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Sunday, 29 August 2010

Series Six to be Split into Two Parts (UPDATED)

The BBC Press Office have revealed that the next series of Doctor Who is to be split. Read on for full details:

The BBC and Steven Moffat have announced today that the transmission of the next series of Doctor Who, in 2011, will be split into two blocks, transmitting in spring and autumn.


The split transmission is the result of a request from Steven Moffat to write a new Doctor Who story arc which involves a big plot twist in the middle of the series. By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.

Steven Moffat said: "The split series is hugely exciting because viewers will be treated to two premieres, two finales and more event episodes. For the kids it will never be more than a few months to the next Doctor Who! Easter, Autumn, Christmas!!"

UPDATE: Steven Moffat has confirmed that the series split is not as it you'd think it is:

“I kept referring to a mid-season finale. So we are going to make it two series – seven episodes at Easter building to an earth-shattering climax, a cliffhanger we could never normally do because it would be too long before it came back. An enormous game-changing cliffhanger that will change everything. The wrong expression would be to say we are splitting it in two. We are making it two separate series.”

So 2011 will feature two series of Doctor Who, both of what are short lived to seven episodes.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Revenge of the Cybermen Figure Set

Character Options have announced yet another classic Doctor Who figure set exclusive to Forbidden Planet:

Revenge of the Cybermen Figure Set
Join the inimitable Tom Baker and encounter Revenge of the Cybermen with this outstanding gift set from Forbidden Planet. Bring back fond Doctor Who memories onboard Space Station Nerva as bodies abound, Sarah Jane gets terrorized by Cybermats and the Fourth Doctor ends up turned into a Cyberbomb!

These exclusive figures of the the Cyber Leader and his two Cybermen Mark V buddies stand approximately 5" tall and arrive complete with a little Cybermat so you can get any Sarah Jane's screaming!

Volga must be destroyed before the Cybermen conquest of the galaxy can begin again!

The set is on sale from 17th November at Forbidden Planet stores priced £29.99.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Two New Weeping Angel Figure Variants

Two new varients of the Weeping Angel action figure is to be added to the Doctor Who series five figure range. The first varient is the regenerating Weeping Angel, but with a neutal face, and the second is the screaming/regnerated Weeping Angel, but 'weathered'. They should be on sale now at all good toystores priced £8.99 each.

Doctor Who Series Five Figure Advert

Character Options have revealed the commerical for the Doctor Who series five action figure range. You can watch it below:



The advert is to be shown on TV during commerical breaks from mid-September. The figures are on sale now priced £8.99 each.

Doctor Who DVD Files - Issue 43

The cover and info on this fornight's edition of the Doctor Who DVD Files:

IN ISSUE 43...
The Hand of Fear
Lord President
The Keeper of Traken
Earth in Danger
Commander Lynx
Shadow Architect
Dead In The Water
Bowie Base One
Sci-Fi Serious - Interview with Bob Baker

Issue 43 of the Doctor Who DVD Files is on sale now until 8th September at all good newsagents priced £6.99 per copy.

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 181

The cover and info on this week's edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

Make sure you get your hands on this week's issue of Doctor Who Adventures - it's full of shocking Cyberman facts and comes with a great Doctor Who gift, a massive monster stationery set!

As well as giving you the lowdown on everything to do with Cybermen, you can laugh your head off at our new Doctor Who jokes page. There's also a big competition to win a life-size cutout of either the TARDIS, the Doctor, Amy, a Dalek or a Weeping Angel. If you win, which one will you choose? All this and much more. Make sure you don't miss it!

Issue 181 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from today until 2nd September at all good newsagents priced £2.99 per copy.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

2010 Christmas Special Teaser Trailer? (UPDATED)

YouTube user dwcast25 posted they're first video onto YouTube today. It is apprently a teaser trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who 2010 Christmas special, but dwcast25 never speculated if the trailer is fanmade (as they are recognizable elements such as the series five promo images - edited with movement) or official (as the BBC logo is in the corner and there are unseen footage, even though it could be very good editing, or maybe the BBC added the promos not to give too much away). Check it out for yourself:



What do you think? Official or fanmade? In other news: the Radio Times have listed that the Doctor Who 2010 Prom that was filmed will broadcast on BBC Three on Monday 6th September at 8:30pm with a running time of an hour. More to come!

