Friday, 20 January 2012

Images From The Eternity Clock

The BBC have released some images from the upcoming Doctor Who Playstation release, The Eternity Clock, and I have to say we have all been really impressed by the quality of them.

The Eternity Clock is being created in full high definition for digital download platforms and is set for release this spring, initially on Playstation 3 and PC platforms.

The Eternity Clock will immerse gamers in the universe of Doctor Who, allowing them to take on the role of the Doctor and River Song as they travel across time and space to save the Earth. Gamers must learn to master the complexities of time travel with exceptional time based game play, changes made in one time will impact another creating multiple possibilities and challenging players to solve puzzles across the centuries.

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Dark Horizons


BBC Books have announced another novel in their new line of originial Doctor Who Novels, which will be released this Summer. 
The novel will feature the 11th Doctor, as played by Matt Smith, as its hero, in a story set in Viking times. The location is the northern shore of an island off the coast of Scotland, where the islanders live in fear of a Viking attack. Then The Burning comes, consuming everything in its path. 
The novel is penned by Jenny (J.T) Colgan, who is a self proclaimed 'superfan' of Doctor Who. It is 320 pages long and will be published on July 7th. More novels are planned for later release from Alastair Reynolds and Steven Baxter.

Gatiss, Fay, Confirmed Writers For Series 7

In last weeks newly released Doctor Who Magazine, Mark Gatiss, who had taken over the Production Notes feature, revealed that he would be penning a script for the upcoming seventh series of Doctor Who. While talking about pitching his story to Moffat, he gave three clues as to what it might be about. “Meat”, “Klaxon” and “Vienna”. A story set abroad, perhaps?

Gatiss has previously written The Unquiet Dead, The Idiot's Lantern, Victory of the Daleks and most recently, Night Terrors, as well as appearing in different roles in some episodes including The Lazarus Experiment and The Wedding Of River Song.

This news, although late being posted here, has been on our forum for nearly a week, and response to the news of him writing for the show again has been mainly negative. His previous stories seem to have very much divided opinion.

Gatiss is the third confirmed writer for Series 7, alongside Steven Moffat and John Fay. John Fay has previously written for Torchwood, but this is his first Doctor Who outing. He recently penned episode 9 of Miracle Day as well as two episodes of Children Of Earth, including the now infamous Day 4.

At Least 14 Episodes For Series 7

During a short interview with the Radio Times, when asked about the series next year, Moffat has promised that it will definately air in Autumn 2012 and to expect at least 14 episodes. With emphasis on the 'at least'.
“There will never be a better time to be a Doctor Who fan, I absolutely promise you that,” says showrunner Steven Moffat on the topic of the series’ forthcoming 50th anniversary in 2013.

When quizzed about Doctor Who’s return later in 2012, Moffat did his utmost to encourage fan speculation by saying that there would be “at least” 14 episodes in series seven.
The emphasis that Moffat puts on the words 'at least' in the interview indicate that we could be in for more than the standard amount. In a previous interview it was said that this year they are filming more episodes than ever before.

The RT website has a video of the interview, which you can watch HERE

Friday, 6 January 2012

Doctor Who Magazine Issue #443 Covers

The cover for Issue #443 of DWM has been released, except this time there isn't just one, there's a choice of two:

Which one do you prefer?

Worlds In Time

Worlds In Time, the new MMORPG created by Three Rings design and centred on Doctor Who is getting ever closer to it's launch, and you can now preview the game online.

Within the game, players will be able to control the TARDIS while completing challenges and puzzles set by the Doctor to save the universe from various enemies. The makers are planning to incorporate 'monsters from both the original and new series of the show, as well as host worlds (and other locations!) familiar to fans.'

Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is now available on a preview basis to those looking to play. For your chance to experience Worlds In Time, head over to the official site, HERE, and get yourself registered for free.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Unit Files Box Set Release


Coming to DVD on January 12th is the Unit Files Box Set, a 3 disc, 2 story set featuring offerings from both the Third and Fourth Doctors.

