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26 August 2011

Our friends over at the Doctor Who Appreciation Society have been in touch with details of a fantastic Signed DVD offer for the upcoming release of Day of the Daleks.

The free-to-enter launch event for this new DVD on 4th September has been full for some time. However, if you could not get a ticket, or could not make the event, you can pre-order a copy of the DVD signed by guests Katy Manning and Richard Franklin.

There is no extra charge for the signed copy which should be delivered for the release date (currently 12th September). 

To order a signed DVD (by post or online) and for more more information about the screening and the DVD release itself, please visit the Doctor Who Appreciation Society at www.dwasonline.co.uk and choose the ‘Day of the Daleks’ link. This offer is open to everyone. 

[Source: DWAS]

3 August 2011

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD release of Colony in Space.

Colony in Space

Featuring: Jon Pertwee as The 3rd Doctor

The Time Lords discover that the Master has stolen their secret file on the Doomsday Weapon and decide to send the Doctor to retrieve it for them.

The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Jo to the desolate planet Uxarieus in the year 2472. There they become involved in a dispute between some beleaguered colonists and the crew of an Interplanetary Mining Corporation (IMC) spaceship over the ownership rights to the planet. 

The Doctor learns that the indigenous Primitives and their High Priests worship a large machine tended by a creature called the Guardian. 

Special Features:

•  Commentaries with cast and crew

•  Documentaries 

•  Photo Gallery

•  Coming Soon Trailer

•  PDF Material & Production Information Subtitles

•  Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

+  Colony in Space is released on 3rd October 2011, priced £20.42.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

3 August 2011

AudioGO have sent DWO the cover and details for the forthcoming Doctor Who CD release of Blackout.

It's November 9th, 1965. New York City is plunged into darkness, a taxi driver has bad dreams, and an invisible spacecraft hovers ominously above the skyline.

As an extra-terrestrial disease sweeps the populace, Amy and Rory must sabotage the city's water supply to slow the spread of infection, and a dying Doctor holds another man's life in his hands.

With death toll rising, and his companions stalked through the streets by alien businessmen, the Doctor is forced to make a terrible decision. How far must he go to save his friends?

This title is read by Stuart Milligan.

+  Blackout is released on 8th September 2011, priced £10.20.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: AudioGO]

26 July 2011

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

The River Song Pandorica Set features River Song (complete with gun accessory) with the Pandorica Chair (as seen in 5.12: The Pandorica Opens & 5.13: The Big Bang).

Of all the people who have travelled or will travel with the Doctor, River Song is the most enigmatic of them all. She always seems to be one step ahead of the Doctor, even when he’s in her past. Nobody has been able to figure out how River knows the Doctor so well, although there have been plenty of guesses! Although River is a force to be reckoned with, she sometimes needs the Doctor’s help – whether it’s against the Vashta Nerada or the Weeping Angels, or any of the other foes they have faced, or even will face in future. Confused? It will all become clear... one day...

Legend has it that the Pandorica is a prison, a cage to contain the most feared warrior in the universe. But it’s all a lie – the Pandorica is a box created to contain just one person – the Doctor. When his TARDIS exploded, all parts of time and space were wiped out, never having existed. The massed armies of all the Doctor’s foes – Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans and others banded together and created the legends of the Pandorica, and then locked him inside it. But the Pandorica energy was a restorative, it could bring things back to life, and the Doctor piloted the Pandorica into the heart of his exploding TARDIS and set off Big Bang 2, rebooting the entire universe.

+  The River Song Pandorica Set is released on 22nd August 2011, priced £22.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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22 July 2011

Character Options have released details and an image for the TARDIS Console Room Mega Set by Character Building.

TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space and looks just like a wooden Police phone box from the 1950’s on the outside, but is of infinite proportions on the inside. 

This incredible time machine is piloted by The Doctor, a mysterious Time Lord and it’s able to transport him anywhere through time and space, disappearing in one place and reappearing somewhere new.

Amy Pond waited fourteen years for her chance to travel with the Doctor, after meeting him when she was seven years old. Despite her small-town roots, Amy takes everything in her stride and quickly became the Doctor’s best friend.

Now you can build the Eleventh Doctors iconic vehicle with this highly detailed construction playset that features TARDIS interior console room and exterior with alien world landscape.

Set also includes four Doctor who micro-figures! The Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams and River Song.

+  The Cyberman Conversion Chamber Mini Set is released on 21st August 2011, priced £39.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Character Options]

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21 July 2011

BBC Books have been in touch with DWO to let us know about an exciting new Classic Series Book title for 2013, titled Harvest of Time.