UPDATE: dwcast25 has confirmed that the trailer is or his own fanmade work and has posted a video showing how he made it. You can watch it here.

Torchwood Comics 4 & 5 Revealed

Titan Magazines have revealed the cover and synopsis for Issues four and five of the new Torchwood comic series:

Cardiff's resident alien hunters are back on case in these all-new issues of Torchwood, based on the hit BBC series!

Issue #4 brings the conclusion of Shrouded from Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto from Torchwood) and Pia Guerra (Y the Last Man). Issue #5 begins Somebody Else's Problem from Chris Cooper and Stephen Downey as Gwen faces an alien drug lord alone! And the back-up story Broken continues in each issue.

You can pre-order a copy of each comic from the Forbidden Planet website for £2.65 each (RRP £2.90), but make sure that you place your order before 31st October.

Monday, 23 August 2010

New Doctor Who Video Games - Covers & Info

SOURCES: Here & here

Asylum
have released info on two new Doctor Who video games:


Evacuation Earth - Intendo DS
The Doctor and Amy arrive at the Lake District to watch the humans leave the planet. Suddenly the TARDIS gets lifted from them and bolted onto the evacuation ship. They have to make their way onto the ship before it leaves

As the ship launches it has technical problems and they realise the Silurians have built a ship underneath. The Doctor finds a solution to make the ship work

Suddenly the Dalek ship smashes into the human one and splits the Silurian half off. It’s the Dalek ship that chased the Time Axis into the sun - they weren’t destroyed, they actually made a random jump several hundred years into the past

The Daleks are pleased that they can exact revenge on the Doctor but first they make him fix their ship. The Doctor goes along with their plan but tricks them into bolting the TARDIS onto their ship, which he promptly jumps into and uses to fling them into the nearest black hole.

Return to Earth - Wii
The Doctor and Amy help the SS Lucy Gray to return home to Earth, unravelling a Cyber Plot and preventing the Daleks from retrieving a lost Time Axis along the way.

The Doctor and Amy arrive on a human colony ship returning to Earth after it was rendered uninhabitable by solar flares. Without provocation they are attacked by the ship’s maintenance robots and become separated in the struggle.

The Doctor is eventually led to the ship’s Head Quarters, where he discovers a Cyber Leader has connected himself to the ships AI and is blackmailing it into doing his bidding, or else he’ll kill the crew.

Meanwhile the Cybermen that were hiding in the ship ambush Amy and chase her out into space.

Guide the Doctor and Amy as they face their biggest adventure yet!

Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth is available on Intendo DS and Return to Earth is available on Wii. Both are on sale from 29th October priced £34.99 per copy each.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

TUDWS' Second Birthday

Today, The Ultimate Doctor Who Site is two years old, thank you for everyone who reads and follows this blog and I hope you will keeping doing so.

Bigwhofan

Friday, 20 August 2010

Third Adventure Game Revealed!

The press release for the third Doctor Who Adventure Game has been released and confirms that the title of the game is TARDIS. Read on for further details:

It will feature monsters, terrifying new dangers for the Doctor and Amy and offers an amazing insight into the world's most famous blue box. It's also been announced that the game will give players the opportunity to pilot the Doctor's iconic time machine.

Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, confirmed, "Since 1963, kids have wondered what it would be like to control the TARDIS. Now we're handing complete control of the most powerful ship in all of space and time to a generation of children. Everybody duck!" He also told us, 'TARDIS is a brilliant, brilliant adventure. It's funny, touching, terrifying, amazing - everything a Doctor Who episode should be."

The official press release promised, "the game allows players to explore the Doctor's wondrous drawing room, featuring treasures and artefacts from his many adventures - a location specially created for the game, which will go on to form part of the Doctor Who canon."

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan return as the Doctor and Amy and once again the game is executive produced by Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Anwen Aspden (BBC Wales Interactive), alongside Charles Cecil. Music is by Murray Gold and TARDIS is written by James Moran whose previous credits include Torchwood, Spooks and the Tenth Doctor story, The Fires of Pompeii.

