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13 May 2011

Doctor Who Star, Matt Smith, recently got to grips with the Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time game for iPhone and iPad.

The BBC have released a video of Matt (who is clearly impressed), playing the game.

In the latest update to the game, there are brand new levels, including The Weeping Angels, as well as a new level creator.

+  Download The Mazes of Time app from the App Store.

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

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6 May 2011

Forbidden Planet have teamed up with Mego to produce a new range of Exclusive Doctor Who Dolls.

There are currently 4 dolls in the range which are exclusive to Forbidden Planet, and will be sold in pairs:

The 4th Doctor & Sontaran Major Styre

Cyber Leader & The Master

+  The Doctor Who Dolls range are released on 30th August 2011, priced £19.99 a pair.

+  Buy Now from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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5 May 2011

BBC Magazines has today launched the Doctor Who Monster Invasion Magazine Trading Card partwork.

Start collecting the awesome new Doctor Who Monster Invasion and build up a mega-monster magazine and cool trading card collection.

Every issue comes with a pack of nine trading cards and is bursting with cool alien facts, monster slamdowns and puzzles! Learn how to play brilliant games with your cards and how to use them on the Doctor Who Monster Invasion website, to bring your 3-D cards to life and unlock brilliant game bonuses!

This new partwork launches today, so order now and be one of the first to receive it! PLUS receive a FREE TARDIS box with issues 2&3.

+  Subscribe now via the Doctor Who Monster Invasion website.

+  Fill in the blanks with your collection at CompareTheDalek.com.

+  Discuss the Monster Invasion Trading Card series in the DWO Forums.

[Source: BBC Magazines]

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3 May 2011

it was bound to happen sooner or later...At last you can now play Doctor Who Monopoly.

The board game, which is limited to just 5000 sets, features all your favourite heroes, villains, monsters, planets and places from the worlds of Doctor Who.

The game will be available to buy from 31st August 2011, priced £29.99, but our friends at Forbidden Planet are currently offering it for the discounted price of just £26.99.

+  Preorder Doctor Who Monopoly for just £26.99 from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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1 May 2011

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

The 4th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver is an electronic version of the Fourth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver with 2 sounds and spring loaded sound activation.

The Sonic Screwdriver is a versatile tool and defensive device first used by the Doctor in his second incarnation for opening up hatches, panels and controls. 

Later uses included cutting through wall sections and even as a conventional screwdriver.  During the Fourth Doctor's reign, he remade yet another similar style of Sonic Screwdriver but with many more features and functions including micro soldering of circuitry, cutting wires and bulkheads and even detonating Dalek explosives.

+  The 4th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver is Out Now, priced £19.99.

+  Buy Now from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

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27 April 2011

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD box-set release of EarthStory.

The Gunfighters

Take a trip to the Wild West in The Gunfighters, when the TARDIS arrives in Tombstone, Arizona in 1881. The Doctor, suffering from toothache, seeks out the local dentist - the notorious Doc Holliday.

Tensions are running high between the feuding Clanton family and Doc Holliday, whilst the local lawman, Wyatt Earp, struggles to keep the peace. When legendary gunman Johnny Ringo comes to town, events start to escalate. 

Can the Doctor, Steven and Do do do anything to stop the situation getting any worse? Or will there be a gunfight at the OK Corral?

Special Features:

• Commentary - with actors Peter Purves, Shane Rimmer, David Graham and Richard Beale, production assistant Tristan de Vere Cole and moderator Toby Hadoke.

• The End of the Line – After two years on the screen, Doctor Who had become a television phenomenon, regularly reaching an audience of ten million viewers. But with a change of producer and script editor and the looming prospect of losing the lead actor, the programme’s third year was the one that would make or break it… With actors Maureen O’Brien, Anneke Wills and Peter Purves, script editor Donald Tosh, new series writer Gareth Roberts and long time Doctor Who viewer Ian Levine.

• Tomorrow’s Times – The First Doctor – looking at the newspaper coverage of Doctor Who during the programme’s opening years. Presented by Mary Tamm.

• Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story, set to the entirety of ‘The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon’.

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

• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.

• Programme subtitles.

• Subtitle Production Notes.

The Awakening

The TARDIS has brought the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough to the picture postcard English village of Little Hodcome. Tegan has come to visit her grandfather - well known local historian Andrew Verny - but he seems to be missing.

The residents of Little Hodcombe, led by the obsessive Sir George Hutchinson, are playing a vicious war game - an exact recreation of a battle of the English Civil War fought there in 1643.

As each of the TARDIS crew witnesses a terrifying apparition from the past, the Doctor realises that he faces a far greater menace than the unstable Hutchinson. An ancient and alien force for evil is at work - one which will glory in the slaughter of them all...

Special Features:

• Commentary - with actor Michael Owen Morris and script editor Eric Saward, moderated by Toby Hadoke.

• Return to Little Hodcombe – Director Michael Owen, actors Janet Fielding and Keith Jayne and script editor Eric Saward return to the three villages that played host to the locations for ‘The Awakening’, and along with locals they reminisce about a memorable shoot…

• Making the Malus – visual effects designer Tony Harding and modelmaker Richard Gregory are reunited with the Malus prop they built for the story. Current owner Paul Burrows is on hand to describe the reality of living with a giant stone monster on the lounge wall…

• Now & Then – the latest in the ongoing series visits the villages of Martin, Shapwick and Tarrant Monkton to compare the locations used in the story with how they appear today.

• From the Cutting Room Floor – extended and deleted scenes from a timecoded VHS of the original edit and unedited film sequences, plus location action from the film rushes.

• The Golden Egg Awards – the inadvertent destruction of a prop lychgate by a horse was the winner of The Late Late Breakfast Show’s Golden Egg Award. Peter Davison is on hand to collect the trophy from host Noel Edmonds.

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

• Isolated Music – option to view the story with the isolated music score.

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

• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.

• Programme subtitles.

• Subtitle Production Notes.

+  The EarthStory Box-set is released on 20th June 2011, priced £30.63.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

22 April 2011

Tom Baker's Big Finish debut is underway!

Recording commenced at 10am on Friday 22nd April on Big Finish’s The Fourth Doctor Adventures, starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson.

The first six-part audio series debuts on CD and download in January 2012, and pre-orders are already available at www.bigfinish.com.

Big Finish have sent DWO a photo [pictured right] showing Tom and Louise enjoying the Easter sun before recording commenced with Scene 2, INT TARDIS with the Doctor and Leela.

(And yes, it’s the wooden console room...)

[Source: Big Finish]

16 April 2011

2|Entertain's @classicdw Twitter feed is running an exciting opportunity for fans to feature on upcoming DVD commentaries!

Simply record your question along with your name and where you're from (city / town only - no addresses!), and upload it to this group: http://me.lt/1o0L6 

Th 2|Entertain team will pick their favourites and feature them in upcoming commentary recordings. The ACTUAL RECORDINGS! Hear your voice on a DVD!

Entrants must by over 18. Please ensure you speak slowly and clearly. 

The stories 2|Entertain are asking for your questions on are The Happiness Patrol, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy and Dragonfire. Get thinking! Submissions close 22nd April 2011. Good luck!

[Source: 2|Entertain]

1 April 2011

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the 30th May Doctor Who DVD release of Frontios.

As a strange force takes hold of the TARDIS, the Doctor and his friends find themselves grounded on the inhospitable planet of Frontios, where the last survivors of the human race sc ratch out a desperate existence far away from their long dead home planet.

The colonists are gripped by fear and paranoia as the planet is battered by attacks from space and they watch as the bodies of their dead are sucked into the ground. But the Doctor only appreciates the true gravity of the situation when he finds that the TARDIS has been destroyed...

Special Features:

• Commentary - With actors Peter Davison, Jeff Rawle and John Gillett, script editor Eric Saward and special sounds designer Dick Mills.

• Driven to Distractation – cast and crew look back at the making of ‘Frontios’. With actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Jeff Rawle and John Gillett, script editors Christopher H. Bidmead and Eric Saward, and designer David Buckingham. Narrated by Paul Jones.

