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Welcome to the News & Reviews section here at Doctor Who Online! This is where you will find all the latest Doctor Who related news and reviews split up into easy to use sections - each section is colour coded for your convenience. The latest items can be found at the top, and older items follow down the page.

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23 December 2013

DWO are thrilled to unveil our Christmas video for 2013, and this year it is particularly special as we team up with fellow fan site, Blogtor Who!

Featuring DWO Editor, Seb J. Brook, and Blogtor Who Editor, Cameron K. McEwan, the 2013 Christmas video is the result of a simple challenge the two sites set themselves:

Film a Doctor Who themed video in just 1 hour with 1 iPhone, with just 20 minutes to work on a script!

So as a bit of fun for all our site visitors and social media followers, we present below, 'The Embargo Of The Doctor':

Synopsis:

Having received a time-sensitive press release, Seb (Doctor Who Online) and Cameron (Blogtor Who) are summoned to the National Gallery in London to acquire the airtime of the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special.

With a refusal of permission to gain entry, and time literally against them, the duo must work together to save internet fandom from meltdown.


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[Source: DWO]

17 November 2013

After the hugely popular reaction to the recent minisode, DWO caught up with The 8th Doctor, Paul McGann, for an exclusive video interview.

Speaking to DWO Editor, Seb J. Brook, Paul talks about The Night Of The Doctor, keeping secrets, future appearances, his costume and more!

Below is a transcript of the interview, and you can watch the video itself at the bottom:

Obviously it’s great to see you back on our screens again, how hard was it keeping it a secret?

That was tough, keeping it a secret! What’s actually slightly disappointing is when you realise you can’t keep a secret now. And you know it should have gone out next week, but they had to put it out this week because someone was about to put it out.

When did you film it?

We shot it in May.

That’s a long time to keep a secret!

Yeh, it wasn’t easy. I mean a couple of mates knew - family knew, and I’m pretty good at keeping a secret, but of course so many people work on something, you know, technicians and everybody else, and publicity people, you know, I’m not pointing the finger, except I’m saying, somewhere along the line, someone couldn’t resist pressing send.

A couple of days ago we were seeing still pictures from the episode going out before it had gone out, so Steven Moffat presumably thought “I’ve gotta do something”, so we released it.

But it all worked out ok in the end, didn’t it?

All’s well that ends well! But also, I was getting tweets back in July, and there were people saying things that they could only have known - so you can’t keep a secret!

Well one of the big questions we’re getting at the moment is that it’s been even more popular that even the fans thought it would be. It had everything they wanted for the past 6 years of Doctor Who stories in about 6 minutes…

…Well yeh and also, I suppose, it reconciled a narrative gap.

It did, yeh, definitely, but this is the thing, people are wanting more now…

…people are always want more! There are people here today saying “when are you gonna do a series”

Well that’s the thing, they want to know if you were offered to do a mini series would you do a mini series? 

Well, it’s like with the mini episode - if they send you the script and it’s good, you’ll do it. So, you know, these things are only as good as the material. So the real question is if the material was good enough and if you were available, you’d do it - cos it’s a Who!

Now you just had a birthday didn’t you?

On that day!

On that day! I mean, what a great present?!

So I regard it as Steven Moffat’s birthday present to me!

That’s great! So I imagine we’re going to have an action figure of you now in your new attire!

That costume in the mini episode, I think looks cool. Proper Time Lord!

It was an evolution of the one you had on-screen in the 1996 TV Movie.

Yeh…distressed, as they used to say in retail! Yeh, yeh, distressed! Yeh, it looked good, I thought.

Fans are saying the way you picked up The Doctor was seamless, you’ve evolved since doing the Big Finish stuff and it’s almost as if we’ve had three series of you on screen anyway because your Doctor has evolved through the audios.

Well I think that’s fair. Since doing the Big Finish’s, of course, I’ve been in it, I’ve still been part of things, so in a way it was easy - I’m glad you think it was seamless. Still, having said that, going on screen is a whole different thing.

Was it a bit surreal?

Yeh! Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss was there, a few people were there, you know, and everyone’s a fan as well, of course, and everyone was really excited to see it. (And probably sneakily trying on all the gear while I wasn’t looking).

Did you honestly think you would ever come back again?

Well not after…well, how long has it been? 17 years. After 10 years I though if they’re not going to ring me up now, they’re not going to ring me up.