It's the third Adventure Game and will be available at no extra cost to UK households, simultaneously on PC and Mac from the official Doctor Who site. Users outside the UK will be able to purchase and download it on its UK release date, 27 August.

We'll be bringing you updates and interviews as we get closer to TARDIS materialising!

So as a reminder: The third Doctor Who Adventure Game, TARDIS will be available to download from the official Doctor Who website from next Friday. More to come!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 180

The cover and info on this week's edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

You’ll get a cool Dalek spinner and stickers with this week’s Doctor Who Adventures!

And inside your issue, there’s loads of need-to-know Dalek data…

Find out all the essential facts about Dalek ships - even how to test drive one!

Check out Matt Smith’s answers to more of your brilliant questions (is he really a good dancer in real life?)

Plus, as well as the usual fantastic posters, you’ll get a amazing Dalek ‘Wanted’ poster, find out how cool and creepy Doctor Who sounds are made in our backstage special (shh - there’s lots of celery involved!), get your brain whirring with our huge cracked crossword, find out which scene won our ‘funniest clangers’ award and read a brand-new comic adventure starring the Doctor and Amy!

Wow - ALL THAT in one magazine - maybe Doctor Who Adventures uses Time Lord TARDIS technology!

Issue 180 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 26th August priced £2.20 per copy.

New Doctor Who Series Five Figure Variants!

Character Options have revealed three new variant figures based on figures from the Doctor Who series five wave:

Professor Bracewell (with Gloved Hand)
Dalek Ironside (with Fabric Headlight Covers)
Weeping Angel (Looped; Transparent)

The figures are on sale from 19th September priced £8.99 each.

Doctor Who DVD Files - Issue 42

The cover and info on this fornight's edition of the Doctor Who DVD Files:

IN ISSUE 42...
The Visitation
Dalek Caan
Tribophysical Waveform Macro-Kinetic Extrapolator
Daleks and Zombies
Miss Foster
Sanctuary Base Staff
The Rani
Robots and Reboots - Interview with Terrance Dicks

Issue 42 of the Doctor Who DVD Files is on sale now at all good newsagents until 25th August priced £6.99 per copy.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Torchwood: The New World - Teaser Synopsis

The Starz Pressroom have released the first official synopsis for the forthcoming series of Torchwood:

When CIA agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy, he finds himself unearthing a threat which challenges the entire Human race.

The answers seem to lie within an old, secret British institute, known only as Torchwood. But Torchwood was destroyed, years ago, and the keys to the institute are held by its only two survivors - former police officer Gwen Cooper, who has long since disappeared along with her husband and child, and the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, a man whose history seems to stretch back centuries.

With Rex under attack from all sides, in both the US and the UK, he soon discovers there are forces at work within every level of society, determined to stop Torchwood’s return. As a chain of events across the world links together, the most disparate and unlikely individuals - including a surgeon, a killer, senators and CEOs - a new Torchwood team takes shape. But this time, the threat is much closer to home, as they realize that their greatest enemy is mankind itself…

Filming for Torchwood: The New World begins in January 2011 and is to broadcast the following Summer. More to come!

New Fourth Doctor & K.9 Figure Set!

Character Options have revealed yet another Forbidden Planet exclusive classic Doctor Who figure set:

This Doctor masked his brilliant and inventive mind behind a fa├žade of bohemian eccentricity. The longest lived incarnation of the Doctors so far, he was forced to change his body after losing a fight with his old enemy the Master and falling from a radio telescope to the ground beneath him…

K-9 is a mobile computer in the shape of a dog. He was constructed by Professor Marinus to be a companion for him whilst working at a medical foundation in deep space. K-9 is both a huge database and has defensive capabIlities, being equipped with a retractable laser in his nose which can be set to stun or kill. He can integrate with virtually any computer system including the TARDIS and has also helped the Doctor escape many a tricky and dangerous situation.

The Doctor rebuilt K-9 several times, upgrading and improving each version.

In this exclusive release you get the Fourth Doctor in his famous season 18 burgundy outfit and featuring a stunning new head sculpt. He is accompanied by the trusty K-9.

The set is on sale at Forbidden Planet stores only from 30th September priced £19.99. You can pre-order it here.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Design a Sarah Jane Adventures Game!