The two serials contained in the set are the 1974 Third Doctor serial Invasion of the Dinosaurs and the 1975 Fourth Doctor serial The Android Invasion.

The selected stories have caused debate amongst fans about whether they were the best candidates to feature in a 'UNIT' release, but with so few stories remaining unreleased they are possibly the most fitting without rereleasing older stories again.

The set is available from next Thursday, and Amazon are currently offering the set HERE for £22.47, though prices around the web may vary depending on where you purchase. Extras on the release include:

Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Starring: Jon Pertwee , Elisabeth Sladen , Nicholas Courtney

Directed by: Paddy Russell
Produced by: Barry Letts
Written by: Malcolm Hulke

Returning to London, the Doctor and Sarah Jane 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 terrorize the Earth.

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary
• People, Power and Puppetry
• Deleted Scenes
• Now and Then
• John Levene’s Commentary
• Doctor Who Stories: Elizabeth Sladen Part 1
• Billy Smart’s Circus
• Photo Gallery
• PDF materials: Radio Times Listings
• Production Note Subtitles
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Doctor Who: The Android Invasion

Starring: Tom Baker , Elisabeth Sladen
Directed by: Barry Letts
Produced by: Philip Hinchcliffe
Written by: Terry Nation

When the TARDIS lands in the sleepy English village of Devesham, Sarah Jane thinks the Doctor has finally got her back home. But all is not as it seems – the village is unusually deserted and deadly white-suited spacemen patrol the countryside. When the dead begin to come back to life, the Doctor decides to contact UNIT. But their UNIT friends are also dangerously changed.

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary
• The Village That Came to Life
• Life After Who – Philip Hinchcliffe
• Tie-in Weetabix commercial
• Photo Gallery
• PDF materials: Radio Times Listings, Weetabix packet promotions
• Production Note Subtitles
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

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Q&A With Simon Fisher-Becker

We are pleased to announce that the very generous Simon Fisher-Becker has agreed to share some of his time with us and come to the forum to answer your fan questions, in what is hopefully the first of many Q&A sessions with the stars of Doctor Who that we will be holding on the forum over the coming months.

Simon Fisher-Becker is of course best known to Doctor Who fans as Dorium Maldovar, but has also featured in Doctors, Game Of Thrones and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, amongst others.

If you have a question for Simon about his career or time on Doctor Who then please pop along to the forum HERE, start a new thread within the section with your question included in the body of the post and a brief description in the title, and be sure to check first to see if your question has already been asked.

Questions should be posted and ready by Sunday January 15th.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Talking Who

Sometimes it can feel a bit like everyone knows about something awesome that you don't. That was the feeling we got this morning when, after already putting out 24 episodes, we finally discovered Talking Who.

Every week, the guys over at Talking Who put out a live podcast show containing reviews and interviews with the people involved in the worlds of Doctor Who, all for your listening and viewing pleasure.

They have currently notched up 24 of these casts, the latest of which, which features an interview with Paul Winter of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, can be viewed below, but to make sure you don't miss out on any past or future ones, check out their YouTube Page and Web Page. You can also follow them on Twitter by clicking This Link

Revisitations III

Revisitations III

More information about the third release in the Revisitations Box Set Series has been announced, with extra bonus feature details, a concrete release date, a box cover (which you can see to the left) and pricing information.

The set itself will contain three serials. The Second Doctor story The Tomb Of The Cybermen, The Third Doctor story The Three Doctors and the Fourth Doctot story The Robots Of Death. The set is due for release on February 13th in the UK with an RRP of £35.99.

Extra information about what we can expect from this release, as well as bonus features for the individual serials can be found below.

The Tomb Of The Cybermen: Special Edition

Featuring Patrick Troughton as The Second 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 Third 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

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Review: Eighth Doctor Audio - Orbis

With a new year we start a new season of the New Eighth Doctor Audios. Paul Mcgann returns for a third season alongside Sheridan Smith in Orbis...

