperspace collision, and with the dimensional instabilities threatening everyone aboard, it’s fortunate the Doctor (Tom Baker), Romana (Lalla Ward) and K-9 arrive to help.

But when a crewmember is found clawed by a ferocious creature, it seems there’s something even more frightening stalking the corridors. But what can this have to do with a zoologist, Professor Tryst, his CET projection machine, and a planet called Eden?

Special Features:

•  Commentary with actors Lalla Ward (Romana) and Peter Craze (Costa), writer Bob Baker, effects designer Colin Mapson and make-up designer Joan Stribling. Moderated by Toby Hadoke 

•  The Nightmare of Television Centre - A look back at a somewhat troubled production with three of the behind-the-scenes crew who worked on it 

•  Going Solo - Writer Bob Baker talks about The Nightmare of Eden 

•  The Doctor’s Strange Love with comedian Josie Long and writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier 

•  Ask Aspel - LallaWard’s appearance on the popular BBC children’s show 

•  Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM) 

•  Programme Subtitles 

•  Production Information Subtitles 

•  Photo Gallery

•  Coming Soon Trailer 

•  Digitally Remastered Picture And Sound Quality

+  Nightmare of Eden is released on 2nd April 2012, priced £20.42.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

30 January 2012

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

The Seeds of Doom Set features The 4th Doctor and a Krynoid (as seen in the Classic Series adventure The Seeds of Doom).

Two alien seed pods are found buried in the Antarctic permafrost. The Fourth Doctor, accompanied by Sarah-Jane Smith, realises that they are from a Krynoid, a form of voracious plant life that infects and transforms all animal life on planets upon which it becomes established.

One of the pods opens and infects a scientist at an Antarctic base but the developing Krynoid is destroyed by a bomb set to cover the tracks of two men, Scorby and Keeler, who have made off with the other pod for their boss, eccentric plant collector Harrison Chase.

The second pod infects Keeler and he also becomes a Krynoid, rapidly growing to giant proportions. UNIT are called in, and they arrange for the Krynoid to be bombed before it can spread its pods across the Earth.

Contents:

1 x Fourth Doctor action figure

1 x Krynoid action figure

1 x Cutlass accessory

1 x Open Seed Pod accessory

1 x Closed Seed Pod accessory

+  The Seeds of Doom is released on 25th March 2012, priced £24.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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23 January 2012

BBC Worldwide have sent DWO a brand new trailer and accompanying promo text for the forthcoming Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock computer game.

BBC Worldwide are  pleased to announce that our console game Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will launch globally, initially on PS3 and PS Vita via the PlayStation Network in March 2012 with a PC version due shortly after.

This is our first game-play trailer that showcases the monsters in the game. Players will be up against the most feared monsters from the Doctor Who Universe – the Cybermen, Daleks, Silurians and The Silence. Also attached here is the key art for the game.

In the game players will be able to take control of both the Doctor and River Song to unravel the mystery of The Eternity Clock in March 2012. The clock is ticking...

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

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20 January 2012

BBC Books have sent DWO the cover & details for the July release of Dark Horizons by Jenny Colgan.

Dark Horizons

Written by: J.T. Colgan

On a windswept Northern shore, at the very tip of what will one day become Scotland, the islanders believe the worst they have to fear is a Viking attack. Then the burning comes. They cannot run from it. Water will not stop it. It consumes everything in its path - yet the burned still speak. 

The Doctor is just looking for a game on the famous Lewis chess set. Instead he encounters a people under attack from a power they cannot possibly understand. They have no weapons, no strategy and no protection against a fire sent to engulf them all.

Add in some marauding Vikings with very bad timing, a kidnapped princess with a secret of her own and a TARDIS that seems to have developed an inexplicable fear of water, and they all have a battle on their hands. The islanders must take on a ruthless alien force in a world without technology; without communications; without tea that isn't made out of bark. Still at least they have the Doctor on their side... Don't they? 

