Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Lt. Ed. Doctor Who Collection statues


The BBC Shop have got some great new Doctor Who figurines in - click on the images above for more info. These Doctor Who figurines are limited edition and hand-sculpted - check them out at the BBC Shop HERE and the details below.

• A Limited Edition 1:12 scale handpainted figurine / statue from the Doctor Who Collection
• Designed and Sculpted in Shropshire, England by Robert Harrop Designs
• Only 750 Figurines Worldwide
• Individually hand numbered with a unique number on the base
• Comes complete in a presentation box with information card and a Certificate of Authenticity
These amazing figurines are available to pre-order from the BBC Shop now. The items are currently listed as being in stock  from April 1. Order HERE.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists - Out Now in US

Blogtor's new Doctor Who book, The BIG Book of Lists, is now available to purchase in North America! You can find it on Amazon HERE and in your local book store! Featured below are two pieces of art from Doctor Who - The BIG Book of Lists by legendary artist Andrew Skilleter - click on the images for bigger versions. Buy The BIG Book of Lists HERE.


The book also features an EXCLUSIVE list from Doctor Who composer, Murray Gold - including some fascinating insights to his work and most popular themes and scores! Check out all the details on the title below.
Known for his popular lists, Cameron K. McEwan, author of The Who's Who of Doctor Who, is back with a book that compiles loads of fun facts and never-before-heard tidbits about the Whoniverse. (It's bigger on the inside!)

Pour over a wealth of fascinating lists about the TARDIS, Gallifrey, and Daleks, as the fandom unites in epic appreciation for The Doctor.

Organized by theme, Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists will cover everything over the past fifty years of the epic series including: doppelgangers, popular locales, regenerations, Gallifrey adventures, highest-rated episodes, plots, characters and loads more.

Accompanied by the incredible Doctor Who artwork of Andrew Skilleter and loaded with weird and interesting facts and quizzes, this is the perfect gift item for the Time Lord lover in your life.
Doctor Who - The BIG Book of Lists will be available in the rest of the world from May. In the UK, you can pre-order the book on Amazon HERE.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Peter Capaldi Celebrates 10 Years of New Who


The official Doctor Who YouTube channel has updated with two fantastic videos to celebrate ten years since the return of Who in 2005. In the player above you can watch Peter Capaldi's visit to the Doctor Who Experience where he lead the children in a chorus of "Happy Birthday!" See more pics HERE.  Below you can find the Top 10 most shared "New Who" videos from the YouTube page.

The Ninth Doctor #1 variants [UPDATE]

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Titan Comics have announced details of even more variant covers to accompany the first issue of their Doctor Who title, The Ninth Doctor #1. You can find 12 more covers HERE. Above you see (L-R): Alien Entertainment variant cover; Pop Culture Paradise variant cover by Mariano Laclaustra; Think Geek variant cover by Zak Simmonds-Hurn. Check out the details of the title below, which is out next week.

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott | Artist: Blair Shedd
Release Date: March 11, 2015

BRAND-NEW 5-PART MINI-SERIES STARRING THE NINTH DOCTOR AS PLAYED BY CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON!

WRITTEN BY THE CO-AUTHOR OF BESTSELLING ‘WHO-OLOGY’, CAVAN SCOTT

The Ninth Doctor is BACK with a brand-new miniseries: WEAPONS OF PAST DESTRUCTION!

Leaving World War II behind, The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack discover that Time Lord technology, lost in the wake of the Time War, is being sold on the intergalactic black market!

Now the threat of a NEW temporal war brews on the horizon. Can the Doctor stop history repeating itself?

Thanks to Titan Comics

AUDIO REVIEW: The Entropy Plague


The Entropy Plague
By Jonathan Morris

Starring: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding,
Mark Strickson and Sarah Sutton

Out now



There’s a lot to enjoy in The Entropy Plague. The TARDIS crew are forced to join a ragtag bunch of refugees desperately trying to escape from E-Space, while the ravages of entropy take hold. Making another forced landing on the planet Apollyon, The Doctor, Nyssa and Turlough go on the trail to try and find Tegan, following her sudden kidnapping during their escapades on Isenfel.