The Doctor has fallen to his death. His companion, Lucie Miller, has returned to her life on Earth, grief-stricken. Then, one night, an alien visitor arrives at her front door and shoots her.

Could it be that Lucie’s days with the Doctor are not over? She will only find the answer on the planet Orbis. A planet where all forms of life are facing violent extinction.
So What's Right With It? - After what was a pretty weak finale to the second series, series three of the New EDAs kicks off with what might just be the strongest in the run to date. The plot of this audio is absolutely outstanding and brought to life brilliantly. The planet is brilliantly realised with lots of new creatures and aliens thrown into the mix, all a bit odd but all greatly described and presented. Smith and Mcgann play so well off each other and the dialogue between the two has hit a really steady groove with some brilliant one liners and funny bits. The ending of the story isn't at all what you would expect. The story takes a bit of a dark turn which is a bit of a gamble given the rest of the story, but the gamble pays off and it's a brilliant conclusion. The Headhunter returns in what is one of her best outings yet, stepping up her campy evil a couple of notches and keeping the character from going stale and the rest of the guest cast performs really well, too. Unlike a lot of the second series, and much of the first, this story isn't too wrapped in canon and continuity, which makes it easy to jump in to if you have perhaps missed previous stories and would also make a good jumping on point if you are new to the audios.

But What's Wrong With It? - Not a lot really. The biggest downside for me is that with Smith and Mcgann playing so well together, their interaction here is minimal and I think they really missed a trick there. They are obviously able to hold your attention seperately but their chemistry just sparks when they get to play off each other, so they could have used that more to the stories advantage.

Final Verdict - A near pefect season opener and a brilliant return for Eight and Lucie.

Orbis get's 5/5 TARDIS's

Extra Info: 60 minutes long (or 2 x 30 minutes depending on the version you purchased) on one disc with interviews and a Q&A as bonus features. Amazon have it for £9.89 which is pricier than most, but it's worth every penny.

Christmas Special Watchathon - Tonight

In case you didn't know already, tonight is the night of our forum rewatch of The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe, giving you all a chance to join in with a mass rewatch and a group discussion about the 2011 Christmas Special.

The watchathon will be starting promptly at 8pm and we would love for you to come and join in with us in discussing the episode and sharing your thoughts, so pop on over tonight to join in the fun. If you don't already have a posting account on the forum, registration takes just 2 minutes and as always is completely free.

We hope to see you there.

The Doctor In The TARDIS Forum

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe On DVD & BluRay

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.

Coming to DVD on January 16th is the 2011 Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe. No announcement about bonus features has been made yet, but according to the cover art you can expect over 2 hours of extras. Prices vary, but the best offer we have found so far is from the BBC Shop where you can get the standard DVD for £6.99 or the Blu-Ray: £8.99.

Ratings For The Christmas Special

Official ratings for this year's Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe have been announced at 10.77m viewers with a time shift of 1.85 million, becoming the third most watched show of the week. The show also managed to take the largest audience share of any show for the evening with 37.3% of the available audience tuning into the show during it's timeslot.

These figures don't include the people who tuned in to iPlayer to see the episode within 7 days.

Monday, 2 January 2012

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Doctor Who In 2011

With the dawn of the new year upon us, what better time is there to look back over the last 12 months in the Whoniverse?

2011 kicked off with a huge amount of new merchandise being released. Peri and the Piscon Paradox, Prisoner of the Sun, The Crimes Of Thomas Brewster and Series 2 of Jago and Litefoot were all released to audio. IDW entered the world of Doctor Who comics with their ongoing Eleventh Doctor series putting out it's first issue and the DVD world was graced with the releases of Meglos, The Mutants and A Christmas Carol. Over in LA, production began on the fourth series of spin off series Torchwood, while in the UK, production on Series 6 of Doctor Who continued in Cardiff. At the National Television Awards, where a specially filmed Doctor Who themed segment opened the show, Doctor Who lost out on the award for Best Drama to Waterloo Road, to the shock of many.