You look pretty much the same though…

…keep talking! (smiles).

Well your hair now is actually half the length of the original wig you had in the series…

…I don’t wanna talk about it! (smirks) Bad memories! (looks at recent photo of the 8th Doctor) Well, I suppose, yeh, I could just about get away with it.

Well thank you very much and I hope you had a great birthday, and here’s hoping this isn’t the last time we’ve seen you on screen as well, honestly, it was a real treat for everyone!

Well, with Doctor Who you just never know…you never ever know, do you…

Watch DWO's video interview with Paul McGann, below:


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(With thanks to the Showmasters team)

[Source: DWO]

15 November 2013

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, and to help out Children In Need along the way, DWO are thrilled to announce that our FREE-to-download, hour-long, full-cast Doctor Who audio adventure; 'One Fine Time Lord', is now available to stream or download!

One Fine Time Lord - Synopsis:

“History Will Be Written”

Gallifrey: The Ancient Times. 

Long ago, Time Lord society honoured its oldest surviving member, the last of the ‘great’ Lords of Time.

One man had sought to bring about peace across the planet by uniting the houses at war and introducing a ‘non-interference’ policy, thus ushering in a new era of harmony. His name - Lord Archeron.

But with his life’s work “almost complete” he strikes up a partnership with a young boy who marvels at this man’s legacy and an uneasy friendship ensues with the mighty sage.

Soon however, the ancient Time Lord will reveal his true ambition for the people of Gallifrey and the boy must make the ultimate decision. The price for peace across the planet might be higher than anyone expected...

Join the most powerful story in Time Lord history.

Listen to the adventure:

You can also download 'One Fine Time Lord' by clicking here.

Whilst we have made the audio adventure FREE, our purpose is to raise money for Children In Need, so we please ask that if you enjoy the adventure (and even if you don't), please donate whatever you can afford to Children In Need directly on the link below. Your donations really do help change lives, not just in Africa, but in the UK too.

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[Source: Doctor Who Online]

4 November 2013

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, the creative team behind DWO's hit YouTube series, Doctor Who Online Adventures, and in concert with Children In Need, Doctor Who Online and Anglia Ruskin present an astounding brand new hour-long, full cast audio drama – 'One Fine Time Lord'!

Listen to the Trailer:

The Story:

“History Will Be Written”

Gallifrey: The Ancient Times. 

Long ago, Time Lord society honoured its oldest surviving member, the last of the ‘great’ Lords of Time.

One man had sought to bring about peace across the planet by uniting the houses at war and introducing a ‘non-interference’ policy, thus ushering in a new era of harmony. His name - Lord Archeron.

But with his life’s work “almost complete” he strikes up a partnership with a young boy who marvels at this man’s legacy and an uneasy friendship ensues with the mighty sage.

Soon however, the ancient Time Lord will reveal his true ambition for the people of Gallifrey and the boy must make the ultimate decision. The price for peace across the planet might be higher than anyone expected...

Join the most powerful story in Time Lord history.

Behind The Scenes:

The story was written and directed by former BBC Director and current series producer of Doctor Who Online Adventures, Brendan Sheppard:

“I wrote this political thriller script over a very long period of time and knew it would be a great idea for an audio drama, I never imagined the sheer amount of people that would get on board to make it happen though especially in a production that is a spin off to the hit TV series. I’d like to thank my wonderful producers, fantastic cast and Doctor Who Online all of whom dedicated their time and expertise (for free) to make this production happen and I can’t wait for you to hear it!”

Kim Mai-Bates was charged with Producing the piece:

“As a producer your job is to ensure that everything runs smoothly from start to finish; without the support of the cast and crew this wouldn't have been as successful. However the most challenging part was choosing the cast; we had some great talent audition for us and I want to thank those people for taking the time to audition. I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with the wonderful cast we decided upon.

Working as a producer on One Fine Time Lord was a different and exciting experience for me. Being on the audition panel, rehearsal and the studio recording was mind-blowing as the cast and crew had passion and such energy. I’ve come away with a real life experience that has made me want to pursue a career in producing. Christopher Whitehead (The Son) is the youngest member of our cast. He made quite an impression with me when he insisted that giving him an audition would be worth it; I’m happy to say that it was worth it, thoroughly impressed. Despite his age, he has a well developed set of skills; one to watch out for. An absolute joy to work with.