They find a society under extreme pressure, clinging to survival, yet infused by an almost celebratory sense of fatalism. There’s an escape route available, controlled by scientist Pallister in his citadel, guarded by his small army of sentinels. Departure from Apollyon requires that a macabre price be paid. The Doctor and his friends actually succeed in finding Tegan fairly early on in this adventure - turns out she’s been kidnapped by a crew of space pirates.

And that’s the point where my enjoyment of The Entropy Plague foundered. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with an adventure that mixes things up a bit, and as Doctor Who has demonstrated on countless occasions, bizarre juxtapositions can work very well. However, a swashbuckling, bloodthirsty band, “Ha-HARRRGH”-ing for all they’re worth, speaking in pirate patois: I’m afraid it felt to me as if they’d blundered into the middle of the wrong adventure. It’s perhaps understandable to attempt to bring some levity to what is a bleak and, at times, shocking tale, but I’d have happily enjoyed the adventure without the pirates in it at all.

Pallister exerts an iron control on the only route out of E-Space, or perhaps more accurately, iron-clad, in the form of his steam-and-clockwork powered robots. Robert Duncan brings just the right level of dangerous charm to an individual who has after all, maintained his stranglehold over the Apollyon portal back into N-Space in truly desperate times.

In truth though, the charm runs thin. Pallister has no hesitation in indiscriminately turning the firepower of his robotic sentinels against the refugee populace, the same populace which provides the power source for his portal-controlling machinery, in the truly grotesque form of human batteries. And as if things couldn’t get any worse, there’s the fearful prospect of roving Sandmen, spreading the titular plague amongst the camps outside Pallister’s citadel. Jonathan Morris introduces so many powerful images and concepts into this adventure, providing much for the listener to enjoy.

This really should be Nyssa’s story, considering the eventual outcome. The horror of seeing at close quarters the effects of entropy upon others, particularly knowing what happened to her home planet and the sacrifice she makes for her friends, knowing she’ll never see her children again remind the listener of the ordeals the Trakenite has faced.

It’s a shame then, about those pirates.

BLOGTOR RATING 6/10
Thanks to Big Finish


Doctor Who Magazine 485


IT'S 10 YEARS SINCE DOCTOR WHO RETURNED TO TELEVISION
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE CELEBRATES WITH FOUR VERY SPECIAL COVERS FOR ISSUE 485!

Ten years after the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) grabbed the arm of Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and told her to "Run!", Doctor Who is still going strong, as one of the greatest TV success stories of the past decade. Doctor Who Magazine celebrates this milestone with a special commemorative issue that comes with four different covers, each one featuring one of the twenty-first century Doctors – Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi!

Inside the issue, we look back on the show's success, with contributions from writers Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Robert Shearman, Paul Cornell, Toby Whithouse, Gareth Roberts, Chris Chibnall, Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson, as well as from BBC Head of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson, who gives his view on the future of Doctor Who...

ALSO INSIDE ISSUE 485 OF DWM
• Russell T Davies, the writer of the landmark first episode, Rose, and many other episodes since, looks back on his first Doctor Who script, and shares brand new information about bringing the Doctor back to our screens.


• DWM tracks down a guest star from each and every one of the ten Ninth Doctor adventures, including Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), Yasmin Bannerman (Jabe the Tree), Alan David (Gabriel Sneed), Alan Ruscoe (the Slitheen and other creatures), Barnaby Edwards (the Dalek), Bruno Langley (Adam Mitchell), Shaun Dingwall (Pete Tyler), Florence Hoath (Nancy), Annette Badland (Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer Day Slitheen) and Jo Joyner (Lynda 'with a Y' Moss).

• Doctor Who's first director of the modern era, Keith Boak, is interviewed, looking back on the making of Rose, Aliens of London and World War Three.

Doctor Who's first ever director, Waris Hussein, concludes his look back over the epic lost adventure from 1964, Marco Polo.

• DWM pays tribute to 1980s director Fiona Cumming, who passed away earlier in the year.

• The Doctor and Clara visit Antarctica in Part One of Blood and Ice, a brand-new comic strip written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.

• Steven Moffat answer readers’ questions – and speculates about Osgood's family connections!