The Doctor Who interactive team are looking for... well, watch the video and read on for more info:

Calling all sound and visual designers!

Mad about games? Sound effects? Visual design? Ever wondered how they’re made?



Doctor Who is looking for young designers with fresh ideas to work with their teams and help create a new The Sarah Jane Adventures game for CBBC. Enter our competition by making some sound effects and/or designing a spaceship for the Krulius, an alien on The Sarah Jane Adventures website. The closing date is 5pm on Monday, 11th October 2010.

The prize:

Up to 8 winners will be selected to attend a two day master class on 23rd and 24th October 2010 with leading industry professionals involved in games design. They will work alongside sound designers, visual designers and games executives to produce an online game for The Sarah Jane Adventures website.

That's all for now, folks!

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 425

The cover and info on this month's edition of Doctor Who Magazine:

Be in Seventh Heaven - with Doctor Who Magazine #425!

In his most candid interview to date, lavishly illustrated with never-before-seen photos, SYLVESTER McCOY talks at length to DWM about his long career, on being the Seventh Doctor - and what he thinks about Doctor Who today…

“I’m delighted that they’ve done such a good job in bringing it back. I’m so proud to have that connection with this very successful programme. It wasn’t allowed to be successful when I was doing it. At the time, I didn’t know why. It was only afterwards that I realised I wasn’t given a fair crack of the whip. I wish I had been…”

Also in this issue:

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIMEY-WIMEY!
Time travel - what are the rules? And can those rules be broken? In an in-depth feature, DWM examines the knotty problems of paradoxes and time loops, and explores the incredible phenomenon of timey-wimeyness throughout the history of Doctor Who!

A NIGHT AT THE PROMS!
It’s the music event of the year! DWM dons its dinner jacket and journeys to the Royal Albert Hall to talk exclusively to the people responsible for the Doctor Who Prom, including composer MURRAY GOLD, conductor BEN FOSTER and executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT. Packed with behind-the-scenes photos from the Prom, this is the definitive account of the making of the show!

THE GOLDEN AGE OF TELEVISION!
The Doctor and Amy take a trip to Tokyo and discover that too much TV can be really, really bad for kids, in the first episode of a brand new comic strip adventure by Jonathan Morris and Martin Geraghty - THE GOLDEN ONES!

ART TREASURES OF HISTORY!
What have a Roman mosaic, a painting by Toulouse Lautrec and a long, floppy scarf got in common? They all feature in the brand new audio series starring TOM BAKER as the Fourth Doctor, Demon Quest! DWM catches up with the legendary Tom, co-stars RICHARD FRANKLIN and SUSAN JAMESON, writer PAUL MAGRS and many more in an exclusive report from the recording of the adventures!

THE WORLD’S GREATEST PLAYWRIGHT!
William Shakespeare - the most talented dramatist in history or a letch with bad breath? Find out the truth (according to Doctor Who!) behind the man and his works, as The Fact of Fiction extracts every nuance of meaning from the literary triumph that is the 2007 Tenth Doctor adventure, THE SHAKESPEARE CODE!

THE WRITER’S TALE
Doctor Who’s head writer, STEVEN MOFFAT, reveals all about being shy, being recognised, and the Eleventh Doctor’s most recent adventure - defusing a bomb at the Proms! - in Production Notes.

THE ANGEL OF THE NORTH!
DWM catches up with Hex, the hunky nurse who accompanies the Seventh Doctor and Ace on their audio adventures, aka actor PHILIP OLIVIER, who reveals his experiences of attending conventions, being recognised in the street and what he really thinks about Doctor Who fans…

PLUS!
All the latest official news, previews, reviews, competitions and much, much more!

Issue 425 of Doctor Who Magazine is on sale at all good newsagents from Thurday 19th August until 16th September priced £4.20 per copy.

Friday, 13 August 2010

New Third Doctor Sonic Screwdriver & the Master & Axon

Underground Toys have revealed two new classic Doctor Who toys - exclusive to Forbidden Planet:

The Master & Axon Figure Set
An approaching alien spaceship is detected on monitoring equipment at UNIT HQ, where the Brigadier is entertaining two visitors - Chinn, a civil servant making a security inspection, and Bill Filer, an American agent sent to discuss the threat of the Master. The ship lands in England and the UNIT team meet its occupants a beautiful golden-skinned race of humanoids called Axons. The Axons claim that their ship, Axos, is damaged and that they need time in which to repair it. In return, they offer Axonite, a substance that can cause animals to grow to enormous sizes and thus end global food shortages.


