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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 246

The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

"Hey, you! You sitting at the back! Yes, you lot, who are sneakily reading this in class! Your teacher is really a Hive Monster from Framasis Major and she’s going to eat you before break time!"

"Quick! Run! Pheui - that was close! Let’s hope none of the rest of you have omnivorous teachers…"



This weeks issue comes with a mobile phone kit (phone sock, lanyard and screen wipe) and has some amazing prizes to win every day.


Also inside…

How to Survive an Alien Invasion
The Ultimate Quiz
Tardis Scanner
Draw this Sontaran
Harvest of Doom
Sneaky Secrets of The Doctor's Wife
My Monster Day
Plus much more

Issue 246 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from tomorrow at all good newsagents  until 7th December priced £2.20 per copy. In other news: The BBC Media Centre have confirmed that this year's Doctor Who Christmas special will broadcast at 7:00pm on Christmas Day.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

New Doctor Who Themed Radio Times Cover

The current issue of Radio Times magazine features a Doctor Who themed cover promoting the upcoming Christmas special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, read on for further details:

The new issue of Radio Times, on sale this weekend and covering listings for 3-9 December, features a snowy Doctor Who cover, and a sneak preview of the new Christmas special. Inside, Matt Smith, Alexander Armstrong, Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir talk about making the Christmas episode.

Inside, Matt Smith previews the special: “Whereas last year felt more like a Christmas romp, there’s a slow-burning, ethereal magic to this. We’ve covered a whole forest in snow. The scale is vast and there’s just something wonderfully magical about it because it’s never that snowy in this country, except maybe in Scotland … and on the telly. It does it for you: all the snow and the lovely smell of the pine trees. I’m really, really looking forward to Christmas now.”

Matt also speaks about pulling off his own fiery stunt: “Believe me, the fireball does so much of the acting for you. It was only afterwards that I realised I could have been seriously charred.
“I’ve been really enjoying it. Hopefully we’ll see more action/adventure-y Doctor next season.” and that the Christmas special monster is “going to be ones of our best. The design is classic.”

Bill Bailey describes his Who debut as “the equivalent of a knighthood.”

This issue of Radio Times magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 2nd December priced £1.20 per copy.

Friday, 25 November 2011

DW: The Keeper of Traken Figure Set - FB Exclusive

Character Options have revealed their latest classic Doctor Who figure set, exclusive to Forbidden Planet:

The Fourth Doctor and Adric learn from the wizened Keeper of Traken that a great evil has come to his planet in the form of a Melkur - a calcified statue. The Keeper is nearing the end of his reign and seeks the Doctor’s help in preventing the evil from taking control of the bioelectronic Source that is the keystone of the Traken Union’s civilisation.

The Melkur, via various deceptions, becomes the next Keeper. It is then, however, revealed to be the Master’s Tarfid. Its owner, still blackened and emaciated, hopes to use the Source’s power to regenerate himself. The Doctor manages to expel him and install a new Keeper in his place, but in a last minute ploy the Master traps one of the Traken Consuls, Tremas, and merges with his body before fleeing the planet.

Contents:
The Fourth Doctor in Waistcoat 
The Master Decayed
The Melkur Statue action figure.
Master’s Tardis as a Grandfather Clock
Source Manipulator Sphere accessory

The set is on sale from 15th December exclusively at Forbidden Planet stores priced £39.99 per purchase.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Doctor Who: Series 6 Soundtrack - Cover & Info

Silva Screen have revealed the cover and tracklist for the soundtrack to the sixth series of Doctor Who:

DISC ONE
01. I Am the Doctor in Utah
02. 1969
03. The Impossible Astronaut
04. Trust Me
05. Help is On its Way
06. Another Perfect Prison
07. Greystark Hall
08. Apollo 11
09. Day of the Moon
10. I See You Silence
11. You’re a Dead Man
12. Deadly Siren
13. Perfect Reflection
14. All For One
15. The Curse of the Black Spot
16. I’ve Got Mail
17. My TARDIS
18. Run, Sexy
19. Locked On
20. The Chemical Castle
21. Which One is the Flesh?
22. Scanning Me
23. Ransacked
24. Always With the Rory
25. Double Doctor
26. Tell Me the Truth
27. Loving Isn’t Knowing (The Almost People Suite)
28. River’s Waltz
29. Pop
30. Tell Me Who You Are
31. Melody Pond