BBC Books is delighted to announce that Alastair Reynolds, the bestselling author of the Revelation Space series, will be writing a novel for the Doctor Who list, entitled Harvest of Time.

Harvest of Time will feature the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee and will be the first all-new adventure for a Past Doctor that BBC Books has published since the show’s return in 2005. A novel set on both 20th century Earth and far into the future, it will have the Doctor battling his arch-nemesis, The Master, to save the universe – and facing the ultimate moral crisis. 

BBC Books editorial director Albert DePetrillo commented, ‘We’ve been carefully planning our venture into Doctor Who’s past for a while now, first with our reissues of six of the Target novelisations, then our novelisation of Shada in 2012. The next step is all-original adventures with past Doctors, and we knew we needed to publish those in a special way. I’m absolutely delighted that Alastair can be part of that plan. He is simply one of the best science fiction writers around, and we’re thrilled to have him contributing to the Doctor Who list.’

Alastair Reynolds commented, ‘Doctor Who has been a big part of my life for forty years. To put things into perspective, when I was little I did not want to go round to another boy's house because he had Dalek wallpaper, a concept I found unspeakably terrifying. I am delighted and honored to have the chance to write a novel featuring not only one of my favorite Doctors, but the single greatest villain ever imagined:  The Master.’

Alastair Reynolds is an award-winning author of science fiction, including the novels Revelation Space (shortlisted for the British Science Fiction and Arthur C Clarke awards), Chasm City (winner of the British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel), and House of Suns. He received a PhD in Astronomy from St Andrews in Scotland and worked as a scientist for the European Space Agency for twelve years before devoting himself to writing full time. He lives in Wales.

+  Harvest of Time will be published in 2013 as hardback, priced £16.99.

[Source: BBC Books]

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21 July 2011

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

The Leela 'Face of Evil' Action Figure features the charactr from her Classic Series debut in The Face of Evil.

The TARDIS arrives on a planet where a savage tribe called the Sevateem worship a god called Xoanon. The Fourth Doctor discovers that Xoanon is in fact a spaceship computer that he tried to repair at some point in his past and inadvertently drove mad by giving it a multiple personality.

It is tended to by another tribe of humanoids, the ascetic Tesh. These are the descendants of the ship's original technicians, while the Sevateem are the descendants of the original survey team. The Doctor, with the help of a Sevateem girl called Leela, manages to gain access to the ship and wipe the additional personalities from the computer, leaving it sane and in proper control once more. 

Leela, deciding that she no longer wants to stay on her own planet, pushes her way on board the TARDIS. The Doctor has gained another companion.

+  The Leela 'Face of Evil' Action Figure is released on 12th August 2011, priced £16.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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16 July 2011

Character Options have released details and an image for the Cyberman Conversion Chamber Mini Set by Character Building.

Cold, emotionless figures, encased in steel suits, their original insanity stripped away and replaced by machinery and computers. No sense of hot or cold, fear or pride, love or hate. The Cybermen just exist to convert everyone to their way.

Highly detailed Cyberman construction playset featuring swivelling cyber-conversion machine arm and moveable conversion bed with restraining arms. Set includes one Space Captain and one Cyberman micro-figure. For ages 5 years and over.

+  The Cyberman Conversion Chamber Mini Set is released on 12th August 2011, priced £19.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Character Options]

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16 July 2011

Character Options have released details and an image for the Dalek Factory Mini Set by Character Building.

The Daleks are building their armies ready to return to Earth to battle the Doctor and reign supreme!

Highly detailed Dalek construction playset featuring swivelling Dalek factory machine arm, moveable conveyor belt, control panels and rejected parts bin! Set includes one Dalek Drone and one Dalek Scientist micro-figure. For ages 6 years and over.

+  The Dalek Factory Mini Set is released on 12th August 2011, priced £29.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Character Options]

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9 June 2011

Character Options have released details and an image for a rather fun Doctor Who Toy product; The Flesh Goo Pod.

Have lots of gooey fun with the fantastically slimy TARDIS shaped Doctor Who Goo Pod. Filled with lots of slimy goo you will also find random ‘The Flesh’ parts hidden inside for double the fun! 5+.