When Iain Dootson (Lord Archeron) entered the audition room I instantly got a positive vibe from him. He won me over with his ability to adapt himself to the situations we put him in. We tested him and he passed with flying colours.

Brendan’s (The Writer/Director) child-like energy and excitement about Doctor Who and this project set the tone for the rest of us. Sometimes I had to rein Brendan back in because his enthusiasm for Doctor Who and the script was distracting him from his director duties; this made the production a lot of fun to work on though. Brendan’s vision was clear and focused which made this production run smoothly; his support was very much appreciated.

Producing One Fine Time Lord has been one of the highlights of my career. The cast and crew were incredible to work with. It was an absolute joy to be a part of this production. Not one to miss!”

Kim helped assemble a terrific cast and crew through a lengthy audition process that took place in Anglia Ruskin University during July. Actors from all over the UK and Ireland came to audition and a huge cast was put together from the outstanding talent.

Executive Producer David Clouter a former BBC Radio 4 producer was on hand to lead the project:

“I grew up hiding behind the sofa while William Hartnell was chased by Daleks. Nobody had any idea that fifty years later we would be celebrating the anniversary of one of the UK's best loved programmes. It has been a real privilege and a pleasure to play a small part in that celebration. The auditions are something that I'll remember for a long time dozens of potential actors travelled from all over the UK to take part.

Over the course of a weekend, it soon became clear that the bar was set very high. After the last of our hopefuls had departed, the final selection process took far longer than we had anticipated. But having arrived at a unanimous decision, as the recording unfolded it was incredibly rewarding to see the way in which the whole cast and crew threw themselves into the p!roduction with such enthusiasm and dedication.”

M. Justin Parsons a leading script editor based in the US was invited to work as the project’s script editor:

"Brendan Sheppard presented me with an exciting and fascinating script to edit in One Fine Time Lord which gives us brand new insights into the culture and history of the Time Lords of Gallifrey. The main challenge, however, involved presenting a story within a realm audiences know and love - Doctor Who - yet without the main characters they would expect to be involved. In fact, we had to introduce an entire new cast and do this in such a way that these characters were compelling in their own right.

The beauty of Doctor Who and its incredible fifty year journey is that (over time) the programme has defined its main character and his people so vividly that the backdrop of Gallifrey was all that we needed to proceed. We realised it wasn't necessary to establish where these characters were or how they might interact with one another. The Time Lords are so well known that the very mention of their name conjures up all the images and knowledge one requires to fully connect with this stunning adventure.

The template, as it were, was already set and Brendan has done Doctor Who proud with an engaging tale that builds perfectly upon what the past fifty years have established. It has been my pleasure to edit this wonderful story and take part in honouring the 50th Anniversary of a truly outstanding science-fiction phenomenon."

Iain Dootson was chosen from hundreds of hopefuls to play the lead character of Lord Archeron, last of the great Time Lords:

"As a longstanding (sometimes sitting) Doctor Who fan, from frankly fearful watching behind the sofa in the Seventies to enjoying from a comfier armchair with the more recent Tennants of the title role I was excited and intrigued by the chance to take part in this story. I applied forthwith and when the Producer, Kim Bates, kindly notified me of an audition slot I was very pleased and set off to Cambridge on a bright sunshiny day to Anglia Ruskin. This university happens to be the alma mater of a mate of mine (and fellow Whovian) who unfortunately couldn't make it to the auditions but he was with me to share the excitement when I got the call to say that I'd not only got a part but I was to play the significant role of Lord Archeron.

A return to the equally sunny location in June led to an auspicious start... A welcome and good luck live link from Colin Baker. The ensuing three days recording were enjoyable, relaxed, professional and fun from the word go. Brendan Sheppard steered an extensive cast expertly and with good humour from the read-through onwards. The "tecchies" were great and to sit in the sound booth and hear some of the brill-sounding takes was very cool. And all this for a good cause!! (In addition to kudos and pride in being a part of the Doctor Who world) I wonder what that boy behind the sofa would say if he knew then what was in store years later?....Geronimo or Allons-y perhaps?!"

The Show:

The show will be raising money for Children in Need and will be an exclusive free to download production.

