Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Shada Novelisation

From the unique mind of Douglas Adams, the legendary ‘lost’ Doctor Who story completed at last!

The Doctor’s old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University – where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries.

But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs – most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous.

The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn’t a book for Time Tots. It is one of the Artefacts, dating from the dark days of Rassilon.

It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. And the sinister Skagra most definitely has the wrong hands. He wants the book. He wants to discover the truth behind Shada. And he wants the Doctor’s mind…

Based on the scripts for the original television series by the legendary Douglas Adams, Shada retells an adventure that never made it to the screen.

Due 15th March 2012

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The Doctor Down Under?

Since the show returned to our screens in 2005, the production team behind Doctor Who has been known to occasionally venture beyond the UK borders for a spot of filming. Aside from last years filming for series 6 in Utah, United States, the show has also filmed in Italy, Dubai and Croatia over the last couple of years, but is the show about to take a trip to Australia?

According to Australias TV Tonight Blog, plans could be afoot to film parts of series 7 Down Under.
TV Tonight is hearing whispers from the UK that the long-running science-fiction series is considering a move to film multiple episodes in Australia in mid-2012.
This is of course news to us, and they don't appear to have a source for their information so it could all just be made up, but if true this could be potentially interesting news for the next series.

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Christmas Confidential Cancelled?

Despite the fact that we were promised one final Confidential to accompany this years Christmas Special, The Sun are reporting that the BBC have decided to scrap it, despite it already being made and paid for.
Series producer Gillane Seaborne claims "The biggest regret is the episode of Confidential we've filmed for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special which now won't be shown, So I guess in the fine traditions of Doctor Who, we now have our very own missing episode."

Industry experts put the cost of an episode of the show, which was presented by Alastair Sooke, at around £50,000 but possibly more.
Will be a shame if this is true? What do you think? Since its already been made should they just air it anyway or would you rather just see it as an extra on the DVD?

Thanks to Peri-Peri for the heads up.

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Christmas Special Transmission Times (UK & US)

The official DW Twitter feed yesterday confirmed that this years Christmas specia, The Doctor, The Widow & The Wardrobe, will be airing on BBC One on Christmas Day at 7pm and will run for an hour.

As well as this, the BBC America schedule has confirmed that this years special will once again on Christmas Day in the United States at 9pm EST (though other regions will vary so check your local listings.

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Monday, 28 November 2011

Christmas Has Come Early To The Forum

Step Inside This Christmas

Over on the forum we are so excited for the festive season and an all new Doctor Who adventure that we just can't wait any longer.

From today our special section dedicated to The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe will be open with all the latest news, spoilers, updates and pictures, which we will be adding to over the coming weeks in the lead up to Christmas Day.

On top of that, just like last year we will have lots of games, competitions, quizzes and prizes that will be running throughout December.

And as if that wasn't enough, the forum itself has even had a festive makeover!!!

So make sure you come and join us in the lead up to Christmas for your festive fix of Doctor Who and join in with all the fun and games at The Doctor In The TARDIS Forum.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

SFX Doctor Who Fanzine Special

Available in all good newsagents and supermarkets for three months from the day of Doctor Who’s 48th birthday, Doctor Who: The Fanzine from the makers of SFX is the ultimate tribute to the nation’s favourite television programme.

Across 180 packed pages, we look at Who from every possible angle, including a few never seen before! All this content is 100% new – you won’t have seen ANY of it elsewhere! (Well, apart from little excerpts we’ll be putting up on the site next week to entice you to buy it.)

So what’s in it?:

• Battle of the Superfans: we pit the show’s self-proclaimed biggest fanatics against each other to discover who deserves the title of Ultimate Superfan!

• New Matt Smith interview: the actor explains why playing the Doctor can be a solitary existence

• Arthur Darvill Fannish Inquisition: you quiz Rory Williams on dying, gerbils and series seven

• The Ten Greatest Doctor Who Moments You’ll (Probably) Never See: the most tantalising scenes from Who’s missing episodes, as imagined by the fabulous artists behind the Reign Of Terror DVD animation

• Full series six episode guide: 14-episodes examined minute-by-minute!

• A Hitch In Time: looking at Patrick Troughton’s other time travelling role

• Tom Baker & Louise Jameson interviewed: we put your questions to the Fourth Doctor and Leela

• The latest instalment in our rib-tickling cartoon strip Arthur “Dies Daily” Darvill Vs Murderous Moffat

• “Chasing Christopher Eccleston”: our (unsuccessful) attempts to grab a word with the Ninth Doctor!