February saw the release of several new audio adventures. The Feast Of Axos, Lucie Miller, The Perpetual Bond and Short Trips Vol. 2 all saw CD releases, while the First Doctor story The Ark got it's first DVD release. The end of February brought with it the sad news that Nicholas Courtney, famous for playing Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart for over 40 years, had passed away on the 22nd. DWM announced a special dedication issue would be released in his honour.

March brought with it a host of new audio adventures for fans in the form of The Forbidden Time, To The Death, Industrial Evolution and Short Trips Vol.3. The Mara Tales Box Set release gave us Kinda and Snakedance on DVD while the Revisitations 2 Box Set contained rereleases of Carnival Of Monsters, Ressurection Of The Daleks and The Seeds Of Death. Meanwhile, fans of the show were treated to two mini episodes in aid of Comic Relief. Space & Time were the first televised episodes to be set and filmed entirely in the TARDIS since 1964's The Edge Of Destruction.

Heroes Of Sontar, Thin Ice and The Sentinals of the New Dawn were the audio releases for April, while the Third Doctors regeneration story Planet Of The Spiders was released to DVD. On the 19th April the world was shocked to learn of the passing of the brilliant Elisabeth Sladen from cancer. Elisabeth had been playing Sarah Jane Smith on and off since 1973 and was currently in production of the fifth series of her own spin off show, The Sarah Jane Adventures. Fandom rallied round and raised over £20,000 in her honour to be donated to the hospice that cared for her. A week later Series 6 of Doctor Who hit the airwaves with The Impossible Astronaut taking in nearly 9 million viewers on initial airing as well as breaking the world record for the most recorded show ever, with 4.1m viewers. The episode was dedicated to the memory of Elisabeth Sladen. Part two, Day Of The Moon, aired the following week and closed out the month.

The month of May saw the release of Kiss of Death, Crime Of The Century and Ferril's Folly on audio CD. The release of the Mannequin Mania Box Set saw a reissue of Spearhead From Space released alongside Terror Of The Autons, while the Fifth Doctor story Frontios also got it's release this month. Series 6 continued on BBC1 airing four episodes throughout the month, The Curse Of The Black Spot, The Doctor's Wife, The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People brought in steady ratings and took the show to the top of the iPlayer charts each week.

Rat Trap, Animal and The Cold Equations all saw audio releases in June, as did the third series of Jago and Litefoot. The DVD world saw the release of the Earth Story Box Set which contained the First Doctor story The Gunfighters alongside the Fifth Doctor serial The Awakening, meaning that every Fifth Doctor serial was now available on DVD. Over on BBC1, A Good Man Goes to War rounded out the first half of Series 6, taking the show into a summer hiatus before returning in the Autumn. Behind the scenes it was announced that Piers Wenger was stepping down as Exectuive Producer on the show but that Series 7 and a 2012 Christmas special had been commissioned and that Matt Smith would remain in the role. Danny Cohen, controller of BBC1 announced that Series 7 would air over 2 years, which was later denied by Steven Moffat, but no new official announcement was made either way.

Robophobia, Earth Aid and Tales From The Vault were the audio releases for July, followed by the DVD releases of the Seventh Doctor serial Paradise Towers and Series 6 Part 1. Filling the gap left by Doctor Who, Torchwood returned to UK screens after a two year absense with Miracle Day amidst controversy over premiering in the US before the UK. Episodes aired throughout July were The New World, Rendition and The Dead Of Night. While attending the ComicCon event in the US, Karen Gillan confirmed to the world that she will be returning to Doctor Who for the seventh series. In a film collectors attic in the south of England, episode 3 of the First Doctor story Galaxy 4 was found after being thought lost for more than 30 years, though the fact was kept secret until December.

Recorded Time and Other Stories and The Rocket Men were released on audio alongside Short Trips Vol.4, while The Sun Makers was the only DVD to be released this month. Torchwood gathered pace on BBC1 airing Escape To LA, The Catagories Of Life, The Middle Men and Immortal Sins. Doctor Who made it's long awaited return to screens with the second half of Series 6 and the story Let's Kill Hitler.