A thrilling new adventure starring the Doctor, as played by Matt Smith.

+  Dark Horizons is released on 7th July 2012, priced £12.99 (HB).

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: BBC Books]

<mce:script

18 January 2012

Playstation Official News UK has included Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock in their '12 for 2012: PS3 Games to watch out for' feature:

As the longest-running science fiction TV show in the world, Doctor Who will materialise this year on PlayStation 3 in a thrilling adventure game. Featuring a mysterious being known as the Doctor, hostile aliens, Earth-shattering plots and time travel, who wouldn't want to play a Doctor Who game?

Take control of the Timelord and his feisty companion River Song on a journey through space and time where your actions in one era can influence events in another...

The Eternity Clock's Official Twitter account also released 3 new promo images today, which you can view below:

[Sources: BBC Worldwide; Playstation Official News]

<mce:script

6 January 2012

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

The Remembrance of the Daleks Set features Davros (as Dalek Emperor) and a Destroyed Imperial Dalek (as seen in the Classic Series adventure Remembrance of the Daleks).

The TARDIS arrives in London in November 1963, where the Seventh Doctor and Ace discover that two rival factions of Daleks - one loyal to the Dalek Emperor and one to the Dalek Supreme - are seeking the Hand of Omega, a powerful Time Lord device that the first Doctor hid there during an earlier sojourn on Earth.

The Daleks are focusing their search around Coal Hill School - the school that the Doctor's grand-daughter Susan attended - while a human military unit led by Group Captain Gilmore is attempting to resist their incursions. The Imperial Daleks eventually capture the device.

The Dalek Emperor is revealed to be Davros, now with only the last vestiges of his humanoid form remaining. The Doctor begs him not to use the Hand but is ignored. However, this is just the final ruse in a complex trap laid by the Doctor.

The Hand of Omega utterly destroys the Dalek home planet, Skaro, and then returns to destroy their forces orbiting Earth.

Contents:

1 x Dalek Emperor Davros action figure.

1 x Destroyed Imperial Dalek action figure.

+  The Remembrance of the Daleks Set is released on 9th March 2012, priced £29.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

<mce:script

6 January 2012

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

The Attack of the Cybermen Set features Peri and a Rogue Cyberman (as seen in the Classic Series adventure Attack of the Cybermen).

When something disturbs the TARDIS in flight, the Sixth Doctor is determined to find out the reason why. Landing in London, 1985, he and Peri are shocked to find the Cybermen are hiding in London’s sewers!

Becoming their prisoner, the Doctor is forced to take the Cybermen to their home planet, Telos. There he discovers the inhuman monsters have captured another time vessel and plan to change history. They want to redirect Halley’s Comet so it crashes into Earth in 1985 – the year before their original home planet, Mondas, was destroyed.

Perpugilliam Brown, known as Peri, was an eighteen year-old American Botany student holidaying in Lanzarote with her step-father, when the Fifth Doctor and Turlough landed nearby. Turlough rescued Peri when she tried to swim to shore from her uncle’s boat, and took her inside the TARDIS to recover. The TARDIS took off with Peri still on board. Headstrong and argumentative, Peri stayed with the Doctor and helped him through his most difficult regeneration to date. Peri’s fate is unclear.

Contents:

1 x Peri action figure.

1 x Rogue Cyberman action figure (with detachable faceplate).

1 x Cybergun accessory.

+  The Attack of the Cybermen Set is released on 24th February 2012, priced £26.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

<mce:script

16 December 2011

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD release of the Revisitations Box 3.

The Tomb Of The Cybermen: Special Edition

Featuring: Patrick Troughton as The 2nd Doctor

For centuries, the disappearance of the Cybermen from the universe has been a mystery. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive on Telos - once the Cyber home world - just as an Earth expedition uncovers the entrance to a long-lost control centre filled with baffling technology.

Special Features:

•  Morris Barry Introduction - The director's introduction from the 1993 VHS release.