And much much much more

Check out more info at SFX

Secrets Of Christmas

Once again the good people of the Radio Times have put our favourite bow tie wearing time traveller on it's front cover in what is a very festive looking picture.

Make sure you pick it up for your chance to find out exactly what the Doctor will be up to this Christmas.

Join The Infinite Quest - The Green Death

We go back to the classics this week and the final story for Jo Grant in the Third Doctor serial The Green Death.

A death at an abandoned coal pit brings UNIT and the Doctor to the South Wales town of Llanfairfach when the body is found glowing bright green. Are pollutants from Global Chemicals responsible? Where are the Giant Maggots coming from? And who is the mysterious BOSS?

The Green Death was the fifth and final story of the Doctor Who anniversary tenth season. The story is notable in that it marked the departure of companion Jo Grant, played by Katy Manning.

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Sometimes it can be hard to be a fan of something brilliant.

Fandom in general, especially when it comes to a show that people get as passionate about as Doctor Who, can often come surrounded by negativity. A show like Doctor Who, with it's many incarnations and variations, means that most fans feel very differently from each other about what is right and good for the show. Who really is the best Doctor? Who has written the best stories? What really is the best direction for the show to take? These and a thousand other questions have kept fans debating since the show began nearly 50 years ago. The thing is, none of these questions has a definative answer. The best we can do is choose our own favourites and respect others for theirs, because more often than not we as fans will disagree about these things.

Between the forum and our Twitter feed we get to listen to a lot of different opinions about the show and its direction and now seems like a time when fandom is as split as it ever has been. Perhaps Matt Smith is the worst Doctor who ever graced our screens. In your opinion. Perhaps River Song is the worst character ever introduced to a show ever. In your opinion. Maybe you love Amy so much that the thought of her departure makes you want to tear your hair out. It's YOUR opinion. And totally your right to feel that way.

It's a shame that all too often people seem determined to tell you that your opinion is wrong and theirs is the right one. The number of people I have seen mention that they feel uncomfortable talking about the show or what they like is such a shame to see. The beauty of this show is that it has such a deep, rich history that there is stuff in there for everybody to like and just because not everyones opinions match, it doesn't make any of us any less of a 'fan'.

Over on the forum we have always strived to have a place that is open to all fans regardless of what they like (or dislike) and where people can chat freely without being told that their opinions are wrong. There is a (and we must stress this word) 'small' section of fandom who feel the need to take aim at people because of their views on things. This isn't restricted to Doctor Who fandom, and certainly isn't limited to fandom in general, but it's a shame that when it comes to Doctor Who, it seems to be this section of fandom that gains the most attention. Those that shout the loudest, as they say...

Regardless of what you like, fans of this show all have one huge thing in common. Doctor Who. Whether you started watching it yesterday or haven't liked an episode since Jon Pertwee was strolling around in his velvet dinner jacket, the show and it's potential is what keeps bringing us back and debating. We won't always agree and we won't always like the same things, but the greatest strength of this show is it's ability to change, evolve and regenerate and what you don't like today might just be your favourite aspect to the show tomorrow. In the meantime all we can do is be respectful of each others opinions and hope that others are respectful of ours.

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Friday, 25 November 2011

Synopsis for The Doctor, The Widow & The Wardrobe

The official synopsis for the Christmas Special has been released:

It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.

He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish.

Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.

The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…

The Doctor, the Widow & the Wardrobe is expected to air on BBC One on Christmas Day like previous Christmas Specials. The time will be announced nearer to Christmas.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Friday, 18 November 2011

Christmas Special title & trailer

The title of this year's Christmas special was revealed on tonight's Children in Need.

It is 'The Doctor, The Widow & the Wardrobe.'

We can infer from it that the story will possibly be loosely based on C.S Lewis's classic story 'The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe.'

And here's the trailer direct from the BBC website:

Are you looking forward to this year's special?

Image from Children in Need special scene

The title of the Christmas Special is to be revealed on Children in Need in the UK tonight. Fans will also get to see a sneak peek at the episode.

As well as those treats a special scene has been recorded especially for the charity event, and below you can see an image from it:

To see the Doctor Who goodies tune in between 8 & 8.30pm on BBC One.

First image from the Christmas Special

The BBC have released the first image from the 2011 Christmas Special:

It doesn't give much away, but I would imagine it will get people speculating about what exactly is going to happen in this year's festive episode.

What do you think?

Monday, 14 November 2011

Doctor Who Magazine Issue #441 Cover

Here is the cover for issue #441 of Doctor Who Magazine:

The magazine is out on Thursday 17th November 2011, priced £4.50