The Doomsday Quatrain, House Of Blue Fire and The Memory Cheats all saw their audio releases in September, while Day Of The Daleks saw it's DVD release. Torchwood came to a close airing it's final three episodes with The End Of The Road, The Gathering and The Blood Line rounding out the fourth series of the show. Doctor Who continued with the second half of Series 6, airing 4 episodes, Night Terrors, The Girl Who Waited, The God Complex and Closing Time. In the same dusty attic as before, a second 'lost' episode was found in the form of The Underwater Menace, episode 2, bringing the total amount of lost episodes down to 106. Again, this was kept under wraps until December.

The Elite, The Silver Turk and The Many Deaths Of Jo Grant were all released on audio CD this month while the DVD world was represented by the release of Colony In Space and the fourth series of SJA. The Sixth Series of Doctor Who was rounded out with the airing of The Wedding Of River Song, but a special Mini Episode created and written by primary school children from Basingstoke made its screen debut on Doctor Who Confidential. It was titled Death Is The Only Answer. The Sarah Jane Adventures returned to screens with it's fifth and final series. Due to the death of it's star, Elisabeth Sladen, only three stories, Sky, The Curse Of Clyde Langer and The Man Who Never Was, were completed, all of which aired during October to great figures and acclaim. The first game of the second series of Doctor Who Adventure Games was made available to download, titled The Gunpowder Plot and featured the TARDIS team facing Sontarans in Jacobean London. With the ending of Series 6 of Doctor Who came the announcement that Doctor Who Confidential would be taken off the air.

Audio releases during November were made up of The Witch From The Well, Hexagora and The First Wave. The fourth series of Torchwood, Miracle Day, was released on DVD, as was Series 6 of Doctor Who. Matt Smith auctioned off his Doctor costume for Children in Need, raising over £50k while on the same evening the title for the Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe, was announced alongside a teaser clip for the story.

The Children Of Seth and Army Of Death were this months audio releases, but for the first month of the year, no DVD's were given a release for December. Christmas came early for Doctor Who fans when it was announced at a special gathering in London that two classic episodes had been recovered from a collectors attic. Steven Moffat announced that Amy and Rory would be leaving the show during Series 7 and a new companion would join the Doctor for his travels. It was also revealed that there were no intentions to include any two part stories in the next series, but it would see the return of 'a couple' of classic villains from the 60's and 70's. The Doctor The Widow and the Wardrobe aired to strong audiences figures but a mixed reaction on Christmas Day, rounding out 2011 in the world of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who at the NTA's

The nominees for the National Television Awards have been announced with Doctor Who leading the pack alongside Downton Abbey with 3 nominations.

The Show itself is up for the prestigious Best Drama Series award, which in a surprise turn of events was last year taken home by school drama Waterloo Road.

Matt Smith will be competing for the title of Best Actor again this year alongside Karen Gillan who is nominated for Best Actress.

The awards will be announced on January 25th.