Sebastian J. Brook from Doctor Who Online explains:

“At DWO we’re always looking for new features to provide our 35,000+ daily visitors with, and when Brendan told me of his plans for ‘One Fine Time Lord’, it was clear that this was going to be a real treat for Doctor Who fans worldwide. What better way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary than with a brand new audio story made for fans, by fans - and the greatest part is it’s all for Children In Need”

Want to attend the FREE Premiere event?

If you would like tickets to attend the premiere event being held at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on the 14th of November email us for tickets. Tickets are EXTREMELY limited, drinks and refreshments will be provided after the event at The Bakers public house in Cambridge. As we are expecting a large amount of ticket requests but have very limited spaces, please state how many you would like for the event and all requests will go into a lottery, (you are limited to a maximum request of 2 per person).

To order your tickets please email: onefinetimelordtickets@gmail.com Put OFTL TICKETS in the subject section of the email.

The event is FREE to attend. Donations to Children In Need can be made during the evening or via the official BBC Children in Need website, or by calling 03457 332233.

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[Source: Doctor Who Online]

19 August 2013

DWO caught up with acclaimed author and much-loved Doctor Who writer, Neil Gaiman, for an exclusive video interview.

Speaking to DWO Editor, Seb J. Brook, Neil talks about his latest book 'The Ocean At The End Of The Lane', his sequel to Sandman, being a Doctor Who fan, and if he'd be up for penning another Doctor Who script.

Watch DWO's '5 Questions With... Neil Gaiman', below:

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(With thanks to Neil Gaiman and Samantha Eades at Headline)

[Source: DWO]

21 June 2013
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It’s been almost three weeks since we launched our 50th Anniversary Poll, giving you the chance to rate the Doctor’s televised adventures, in an attempt to find fan’s number one story. 

In 2009, Doctor Who Magazine’s ‘Mighty 200’ poll rated The Caves of Androzani to be the number one story of all time, with the following story - The Twin Dilemma - consigned to last place. It’s been great to watch entries coming in over the last few weeks, and we’re somewhat pleased to say that neither of those stories occupy the position they did in the last poll, so there’s still everything to play for! 

Don’t forget that it’s not too late to get your votes in - you’ll find a link to download the survey form at the bottom of this post. All you need to do is rank the stories that you’ve seen between ‘1’ (terrible!) and ’10’ (the best of the best!) and email them to us at 50yearpoll@drwho-online.co.uk .

To give you something of a hint as to where things currently stand, here’s a story from each Doctor, along with it’s current placement in the chart (there’s a total of 239 positions), and it’s current average score. The scores alter slightly every time a new entry arrives in our inbox, so these tales could well end up in different places by the time the final votes are in! 

 

The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve 153    (63.58%)

The Space Pirates         236    (41.95%)

The Time Warrior         50    (77.45%) 

The Armageddon Factor         200    (57.36%) 

Earthshock                 23    (82.50%)

Vengeance on Varos         125    (67.67)

Ghost Light                  81    (71.96)

The TV Movie                  142   (65.22%)

Father’s Day                  68      (73.67%)

Smith and Jones          117   (68.35%)

The Name of the Doctor          12   (84.19%) 

The survey is available in several different formats, which you can get hold of at the bottom of this post. There’s an interactive PDF, which you can fill in using Adobe Acrobat, or if you’re a Mac user, you can fill it in using Preview. 

 

You can also print out the survey form, write on manually, and then scan or photograph to send us your scores. Don’t worry - it doesn’t have to be printed in colour if you want to save your printer inks! 

 

Finally, both pages are available as JPGs, so you can open them up in Photoshop, Microsoft Paint, or any other image editor, and add your scores that way. 

 

As long as we can clearly read the scores you’re giving to each story, and they’re on the survey form, that’s absolutely fine. Please don’t just list them in the body of your email, though!

 

Once you’ve filled in your form, you’ll need to email it to us at 50yearpoll@drwho-online.co.uk before 31st July 2013. We’ll be analysing the results throughout August, and we’ll announce them in early September. 


Will there be a new favourite Doctor Who story in time for the programme’s 50th Anniversary? There’s only one way to find out - get voting!

 

DOWNLOAD THE PDF VOTING FORM

(Link opens up a dropbox window, please select the 'download' button in the

top right-hand corner)

 

DOWNLOAD THE JPG VOTING FORM - PAGE ONE and PAGE TWO

 

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

 

19 June 2013

DWO's upcoming, one-hour, full cast audio drama celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who started post production today.