The Doctor is suspicious, and rightly so, Axos, Axonite and the Axons are all part of one hideous parasitic entity brought to Earth by the Master to feed on the planet's energy and consume it. The Doctor manages to materialise his TARDIS, with the Master on board, at the centre of the Axos ship. Outmanoeuvring the Master the Doctor offers to link the two ships together to make one giant time machine, on condition that Axos in return helps him to take revenge on the Time Lords for exiling him to Earth. The trick works, and Axos is locked in a time loop from which it can never escape. The Doctor returns to Earth in the TARDIS, where he reluctantly admits to the Brigadier that the Master has escaped.

In this exclusive Underground Toys action figure set we present the Master, the arch enemy of the Doctor first played by Roger Delgado in the 3rd Doctor adventure Terror of the Autons. This set comprises of both the Master in his iconic suit with his Tissue Compression Eliminator weapon accessory and an Axon creature as they appeared together in the adventure The Claws of Axos. This was the first and only appearance of the Axons.

Third Doctor Sonic Screwdriver
The Sonic Screwdriver is a versatile tool and defensive device first used by The Doctor in his second incarnation for opening up hatches, panels and controls. later uses included cutting through wall sections and even as a conventional screwdriver.


During the third Doctor's exile on Earth he had a larger and more elaborately detailed version, which has a decorated silver handle and black and yellow stripes. This version has even more functions including detecting security traps, remote detonation of mines, opening doors and restraints, creating ignitions sparks and again removing screws and fixings.

In this exclusive release, we present an electronic version of the third Doctor's sonic screwdriver with two sounds and spring loaded sound activation!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 179

The cover and info on this week's edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

This week's issue of Doctor Who Adventures comes with THREE brilliant gifts! You'll get a whole pack of Dalek playing cards, a giant two-sided poster and loads of cool stickers. Plus, if you're a lucky golden ticket winner, you'll win another gift!

Once you rip your mag out of its bag, you'll find loads of awesome stuff inside! There's the ultimate Dalek guide to all the creepy pepperpots we've met (there's loads!), vital facts on the Doctor's sonic screwdriver, a terrifying travel guide all about Leadworth (avoid it at all costs!), exclusive info on what it's like being a Doctor Who monster, a yucky look at foul food (what snacks make you go 'ooh' and 'eew'?), a new comic adventure starring the Doctor and Amy and loads more besides!

What's more, if you find a lucky golden ticket inside your mag, you've won a mystery prize! It could be a cool Weeping Angel figure, a Doctor and Amy figure or even a remote-control 13" Dalek Drone. Grab your mag now!

Issue 179 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 19th August priced £2.20 per copy.

New Doctor Who Figure Triple Packs - Tesco Exclusives (UPDATED)

Character Options have revealed four new Doctor Who triple figure packs that are on sale now, exclusively at Tesco stores:

Three exclusive Doctor Who action figure pack that includes three 5 inch action figures of key characters from the hit TV series. Suitable for children ages 5 years and over.

SERIES 1 PACK INCLUDES...
Graske
Sycorax Leader (with Whip & Staff)
Grey Suited Auton

SERIES 2 PACK INCLUDES...
Possessed Toby Zed
10th Doctor (in 3D Glasses & with Sonic Screwdriver)
Sarah Jane Smith

SERIES 3 PACK INCLUDES...
Regenerated Master
Old & Anicent Doctors
Bannakaffalatta (with EMP Device & Removeable Shirt)

SERIES 4 PACK INCLUDES...
Judoon Captain (with Blaster)
Sontaran General Staal (with Cane & Removeable Helmet)
25 Adipose

The sets are on sale now at Tesco stores with a toy section priced £20.00 each. You can also order the sets from the Tesco Direct website.