Series 7 News Roundup

With Series 7 being moved to the Autumn schedules and filming on the new series not due to start until February, new news is a little on the thin side, but thanks to Moffs appearance at the BFI screening of The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe as well as little hints in DWM, there are a few interesting facts about the next series that are worth looking at. As we haven't been around much to report on the updates, here is a roundup of what we know so far:
  • Amy and Rory will be leaving the show 'at some point' during Series 7 in what Steven Moffat has described as a 'heartbreaking' end to their story. It has been speculated that it will be Rory's (final) death that brings an end to their travels, though of course this is speculation and the details are likely to be kept top secret.
  • With the departure of the latest companions must come the arrival of the newest. Absolutely nothing is known about who will be taking the place of the Ponds, but it has been hinted that it will just be one companion this time around.
  • Although not confirmed officially, Moffat has said that he expects River Song to return in the new series. 
  • Moffat has also revealed that he has no plans for Series 7 to contain any two part stories, saying "At this stage, everything is a single episode, and the only reason anything will become a two-parter is if we think it needs to be; not so much that the story is too long for 45 minutes, because nothing is too long for 45 minutes, but if it feels as though there are two distinct stages to the story."
  • He also gave us a tiny hint about what to expect from the opening story of Series 7.  "The first episode I’m writing is called '_____ of the _____' and it’ll feel a bit like Die Hard, that first episode." 
  • Marcus Wilson, who acts as producer on the show, has revealed that Series 7 will see the return of 'a couple' of classic villains/monsters from the 1960's and 70's. Leading the popularity stakes on the forum so far is the Zygons and the Ice Warriors, but which would you like to see make a return? Let us know below.
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Review: Third Doctor Audio - Paradise Of Death

Our latest forum review comes from the brilliant Vampyros Adric who this time has shifted his focus to the Third Doctor in the audio story The Paradise Of Death.....

I've held off from this one as it lays open a can of worms "canon-wise". But no, I must look straight into the eye of the time vortex and think that if the movie is canon, then this story must be at least half canon. Although the "Blurb on the back of the box" man must have been paid by the word for this, I will still give you the benefit of his wisdom to set the scene.
"When a horrific and inexplicable death occurs at Space world, a new theme park on Hampstead Heath, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and UNIT are called to investigate."
The Paradise of Death was like a life-belt, tossed into the barren, Who-Free waters of the early nineties. A full cast audio adventure..with Jon Pertwee... And UNIT...written by Barry Letts.... YES PLEASE!!! Therefore when you listen to this, try and see it in that context and the whole thing becomes easier to love. I must confess, although this story gets a fair bit of stick from the fans, I really enjoy it. It has a tangible beginning, middle and end. The bad guys are fairly bad and the good guys are awesome. Special little mentions must go to the three "stars" Pertwee, Sladen and Courtney who are all utterly brilliant - having been written for radio, some of the dialogue can be a little ponderous at times, but this is all necessary exposition. The pacing is generally good and the beginning and the ending of the story belts along.

To be sure, it is not without its problems. This is undoubtedly "Who-by-Numbers" with very little to surprise or shock. Lis Sladen's dialogue is especially clunky given her role of our "eyes and ears" in the Whoniverse. Furthermore, towards the middle there is a little feeling of padding. This could easily have been a four parter and had it been so, would have been perfectly paced.

Nonetheless, this is a perfectly enjoyable romp which suits being an audio adventure. It will never shake any trees, but is a great way to spend a couple of hours with some old friends. 

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Doctor Who Comes To Playstation 3

Due to our recent downtime we are a little late reporting on this, but it's better late than never. Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is the brand new game being created in full high definition by BBC Worldwide for digital download platforms and is set for release in early this year on Playstation 3 and PC platforms.

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will immerse gamers in the universe of Doctor Who, allowing them to take on the role of the Doctor and River Song as they travel across time and space to save the Earth. Gamers must learn to master the complexities of time travel with exceptional time based game play, changes made in one time will impact another creating multiple possibilities and challenging players to solve puzzles across the centuries.

A wholly new storyline has been developed especially for this new Doctor Who console game franchise, written in collaboration with the BBC Wales team. Photo-real graphics, television quality scenes and highly realistic characters will bring the world of Doctor Who to life immersing fans completely in the twists and turns of an action filled plot. The stars of the series Matt Smith (the Doctor) and Alex Kingston (River Song) have recorded full voiceovers for their characters in Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock and motion capture has been used to create in-game characters that are incredibly realistic providing the ultimate Doctor Who gaming experience. The game is being developed by Supermassive Games.

Two more Doctor Who console game titles are already in development and are planned to follow this release. More details are expected to be released in the Spring.