One Fine Time Lord - a special project for Children in Need, tells the story of the early days of Gallifrey and how one senior Time Lord, Lord Archeron has a plan to change the planet forever - with no Doctor to come to the rescue...

The production of the story took place from 3rd-5th June at Anglia Ruskin Studios in Cambridge and saw a whole host of professional actors gather together to tell the story and Colin Baker even popped up to give the guys some encouragement!

The show will be in post production over the coming months and will be free to download right here on DWO. Further details of the full story are being kept under wraps for now but Writer / Director, Brendan Sheppard said:

"There will be some surprising revelations about Time Lord culture as an old relic from the past is about to cause a serious amount of damage to the people of Gallifrey"

He also commented that:

"The cast and crew were simply wonderful and they worked extremely hard, at their own expense, to bring you this extremely special story, we hope you will enjoy it and donate whatever you can, directly to Children in Need. Who knows where this story might end up and there is the strong possibility that this might be the first of many..."

We shall keep you updated with more on this exciting project!

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

3 June 2013
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Doctor Who Online needs you! 


In 2009, to celebrate the 200th Doctor Who story (Planet of the Dead), Doctor Who Magazine ran ‘The Mighty 200!’, a survey to find out just where those 200 televised stories sat within fan estimations. That poll led to the Fifth Doctor’s 1984 swan song, The Caves of Androzani being crowned the greatest Doctor Who story ever, with the following story, The Twin Dilemma consigned to the opposite end of the list, coming in as number 200.

 

Since that poll was conducted, however, there’s been almost 40 new adventures for the Time Lord, which has taken us into his Eleventh Incarnation, introduced us to the Ponds, revealed the secrets of River Song, and brought us a whole new universe of terror. Just where do these stories sit within the history of the programme? Are any of them able to displace The Caves of Androzani?

 

What we want you to do is mark each of the Doctor’s televised adventures out of 10, using the form below. A perfect score of ’10’ should really be reserved for the very best of stories - those which you feel are practically perfect. Similarly, a score of ‘1’ should only be given out to those stories which have no redeeming features at all. There’s no limit on how many 10s or 1s you can give, or any of the numbers in between, this is about how much you enjoy these stories. 

 

It doesn’t matter if you’ve not seen all of the Doctor’s televised adventures - just leave blank any that you don’t feel you can rate. The results will be displayed as an average of the scores given, so some of the older stories (which may draw less response than the more recent ones) won’t be losing out unfairly.

 

You’ll notice that we’ve split The Trial of a Time Lord into five separate options, just as the Doctor Who Magazine poll did in 2009. The story was originally broadcast in 1986 as a 14-part epic, and this is how we’d like you to rate it. However, it’s often thought of these days as being a collection of four separate stories with a linking theme, so you’re also welcome to give an individual score for those parts, too. While it will be the main story we use in the final ratings, we'll add in a sidebar with the individual scores for each segment, so you can see how popular (or otherwise!) they are.

 

In a strange twist of events, the 'Mighty 200' poll was conducted when the Tenth Doctor had only two more stories to come at the end of the year, and we'll be conducting our poll under similar conditions - with the final two Eleventh Doctor stories on the horizon! 
 

The survey is available in several different formats, which you can get hold of at the bottom of this post. There’s an interactive PDF, which you can fill in using Adobe Acrobat, or if you’re a Mac user, you can fill it in using Preview. 

 

You can also print out the survey form, write on manually, and then scan or photograph to send us your scores. Don’t worry - it doesn’t have to be printed in colour if you want to save your printer inks! 

 

Finally, both pages are available as JPGs, so you can open them up in Photoshop, Microsoft Paint, or any other image editor, and add your scores that way. 

 

As long as we can clearly read the scores you’re giving to each story, and they’re on the survey form, that’s absolutely fine. Please don’t just list them in the body of your email, though!

 

Once you’ve filled in your form, you’ll need to email it to us at 50yearpoll@drwho-online.co.uk before 31st July 2013. We’ll be analysing the results throughout August, and we’ll announce them in early September. 


Will there be a new favourite Doctor Who story in time for the programme’s 50th Anniversary? There’s only one way to find out - get voting!