• Deleted and Extended Scenes – a chance to see scenes that were cut during editing, many of which are presented before post-production effects had been added.

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

• Isolated Music – option to watch the episodes with the isolated music score.

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

• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.

• Programme subtitles.

• Subtitle Production Notes.

+  Frontios is released on 30th May 2011, priced £20.42.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

31 March 2011

AudioGO have sent DWO the cover and details for the forthcoming CD release of The Stones of Blood.

From the pen of the original script writer David Fisher, "The Stones of Blood" is set in 20th Century Dorset, where the ancient Cailleach has exerted her powers throughout the ages.

The Doctor, Romana and K9 team up with Professor Amelia Rumford and her friend Vivian Fay in their search for a powerful artefact...

This is a brand new audio novelisation of a classic Doctor Who TV adventure, which starred Tom Baker as the Doctor.

+  The Stones of Blood is released on 5th May 2011, priced £13.25.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: AudioGO]

31 March 2011

BBC America have sent DWO the cover and details for the 9th August 2011, Region 1 Doctor Who DVD release of Paradise Towers.

Mel wants to go swimming so the Doctor takes her to a tower block called Paradise Towers where there is reputed to be a fantastic pool. When they arrive they discover that the place is far from being the superb leisure resort they had expected - it is run-down and dilapidated.

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary

• Horror on the High Rise

• Casting Sylvester

• Deleted and Extended Scenes 

• Continuity

• Girls! Girls! Girls! - The Eighties 

• Photo Gallery 

• PDF materials: Radio Times Listings

• Production Note Subtitles 

• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

+  Paradise Towers is released on 9th August 2011, priced $24.98 (USA) / $26.98 (Canada).

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: BBC America]

30 March 2011

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the 9th May Doctor Who DVD Box-set release of Mannequin Mania.

Spearhead from Space

The Doctor is exiled to Earth in the late 20th Century by his own people - the Time Lords. The newly regenerated Doctor finds himself in Oxley Woods alongside a shower of mysterious meteorites.

Investigating these unusual occurrences is the newly-formed United Nations Intelligence Taskfoce led by Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. UNIT are soon called into action when people and meteorites start going missing but puzzling of all is the attempted kidnapping of a strange hospital patient - a man with two hearts, who insists that he knows the Brigadier... The new Doctor soon joins forces with his old friends, UNIT and the recently recruited Dr Liz Shaw, but time is running out.

Special Features:

•  Two Commentaries – One with actors Caroline John and Nicholas Courtney and another with producer Derrick Sherwin and script editor Terrance Dicks.

•  Down to Earth – Cast and crew look back at the making of this story and how a strike at the BBC studios inadvertently created the only classic series story to be made entirely on film. With actor Jon Pertwee, producers Derrick Sherwin and Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, costume designer Christine Rawlins and assistant script editor (and inadvertent Auton actor) Robin Squire. Narrated by Carl Kennedy.

•  Regenerations - From Black and White to Colour – ‘Spearhead from Space’ marked not only the arrival of a new Doctor but also the transition from black and white to colour. This documentary looks at the challenges faced by programme makers during this period. With actors Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury, producer Derrick Sherwin, script editor Terrance Dicks, directors Timothy Combe, Christopher Barry and Michael Ferguson, designer Roger Cheveley and graphic designer Bernard Lodge.

•  UNIT Recruitment Film (dur. 4’ 48”) – a spoof army recruitment film put together for BBC transmission during Doctor Who’s 30th anniversary celebrations in 1993.

•  Trailers – two trailers for the 1999 BBC2 transmission of the story and for ‘Doctor Who Night’from the same year.
•  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.

Terror of the Autons

Earth is in terrible danger. The Master has arrived with an evil scheme to destroy humanity and silence the Doctor forever by awakening the awesome power of the Nestene - a ruthlessly aggressive alien life form. With their control over all types of plastic, they form into faceless automatons, a willing army of destruction easily controlled by the evil Time Lord himself.