UPDATE: The sets are now on sale at discount price of £10.00 each. Get them while you can!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Doctor Who Specials Soundtrack - Cover & Info (UPATED)

Silva Screen Records and BBC Audio have revealed the cover and info on the Doctor Who Series 4 Specials soundtrack:

The opening track, Vale is a cue from the larger work Vale Decem (loosely translated as Farewell Ten), which the music builds towards as the departure of the Tenth Doctor becomes imminent. The full version of Vale Decem is at the end of Disc 2.

TRACKLISTING:

DISC 1
1. Vale
2. A Victorian Christmas
3. Not the Doctor
4. A Bit of a Drag
5. In the Sea of Memory
6. Hidden in the Closet
7. The Wonder of Balloons
8. A Forceful Intelligence
9. The Greats of Past Time
10. The March of the Cybermen
11. Goodbyes
12. A Disturbance in the Night
13. The Cat Burglar
14. Alone in the Desert
15. A Special Sort of Bus
16. Stirring in the Sands
17. Lithuania
18. Letter to Earth
19. By Water Borne...
20. The Fate of Little Adelaide
21. Altering Lives

DISC 2
1. We Shall Fare Well
2. A Frosty Ood
3. A Dream of Catastrophe
4. All in the Balance
5. A Ruined Gaol
6. Wilf’s Wiggle
7. Minnie Hooper
8. The End Draws Near
9. Gallifrey
10. Final Days
11. The Council of the Time Lords
12. The Master Suite
13. The Ruined Childhood
14. A Chaotic Escape
15. The World Waits
16. A Longing to Leave
17. A Lot of Life Behind Us
18. Dealing with the Menace
19. Speeding to Earth
20. The Time Lords’ Last Stand
21. The Clouds Pass
22. Four Knocks
23. Song for Ten (Reprise)
24. Vale Decem
25. Vale
26. The New Doctor

The Doctor Who: Series Four Specials soundtrack is on sale from 20th September at all good CD stores priced £11.99 per copy and iTunes for £11.99 (£0.99 per song). In other news: Silva Screen have confirmed that a Doctor Who series five sountrack will be on sale this coming November. More details coming soon.

UPDATE: Due to delays, the soundtrack's release has been pushed back to 4th October.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Torchwood: The New World Revealed!

Various news sources have confirmed that the overall title for series four of Torchwood is The New World. Read on for 'juicy' info on the title as well as the new series:

The Hollywoord Reporter:

The new story will follow a CIA agent (Rex) and analyst (Ester) who tackle an alien-related global issue.

Torchwood, having been destroyed and disbanded, is "like a legend now ... it's like something that's ceased to exist and is now spoken of only in whispers." Soon, Rex and Ester are on the run and are seeking out the help of Captain Jack and Gwen.

"The two teams coming together is a big part of the story - are they friends or enemies? There's a lot of sparks and excitement."

"We definitely have a really big story to tell," added executive producer Julie Gardner. "It's absolutely rebooted to welcome in a new audience."

The ten episodes will be very fast paced, telling a self-contained story with the miniseries Children of Earth being used as a template.

Being on Starz, the show could potentially take advantage of looser standards for nudity and violence.

"I've always had loose standards and practices," Davies said. "If the story demands intimacy or savagery, we will go there absolutely ... [but] there's nothing better than a great big global thriller that stops for a sex scene - it's probably hard to make that happen in a thriller."

USA Today:

New is the operative word. The team has left Wales for America, as creator Russell T. Davies has left Britain for Los Angeles. The case will tie the two remaining Torchwood members (Jack and Eve Myles's Gwen) to the CIA, and will expand into a world-wide threat. And yet, says Davies, it "will be faithful" to the BBC original.

Davies says this story, which "had been ticking away in my mind for a long while," had not been planned as a Torchwood story at all. "And suddenly I thought, there's a popular show, there's a great story, let's put them together. It felt like it definitely could move forward and become new again."

Though it will be newer and bigger, the tone won't change, says Davies. Barrowman's Jack will still be TV's only bi-sexual hero, character will still be stressed, and humor will still play a large part in the show's make-up.

"I sit there in the editing room saying 'Don't cut that joke! Cut the plot, cut the murder, cut the story, but don't cut the joke.' It will always be a cheeky show."

Filming for Torchwood: The New World starts January 2011 and will broadcast on BBC One in the UK and Starz in the US the following summer.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Latest Merchandise News!