 

DOWNLOAD THE PDF VOTING FORM

(Link opens up a dropbox window, please select the 'download' button in the

top right-hand corner)

 

DOWNLOAD THE JPG VOTING FORM - PAGE ONE and PAGE TWO

 

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

 

Will there be a new favourite Doctor Who story in time for the programme’s 50th Anniversary? There’s only one way to find out - get voting! 
2 June 2013

Doctor Who Online were interviewed on BBC News this morning regarding Matt Smith's departure from Doctor Who.

DWO reporter, Hayden Gribble was asked a series of questions about the recent news that Matt Smith would be leaving the role this Christmas, as well as who could take over the role.

Watch the BBC News Interview with DWO, below:

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

11 May 2013

DWO interviews Doctor Who Actor, Calvin Dean, regarding his role as 'Ha-Ha' in the Neil Gaiman-penned, Doctor Who episode; 'Nightmare In Silver', as well as his career as an actor.


'Nightmare In Silver' sees your Doctor Who acting debut, but you've previously had an appearance in the Doctor Who spin off 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' as a Slitheen as well. What was it like working with the SJA team, and how do the two productions vary?

My SJA experience was very brief. Unfortunately I didn't actually get to be the Slitheen as that was performed by Jimmy Vee. I had one scene as the “human” Slitheen and the rest was Jimmy with my voice. It was a great experience though and to work with the great Liz Sladen was a joy. I also got to meet David Tennant and K-9...not sure which was more exciting!

SJA and DW are very similar in lots of ways. Some of the crew were the same and of course both produced in Cardiff. The big difference is the new Roath Lock studios which are huge and very impressive! The size of the studios is vast and I nearly wandered onto the Casualty set one day by mistake. Watch out for Ha-Ha in next weeks Casualty!

You play the curiously titled 'Ha-Ha' in 'Nightmare In Silver'. Without giving too much away, could you tell us a bit more about your character and what it was like working with Neil Gaiman's script?

Ha-Ha has been one of my most favourite characters to play in my career so far. Neil writes such great roles for character actors and it was so much fun. Neil's scripts all read like massive movies and you can never quite believe that it was shot in only 13 days. 

Each member of the platoon have totally different characteristics and we had to be told on a few occasions to rain it in slightly as we would get carried away. I wanted Ha-Ha to have a slight Action Man feel to him which made it even funnier as my physical physique clearly isn't very Action Man like! Although I can see a new line of chubby Action Men figures being released soon!

Were you a fan of Doctor Who before you got a part, and if so, what is your earliest memory and do you have a particular favourite Story and Doctor?

To be honest, I wasn't a die hard fan. I've known Matt Smith for over 10 years so when he took over I watched his first series, then I missed all of Series 6. When I got the job I watched all of Series 7 Part 1 whilst traveling to and from Cardiff. Of course, I'm now a big fan. My earliest memories of Doctor Who must have been re-runs during the 90's. I remember Tom Baker a lot. The Cybermen really freaked me out. Even now I find them a bit creepy (especially with their new powers!).

Are there any other TV shows you would like to be a part of and do you have any other projects coming up?

I'll take whatever comes along! I love jobs which involve a little bit of comedy, but I would also like to be in more serious drama like Broadchurch. I seem to have a face for horror though. I think some of the best TV is being made in America at the minute so giving it a go over there is on my to-do list. I filmed a movie called Passengers recently which will hopefully be out later this year.

Finally, if you could take a round trip in the TARDIS anywhere in time and space, where would you go and why?

Wow. Hard question. Part of me would love to see dinosaurs, but only if Richard Attenborough was with me (obsessed with Jurassic Park as a child). I would also want to go and watch Laurel and Hardy filming some of their classics and go to Hollywood back in the heyday. I get travel sickness though, so I don't think time travel would be for me... unless Matt Smith was there to comfort me.

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[Source: DWO]

11 May 2013

DWO interviews Doctor Who Actor, Warwick Davis, regarding his role as 'Porridge' in the Neil Gaiman-penned, Doctor Who episode; 'Nightmare In Silver', his career as an actor as well as the upcoming Star Wars movies.


You've worked your way through some of the biggest cult Movies and TV Shows of all time, how did you feel adding the Doctor Who notch to your belt?

I am very fortunate in my career to have been involved in some amazing projects - among them, some really big franchise movies. Getting a role in Doctor Who has been a career ambition ever since I can remember.