• The DWM Crossword, prize-winning competitions, reviews, official news and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 485 is out on Thurs April 2, priced £4.99

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rose - Tenth Anniversary of "New Who"


Ten years ago today, the world became a better place with the return of Doctor Who to our television screens with the broadcast of Rose. Having been a lifelong fan, I couldn't quite believe it was back. And I couldn't quite believe just how much I was in love with the show again. In fact, much more than I had ever been (and I had once sent a drawing into Saturday Superstore, fact fans).

Russell T Davies had breathed new life into Doctor Who. Gave it a soul and vivaciousness and a lovable beating heart. He made it for everyone to watch and enjoy, to laugh and cry with and to endlessly chat about. That was an unexpected side-effect of New Who - normal people were watching it too. Not a day went by back in 2005 when someone in my day-to-day life didn't come up to me and chat about The Doctor and Rose. Doctor Who had been normalised ('cos before then it really wasn't cool to be a Who fan, really not cool).

Series One is perfect, it really is. Having just had a rewatch (over two days no less), I can safely say it's still fantastic. Still as engaging and captivating, and funny and charming. And, of course, heartbreaking.

So, thanks Russell for bringing Doctor Who back into my life in a way that it had never been before. Thank you to your team of Chris, Billie, Julie, Jane, Mal and all the rest who all brought it back onto BBC 1 on Saturday nights. Thank you for making the World's Greatest Television Show™ and doing so that it would last as long as it has. No mean feat in the current climate.

Included below, for your nostalgic needs, are some links to Series One articles that Blogtor has written for Metro, Digital Spy and Den of Geek. Hope you enjoy! x

• Top Ten Must Watch Doctor Who eps since 2005

• A look back at Rose

• 6 Ways New Who Series One Totally Nailed It

• Nerdy in-jokes from Doctor Who Series One

• 6 Things New Who Kept from the Classic Series

• The Class of 2005 - Where are the cast & crew of Doctor Who Series One now?



If you're in the mood for a podcast, then check the latest edition of the DWO WhoCast, featuring Blogtor Who's Cameron K McEwan and Doctor Who Online's Sebastian J Brook chatting about the return of Doctor Who in 2005 and the first episode Rose. You can listen HERE or check it out on iTunes HERE.


There's also the Blogtor Who Audio Commentary for Rose available, which you listen to in the player above, download HERE or check out on iTunes HERE. You can also check out all the other commentaries for Series One HERE.



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mark Gatiss talks Doctor Who Series 9 episode



Earlier this evening, actor and writer Mark Gatiss was a guest on BBC's The One Show where he chatted about his upcoming episode for Doctor Who Series 9 - watch a clip in the player above. Gatiss describes it as his most "frightening" story so far and the idea is one he's had for some time now. He also mentions the notion of a live episode of Doctor Who.

Also featured in the video is actress Juliet Stevenson, who would love to play a villain on Doctor Who. For more info, new and pics from Doctor Who Series 9, visit the episode guide HERE.

Doctor Who Adventures 363

Included here are the details and artwork for the latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures, out now. Click on the image for a bigger version.

The new issue of BBC Doctor Who Adventures, the magazine for all young Doctor Who fans, is out now!

There are 20 chances to win a copy of The Doctor and Clara’s most recent adventure on DVD – Last Christmas. This amazing adventure took the time-travellers into the world of dreams and the pair got to meet Father Christmas too…

The issue comes with two mystery Doctor Who gifts – what will you get?

PLUS
• A look at why we love Doctor Who
• Find out who’s back in the new series of Doctor Who later in the year.
• Fascinating facts about the Dream Crabs
• Who is K-9?
• An exciting adventure awaits the Alien Babies.
• Read an amazing comic strip for The Doctor and Clara in a story written by Simon Guerrier.
• The final guide to the 2014 episodes of Doctor Who.
• We’re off to Lanzarote for some brilliant behind-the-scenes secrets.
• Z is for Zygon in the final Monster A-Z
• Plus, make your own TARDIS!

Doctor Who Adventures Issue 363 is out from 25 March – 21 April, priced £3.99

Monday, March 23, 2015

Doctor Who Figurine Collection


The latest issues of the magazine, the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, are hitting shops now! Issue 42 comes with a figurine of a TERILEPTIL (from The Visitationwhilst Issue 43 features RUSTY THE DALEK (from Into the Dalek). For full details, visit their website HERE. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.