Aided by the Brigadier and his enthusiastic new assistant, Jo Grant, only the Doctor can combat their evil power, but this is easier said than done when every plastic doll, phone flex, or chair can be turned against him. First, however, he must defeat the Master.

Special Features:

•  Commentary - With actors Katy Manning and Nicolas Courtney, producer Barry Letts.

•  Life on Earth – In this documentary, cast and crew look back at the making of the story and the differences in the way Doctor Who was made in the seventies compared to now. With actors Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning and Richard Franklin, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and new series producer Phil Collinson.

•  The Doctor’s Moriarty– with the introduction of the Master, the Doctor now had his very own Moriarty, who would be the dark figure behind every story in season eight, and many more beyond that. This featurette discusses the enduring appeal of the character. With actor Katy Manning, producer Barry Letts, script editors Terrance Dicks and Christopher H Bidmead and writers Robert Shearman and Joe Lidster.

•  Plastic Fantastic – how did the writers of Doctor Who and other programmes take something as everyday as plastic and turn it against us? With writers Francesca Gavin, Robert Shearman and new series designer Matthew Savage.

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

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

•  Radio Times Listings and promotional material for Sugar Smacks and Nestle products in Adobe PDF format.

+  Mannequin Mania is released on 9th May 2011, priced £30.63.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: 2|Entertain]

28 March 2011

BBC America have sent DWO the cover and details for the 12th July 2011, Region 1 Doctor Who DVD release of The Gunfighters.

Tombstone, Arizona, 1881. The air is filled with the sounds of shooting, cussing, and toe-tapping tunes knocked out on the battered piano at the Last Chance Saloon. And then there is something less familiar: the wheezing, groaning sound of a Police Box materializing.

The Doctor and his companions aren't the only newcomers in town. The Clanton brothers have ridden in to settle a grudge with Doc Holliday, the notorious gambler, drinker, and dentist. In the Wild West, tempers are short, guns are swift, and a moment's hesitation on the draw can mean death.

Special Features:

•  Audio Commentary

•  The End of the Line

•  Tomorrow's Times

•  Photo Gallery

•  PDF materials: Radio Times Listings

•  Production Notes Subtitle Option

+  The Gunfighters is released on 12th July 2011, priced $24.98 (USA) / $26.98 (Canada).

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: BBC America]

28 March 2011

BBC America have sent DWO the cover and details for the 12th July 2011, Region 1 Doctor Who DVD release of The Awakening.

Little Hodcombe, 1984. The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough arrive in a small English village, looking forward to spending some time with Tegan .js" type="text/javascript"> 's grandfather. They soon discover that all is not well - Tegan's grandfather is missing and the locals are reenacting dangerous war games from 1643.

With the past mixed up with the present, can the Doctor stop the games before an evil entity hidden in the village church awakens?

Special Features:

•  Audio Commentary 

•  Return to Little Hodcombe 

•  Making the Malus 

•  Now and Then

•  Extended and deleted scene s

•  The Golden Egg Awards

•  Photo Gallery (8 mins)

•  PDF materials: Radio Times Listings

•  Production Note Subtitles 

•  Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

+  The Awakening is released on 12th July 2011, priced $14.98 (USA) / $15.98 (Canada).

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: BBC America]

22 March 2011

BBC Books are delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of a novelisation of the great ‘lost’ Doctor Who serial Shada.

Shada retells an adventure that never made it to the screen. Production of the planned finale to the 1979-1980 season of Doctor Who was halted part-way through due to industrial action at the BBC, and the story was never completed.

Now, drawing on drafts of the script and production notes as well as original designs and the material that was completed, prolific Doctor Who TV script writer Gareth Roberts tells this unique story, featuring Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor, in full for the first time.

Published with the full support of the Estate of Douglas Adams and Adams' agent Ed Victor at Ed Victor Ltd, Shada will be the first ever novelisation of Douglas Adams's work on Doctor Who.   

+  Shada will be released in March 2012 as a hardback, priced £16.99.

[Source: BBC Books]

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