•  Title Sequence - Tests and build-up elements for the Patrick Troughton title sequence.

•  Late Night Line-Up - behind the scenes at the BBC Visual Effects department to interview Jack Kine.

•  The Final End - The Evil of the Daleks is mostly missing from the BBC archives. A small taste of the climactic battle...

•  Abominable Snowmen Audio Trailer

•  Coming Soon Trailer

•  Production Subtitles

•  The Lost Giants - Cast and crew look back on the making of the story.

•  The Curse of the Cybermen's Tomb - Sir Christopher Frayling and Dr Debbie Challis examine the ancient Egyptian origins to the story.

•  Cybermen - Extended Edition - A history of the Cybermen.

•  The Magic of VidFIRE - A look at the technology behind the VidFIRE process.

•  Sky Ray Advert - 1960's Doctor Who themed promo for Walls Sky Ray ice lolly.

•  Photo Gallery

•  Radio Times Listings

The Three Doctors: Special Edition

Featuring: Jon Pertwee as The 3rd Doctor

The Time Lords are in crisis. A powerful force is draining their energy into a mysterious Black Hole - and they must recruit the Doctor to save them. But one Doctor isn't enough for this mission...

Special Features:

•  Commentary

•  Happy Birthday To Who - A brand-new look at the making of this anniversary story.

•  Was Doctor Who Rubbish? - Raising a defence against criticism of the classic series.

•  Girls, Girls, Girls - The 1970s Katy Manning, Caroline John (Liz Shaw) and Louise Jameson (Leela) on being a 1970s Doctor Who girl.

•  Pebble Mill At One - Archival interview with the second Doctor Patrick Troughton and visual effects wizard Bernard Wilkie.

•  Blue Peter Jon Pertwee introduces the Whomobile.

•  BSB Highlights Cast and crew discuss The Three Doctors

•  The Five Faces Of Doctor Who - The full trailer for the 1981 repeat season which included The Three Doctors.

•  BBC1 Trailer

•  40th Anniversary Trailer

•  Radio Times listings

•  Production Subtitles

•  Photo Gallery

•  Coming Soon Trailer

•  Digitally remastered picture and sound

The Robots Of Death: Special Edition

Featuring: Tom Baker as The 4th Doctor

The TARDIS, carrying the Doctor and his new companion Leela, arrives aboard a huge sandminer on a deserted world. The small human crew rely almost entirely on robots to carry out their every task and whim while they mine the planet's rich minerals.

Special Features:

•  Commentary 1 - Original release commentary.

•  Commentary 2 - New commentary with actors Tom Baker (the Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela) and Pamela Salem (Toos), and director Michael E Briant.

•  The Sandmine Murders - Cast and crew look back at the making of the story.

•  Robophobia - Toby Hadoke takes a humorous look at the history of robots.

•  Studio Sound - Example of a studio scene before the robot voice effects were added.

•  Model Shots Black and white time-coded recording of the original model insert film.

•  Studio Floor Plan - Interactive view of the studio layout via the original floor plan drawings.

•  Continuity - Off-air continuity for the first episode's original transmission plus mute continuity slide.

•  Radio Times listings

•  Programme subtitles

•  Production information subtitles

•  Photo gallery

•  Coming soon trailer

•  Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

+  Revisitations Box 3 is released on 13th February 2012, priced £35.75.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

+  Rent the Revisitations box set at LOVEFiLM today, LOVEFiLM have a fantastic range of Doctor Who DVDs in stock now!

[Source: 2|Entertain]

16 December 2011

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD release of The Daemons.

The Daemons

Featuring: Jon Pertwee as The 3rd Doctor

In the peaceful village of Devil's End something very strange is happening. A professor is preparing to open a nearby burial mound and a local white has foresees death and disaster. Meanwhile, the new vicar looks suspiciously like the Master and he is using black magic to conjure up an ancient Dæmon.

Can the Doctor, Jo and UNIT stop their old enemy before he succeeds?