More Classic Novel Rereleases

Following on from the successful relaunch last year by BBC books of their classic range of novelisations, one of which can be seen on the left, six more have been announced for May 2012

The range of new releases will cover the first four Doctors and will include the following novelisations:

- Doctor Who and the Day Of The Daleks

- Doctor Who and the Three Doctors

- Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet

- Doctor Who and the Ark In Space

- Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster

- Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors

Amazon have the books ready for pre-order, but as yet none of the covers for the releases have been revealed, so keep your eyes peeled for more info.

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Sunday, 1 January 2012

Sarah Jane Comes To DVD

February sees the release of not one, but two DVD box sets from The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Both DVDs are scheduled for release on February 6th. The first is The Complete Fifth Series and covers the final adventures of Sarah Jane Smith.

All three two-part episodes from the fifth series of the ‘Doctor Who’ spin-off, created by the award-winning writer, Russell T. Davies.

The programme follows the adventures of one of the Doctor’s most famous former companions, investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), as she faces all manner of alien life-forms and restores Earth’s cosmic balance with the help of her young assistants Clyde (Daniel Anthony), Luke (Tommy Knight) and Rani (Anjli Mohindra). Episodes are: ‘Sky’, ‘The Curse of Clyde Langer’ and ‘The Man Who Never Was’.

The second set due for release is the Complete Series 1-5 set

All two-part episodes from the first to fifth series of the ‘Doctor Who’ spin-off, created by the award-winning writer, Russell T. Davies. 13-year-old Maria Jackson (Yasmin Paige)’s life gets a lot more exciting when one of the Doctor’s most famous former companions, investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), moves in next door. Soon the young girl is coming face-to-face with all manner of alien life-forms, as she helps her new neighbour restore Earth’s cosmic balance.

The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe Watchathon

This Wednesday, January 4th at 8pm GMT we will be holding our regular episode watchathon, looking back at and discussing the latest new episode of Doctor Who, and this time it is the turn of the 2011 Christmas Special, The Doctor The Widow and the Wardrobe.

We would love for you to come and join in with us in discussing the episode and sharing your thoughts, so pop on over this Wednesday to join in the fun. If you don't already have a posting account on the forum, registration takes just 2 minutes and as always is completely free.

We hope to see you there.

Join The Infinite Quest - The Gunfighters

This week over on the forum, the featured story is The Gunfighters. Come on over and give us your thoughts and opinions on this classic First Doctor adventure from 1966.
Arriving in the town of Tombstone, the First Doctor finds himself involved with gunmen, out to kill Doc Holliday...

The Gunfighters was the eighth story of Season 3 of Doctor Who. Its final episode, "The O. K. Corral", was the last individually-titled episode until The Five Doctors, the ninety-minute 20th Anniversary special.

This story saw Doctor Who's take on the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. William Hartnell would later claim that the Wild West setting was his idea, a statement which was confirmed on the DVD bonus features. The director, Rex Tucker, was originally chosen to direct An Unearthly Child but filming interfered with a holiday he had booked. This was Tucker's only Who credit.

The Gunfighters was the only serial to have a song written especially for it until The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, decades later. "The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon" was sung off screen by Lynda Baron who would later appear in Enlightenment and Closing Time.

The role of Johnny Ringo was offered to veteran actor Patrick Troughton, but he was too busy. Troughton would later be asked back, and won the role of the Second Doctor. The actor playing Doc Holliday, Anthony Jacobs, brought his son, Matthew Jacobs onto the set. Matthew would later write the telemovie.

The poor AI ratings received by The Gunfighters strengthened Donald Cotton's argument that historical stories should be axed. 

Happy New Year

We would like to take the opportunity to wish all of our readers and followers a very happy new year and best wishes for 2012.

You may have noticed that over the last few months things have been a little quiet on our news page, Twitter feed and Facebook page. Unfortunately these things were unavoidable and we would like to apologise to everyone for not keeping you as updated as we would have liked, but things are back on track now so keep your eyes peeled for all the latest updates and developments from the worlds of Doctor Who.

Once again, a very happy new year to you all.