+  The Flesh Goo Pod is released July 2011, priced £6.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Character Options]

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6 June 2011

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

Paradise Towers

Featuring: Sylvester McCoy as The 7th Doctor

Mel wants to go swimming and, as the TARDIS pool has been jettisoned due to a leak, Paradise Towers seems to fit the bill. However, when she and the Doctor arrive, instead of the bright squares and charming cloisters the brochure promised, they find dark, rat-infested corridors full of uncontrollable cleaning machines, undisciplined street gangs and over-worked and belligerent caretakers. Some of the residents seem to be disappearing in mysterious circumstances, too.

What has caused such terrible decay? How could such perfect accommodation have become so rundown and dangerous? And why do the street-wise Kangs, apathetic caretakers, sinister Rezzies and Pex – the self-appointed warrior who puts the world of Paradise Towers to rights – all fear whatever terrible force dwells in the basement? Only the unpredictable Chief Caretaker knows what is down there – and the real secret behind the disappearances…

Special Features:

• Commentary – with actress Judy Cornwell, writer Stephen Wyatt, special sounds supervisor Dick Mills and moderated by Mark Ayres.

• Horror on the High Rise – Doctor Who composer Mark Ayres presents a look at the making of Paradise Towers. With actors Richard Briers, Howard Cooke and Catherine Cusack, writer Stephen Wyatt, script editor Andrew Cartmel, original score composer David Snell and replacement score composer Keff McCulloch.

• Deleted and Extended Scenes – deleted and extended scenes from the first edit of the story.

• Continuity – continuity announcements from the story’s original transmission.

• Girls! Girls! Girls! – The Eighties – three actresses who played companions in the 1980s – Sophie Aldred, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton – discuss the trials and tribulations of being a Doctor Who girl. Introduced by Peter Purves.

• Casting Sylvester – Jigsaw producer Clive Doig explains his relationship with Sylvester McCoy and his role in the actor’s casting as the Seventh Doctor.

• Photo Gallery – production, design and publicity photos from the story.

• Coming Soon – a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.

• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.

• Programme subtitles.

• Subtitle Production Notes.

+  Paradise Towers is released on 18th July 2011, priced £20.42.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

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[Source: 2|Entertain]

2 June 2011

2|Entertain have confirmed via their @classicdw Twitter feed, that the missing episodes for the upcoming The Reign of Terror DVD release will be animated.

The news will be hugely welcomed from fans who have petitioned and indeed championed for further animated, missing episodes, since the popular release of The Invasion DVD in 2006. Big Finish's Thetamation have been confirmed as the animation parters.

2|Entertain's Commissioning Editor, Dan Hall, also uploaded an early test graphic [pictured right], representing how the animation will look.

It is yet to be confirmed whether any more missing episodes will be animated for other forthcoming releases.

+  Post 2|Entertain's Commissioning Editor, Dan Hall, a question in the DWO Forums.

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[Source: 2|Entertain]

31 May 2011

Radio Times have launched another issue of their popular magazine, sporting a Doctor Who cover, this time to promote the 2011 Mid-season finale.

In this week’s Radio Times – on sale today – when asked if the Doctor will face his most dastardly opponents again, Steven Moffat says:

“Oh yes, the Daleks. Actually, they aren’t going to make an appearance for a while.” What? “Yes, we thought it was about time to give them a rest. There’s a problem with the Daleks.” How come? I thought they were invincible. “They are the most famous of the Doctor’s adversaries and the most frequent,” explains Moffat. “Which means they are the most reliably defeatable enemies in the universe. They have been defeated by the Doctor about 400 times. Surely they should just see the Tardis approaching, say, ‘Oh. It’s him again’, and trudge away.”

+  Radio Times is out Today, priced £1.20.

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

[Source: Radio Times]

22 May 2011

Half Moon Bay and PulpShop have released their tie-in merchandise for 6.5: The Rebel Flesh.

The merchandise range includes T-Shirts, Folder Bags and Mugs which you can view / purchase below:


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+  T-Shirts: £16.99 each. Folder Bags: £24.99 each. Mugs: £5.99 each.

+  Order Now from PulpShop.

[Source: PulpShop]

19 May 2011

AudioGO have sent DWO the cover and details for the forthcoming CD release of The Eye of the Jungle.

The 11th Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves embroiled in an adventure in the Amazon Rainforest, in this exciting original story.

It’s the early 1800s, and a pioneering naturalist is keen to capture a jaguar for London’s new zoological gardens. But soon the hunter has become the hunted, and a far higher grade of species has plans to prey on the human race...

+  The Eye Of The Jungle is released on 7th July 2011, priced £9.25.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: AudioGO]

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