Special Features:

•  Commentary

•  The Devil Rides Out Cast and crew talk about the making of the story.

•  Remembering Barry Letts A look at the life and work of Barry Letts.

•  Location Film A mute amateur 8mm film shot in the village of Aldbourne during the location filming.

•  Colourisation Test The original colourisation test version of episode one from 1992.

•  Tomorrow's World An article on the technology used in the restoration.

•  Radio Times listings

•  Programme subtitles

•  Production information subtitles

•  Photo gallery

•  Coming soon trailer

•  Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

+  The Daemons is released on 26th March 2012, priced £20.42.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

16 December 2011

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD release of The Face Of Evil.

The Face Of Evil

Featuring: Tom Baker as The 4th Doctor

When the Tardis arrives on a jungle planet, the Doctor encounters two warring tribes, the Sevateem and the Tesh. The Sevateem worship a god called Xoanon and the Tesh are supposedly keeping Xoanon prisoner...

But why do the Sevateem call the Doctor the Evil One? And what are the invisible creatures in the jungle? The Time Lord, with the help of a girl called Leela, is about to find out.

Special Features:

•  Commentary

•  Into the Wild Cast and crew talk about the making of The Face of Evil.

•  From the Cutting Room Floor Film trims provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the film shoot.

•  Tomorrow's Times - The Fourth Doctor A look at press coverage of Doctor Who during the Tom Baker era.

•  Doctor Who Stories: Louise Jameson talks about her role on the programme in this interview shot for 2003's The Story of Doctor Who.

•  Swap Shop An extract from Louise Jameson's appearance on The Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, interviewed by Noel Edmonds.

•  Denys Fisher Toys Advert

•  1976 Typhoo Tea Doctor Who Promotion

•  Radio Times listingsProgramme subtitles

•  Production information subtitles

•  Photo gallery

•  Coming soon trailer

•  Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

+  The Face Of Evil is released on 5th March 2012, priced £20.42.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

16 December 2011

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD release of U.N.I.T Files.

The Third Doctor faces ravenous prehistoric monsters in deserted London, while the Fourth Doctor battles robot duplicates in a strange village – but are the forces of UNIT friends or foes? Find out in these classic adventures!

Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Featuring: Jon Pertwee as The 3rd Doctor

Returning to London the Doctor and Sarah find a city almost completely devoid of life. The civilian population has been evacuated in the wake of an unimaginable event: somehow Dinosaurs have returned to terrorise the Earth. 

Special Features:

•  Commentary 

•  People, Power and Puppetry - Cast and crew look back on the making of this story 

•  Billy Smart’s Circus - featuring Jon Pertwee 

•  Deleted Scenes 

•  Now and Then Returning to the filmed locations

•  Photo Gallery 

•  Easter Egg - Seek, locate and discover what happens when the Doctor meets the dreaded Floor Manager…

•  Production Information 

•  Subtitles

•  Coming Soon Trailer

•  Radio Times Listings Programme Subtitles

•  Digitally remastered picture and sound quality with Episode 1 in monochrome, and Episodes 2-6 in colour

The Android Invasion

Featuring: Tom Baker as The 4th Doctor

When the TARDIS lands in the sleepy English village of Devesham, Sarah thinks the Doctor has finally got her back home. But all is not as it seems…

Special Features:

•  Commentary 

•  The Village That Came to Life - Cast, crew and local residents look back at the making of the story, in this documentary presented on location by Nicholas Briggs. 

•  Life After Who – Celina Hinchcliffe takes her father Philip on a trip down memory lane to recall his distinguished career in British television and film. 

•  Photo Gallery 

•  Weetabix Advert - TV advert for a Doctor Who themed promotion for this breakfast cereal. 

•  Easter Egg - A ¼” location sound rushes recording of some of the story’s scenes being performed. 

•  Coming Soon Trailer

•  Radio Times Listings 

•  Programme subtitles & subtitle production notes

+  U.N.I.T Files is released on 9th January 2012, priced £30.63.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

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