The latest news from the universe of Doctor Who:

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 178

Cover and info on this week's edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

With this week's issue of Doctor Who Adventures, you'll get an amazing Weeping Angels stationery set PLUS another cool mystery gift! Your favourite monster mag is bursting with exciting stuff.

Take a look at the huge group of creatures who tried to trap the Doctor in the Pandorica (can you remember them all?), find out who won our meanest villain award, pull out four amazing posters, relive the moment that the Doctor realised he and his friends were surrounded by Weeping Angels, check out a brand-new Who adventure in our comic and make your very own Smiler - they're easy to do and very creepy!


Issue 178 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale now at all good newsagents unitl 12th August priced £2.10 per copy.

The Eleventh Doctor: Matt Smith - Cover & Info

BBC Books
have released the cover and synopsis on an upcoming Doctor Who book:


Who is the Eleventh Doctor? How did he get the part? And what’s it like stepping into some of the biggest shoes on television?

Find out all about Matt Smith’s first year as the Doctor, with exclusive interviews about life in the TARDIS, his adventures, co-stars and behind the scenes, as well as all the essential facts about Matt himself! Packed with gorgeous pictures and fascinating facts, as well as a pull-out poster of Matt for your bedroom wall!


Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: Matt Smith
is on sale from 7th October at all good book stores priced £6.99 per copy.

Blue Strategist Dalek Figure added to Doctor Who Series 5 Wave 1 Assortment

Character Options
have added the new blue Strategist Dalek figure to the latest Doctor Who series five action figure assortment. The Strategist Dalek figure will be released later this month at all good toy retailers priced £8.99. The figure is also currently available as a remote controlled figure and is priced £14.99.


Torchwood Comic - Issue 1: The Selkie & Broken: Part 1

The first issue of a new Torchwoood comic series is set to go on sale at Forbidden Planet stores in America on 10th August. Read below for more details:


The hit BBC TV series hits the world of comics!


Tommy Lee Edwards and John Barrowman team up for Titan’s new Torchwood comic!


Acclaimed artist Tommy Lee Edwards, currently working with outspoken TV personality Jonathan Ross on the hit comic series Turf, has teamed up with John Barrowman (Torchwood’s Captain Jack) and his sister and frequent coworker Carole E. Barrowman, to produce Captain Jack and the Selkie.


Captain Jack and the Selkie
is one of two original Torchwood stories in issue #1 and sees Jack facing a deadly threat on a remote Scottish island, where people are disappearing one by one. To his horror, Jack starts to suspect he may know who, or rather what, is responsible.


Barrowman is overjoyed to have worked with Edwards, who he describes as one of his favorite artists. The pair began their collaboration when Barrowman and his sister Carole came across a poster of Captain Jack at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con.


“Tommy and Trevor had drawn a brilliant poster of my face super-imposed over the Face of Boe, which I think is the best piece of Captain Jack art I’ve seen,” said Barrowman.


“The four of us hit it off immediately and I asked if they’d ever be interested in working with us on a Captain Jack project. They thought about it for, oh, about 30 seconds, and so Captain Jack and the Selkie was born!”


The second story is part one of a special five-part story written by Torchwood TV script editor Gary Russell. Entitled Broken, the story sees Captain Jack, Gwen and Ian to get trapped in a cosmic hotel, while an old villain from the TV series returns.

Artwork for Broken is provided by Adrian Salmon, whose work includes the Cybermen for Doctor Who Magazine and Judge Karyn for the Judge Dredd Megazine.


Two collectible covers will be available for each issue - an art cover and a picture cover. British comic book artist Ian Churchill, whose work includes Superman for DC Comics and Avengers, Deadpool, and X-Men for Marvel, has drawn the art cover for issue #1. An alternate cover, also drawn by Churchill, will be available exclusively at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.


You can pre-order an exclusive edition of the first comic
here from Forbidden Planet if you live outside the USA for £2.65 per copy. A trailer for the comic has also been released and you can view it here on YouTube. In other news: The title for the next Torchwood series (which is made up of ten hour-long episodes) is rumoured to be (highlight the following gap if you like spoilers) The New World. Rumours also suggest that it will air next Summer. Filming for the series starts January 2011. More to come!