I was such a fan of the programme when I was young, and I always imagined being The Doctor. I used to borrow my dads old tyre pressure gauge which looked a lot like a sonic screwdriver and stand in my wardrobe, pretending it was the Tardis. Trouble was, it actually felt smaller on the inside!

I met Jon Pertwee when I was about eight and worked with Tom Baker on the BBC series 'The Silver Chair'. I suppose Tom was 'my' Doctor much in the same way people refer to 'their' James Bond.

Without giving too much away, can you tell us a bit about your character Porridge in 'Nightmare In Silver' and what it was like working with a script from the legendary Neil Gaiman?

Porridge is a very interesting character, with a cool back story. All I can say is, he's quite an important person universally.

Neil Gaiman's script is fantastic and it was a pleasure to play the scenes he wrote. And he included Cybermen - what more could I ask! I sincerely hope the fans enjoy it. I've already received a very warm welcome from them, even before the episode has aired which I hope will continue after they've seen it.

With a new series of Stars Wars movies now confirmed, would you be up for a return to the galaxy far, far away?

Of course, I'd love to. I'd like to play a villain...with a lightsaber. Now that would be cool!

The 'Life's Too Short' special was fantastic (as was the first series) can we expect any more, and what other projects do you have coming up that we can look out for?

The special is it, for now. It's down to schedules and timing. Ricky and Stephen are busy people, but we all enjoy working together, so if we can find time, we'll do more. I am currently developing several documentary series, and a radio show. I have my own YouTube channel called 'The Multiverse'. It's the home of sci-fi and fantasy comedy for the geek in all of us. We are producing some brilliant, original shows (many of which I am in too). Please check it out and SUBSCRIBE for free to be the first to see brand new episodes.

I am soon to start shooting a 10 part fantasy / comedy series I have written, and will be directing and appearing in. It's called 'Dwarves Assemble'. I also have a new company that sells exclusive signed memorabilia, in particular, for the first time anywhere, licensed 'Harry Potter' autographs. There is a lot of cool stuff there already, and I'll be adding more all the time. Check it out here: www.thesignatureshop.co.uk.

Finally, if you could take a round trip in the TARDIS anywhere in time and space, where would you go and why?

I'd like to check out old London around the time of the plague. I know it sounds odd, but I've always been fascinated by that period in history and I think it would be good to wander around for a bit and take in the atmosphere (not the plague though).

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4 May 2013

Episode #290 of the DWO WhoCast, Doctor Who Podcast is Out Now!

In this week's episode of the DWO WhoCast...

A great mind and a beautiful young woman whose relationship is the matter of speculation are joined by their thuggish associate as they watch The Crimson Horror, the latest episode of Doctor Who written by Mark Gatiss and starring Matt Smith, Jenna Louise Coleman and Dame Diana Rigg.

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27 April 2013

Episode #289 of the DWO WhoCast, Doctor Who Podcast is Out Now!

In this week's episode of the DWO WhoCast...

Dave, Elizabeth and Thomas take a Journey To The Centre of the TARDIS.

Whilst lost in the depths of the time machine, Thomas finds a copy of Festival of Death by Jonathan Morris to review, Dave finds Dean clutching a copy of the latest Big Finish / AudioGO title; Destiny of the Doctor: Babblesphere and have a listen together whilst somewhere near the Eye Of Harmony, Elizabeth reads the Third Doctor eBook The Spear of Destiny.

Only Elizabeth makes it back and she is so distraught that she settles down with Michelle to watch The Ribos Operation.

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20 April 2013

Episode #288 of the DWO WhoCast, Doctor Who Podcast is Out Now!

In this week's episode of the DWO WhoCast...

Dave and Thomas Hide as Elizabeth and Michelle face The Talons of Weng-Chiang before Elizabeth and Dean meet up to discuss it all with Jago and Lightfoot.

From the latest series starring Matt Smith to a classic Tom Baker story and the popular Big Finish range of Jago and Lightfoot stories, the DWO Whocast looks at Doctor Who from all angles.

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13 April 2013

Episode #287 of the DWO WhoCast, Doctor Who Podcast is Out Now!

In this week's episode of the DWO WhoCast...

Dave and Thomas got all hot under the collar about this week's Doctor Who as the Ice Warrior's reappear to fight a Cold War in Mark Gatiss' latest story.

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