DISC TWO
01. Growing Up Fast
02. The Blush of Love
03. Terror of the Reich
04. The British are Coming
05. A Very Unusual Melody
06. When a River Forms
07. Pay Attention Grown Ups
08. The Enigma of River Song
09. Bedtime For George
10. Tick Tock Round the Clock
11. A Malevolent Estate
12. Night Terrors
13. Apalapucia
14. 36 Years
15. Lost in the Wrong Stream
16. The Hotel Prison
17. Room of Your Dreams
18. Fear Enough
19. What’s Left to be Scared of?
20. Rita Praises
21. Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All
22. Definitely Going
23. Over Your Shoulder
24. Ladieswear
25. Fragrance
26. My Time is Running Out
27. Tick Tock (Vocal Track)
28. 5:02 PM
29. The Head of an Enemy
30. My Silence
31. Brigadier Lethbridge - Stewart
32. Forgiven
33. Time is Moving
34. The Wedding of River Song
35. The Majestic Tale (of a Madman in a Box)

The Doctor Who series six soundtrack is on sale from 19th Decembet at all good CD stores priced £11.99 per copy.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Doctor Who - 48 Years On...

48 years ago to this day, the first ever Doctor Who episode, An Unearthly Child, broadcasted for the first time on BBC Television. 48 years on, and the show as produced 32 successful series consisting of over 200 stories within 783 episodes, 1 movie and 5 animations, as well as a bunch of mini-episodes well and 4 spin-off shows. Next up in the series is The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe -  coming this Christmas to BBC One and BBC One HD.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, DOCTOR WHO

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 245

The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

"I love Christmas. Even present shopping isn’t a problem for me, thanks to the Tardis!"

"I just do it all next January, so I already know what I gave to my mates, and if they liked whatever it was I gave them. Or not. Usually not. As for cool Christmas TV, have a sneaky peek at page 6!"


This week issue comes with an advent calendar and 4 mega Who games, Dalek War, Tardis twister, Who battle and a board game with dice and counters.

Also in this issue…
Night Time Scares
Christmas Secrets Blabbed
Dalek Doku
10 Things You Might Not Know about Sontarans
Dog of War
Destination 1941
Making stormcage 
Plus much more

Issue 245 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from 24th November at all good newsagents until 30th November priced £2.99 per copy.

DW: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe - Synopsis

The BBC Media Centre has released the synopsis for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special:

THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE - by Steven Moffat
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…

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe will broadcast Christmas Day on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 441

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

It’s not quite Christmas, but Doctor Who Magazine issue 441 is offering a modest hint at what’s in store with an exclusive, in-depth interview with producer Marcus Wilson!

“It’s Christmas turned up to 12. It’s the most Christmassy Christmas Special we’ve ever seen. It’s a lovely, heart-warming, touching tale. It’s literally magical. It’s full of the usual concoction of things that spew out of Steven’s imagination. You’re going, ‘How can you have that and that in the same story?’ – and yet it works…”

ALSO THIS ISSUE:

HOLDING THE BABY
DWM
talks to Closing Time director, Steve Hughes, who reveals the secrets of turning a department store into a haunted house, giving the Cybermats teeth, and defending the honour of Adric!

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
DWM
goes behind the scenes of Serpend Crest, AudioGO’s latest series of audio dramas featuring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, and talks exclusively to David Troughton - who joins the cast to take on his father’s role as the Second Doctor!

HERE’S TO THE FUTURE!
Executive producer Steven Moffat writes about experiencing Christmas in the snow, his plans for Doctor Who in 2012, and the series’ 50th anniversary, in Production!

SCHOOL WINNERS!
DWM
joins the crew of Doctor Who Confidential and visits the pupils of Oakley Junior School to meet MATT SMITH and watch their winning entry for the Script to Screen competition, Death is the Only Answer - featuring Albert Einstein and an Ood!

AND THE WINNERS ARE…
The results of the DWM merchandise poll for the most popular books, audios, and DVDs of 2010 are revealed at last - along with your views on DWM itself!

SHOCK RETURN
The Fact of Fiction is filled with fascinating facts and sinister Cybermen, as it focuses its attention on the much-loved Fifth Doctor adventure from 1982, Earthshock!

LET’S HAVE A PARTY… OR NOT?
As the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who approaches in 2013, how best to mark the occasion - celebrate the past with a multi-Doctor extravaganza or pave the way to the future with something new, original and completely unexpected? There’s only one way to decide… get debating duo Toby Hadoke and Johnny Candon to argue the toss in A Battle of Wits!

THE CHILD OF TIME
The Doctor, Amy and Alan Turing face their ultimate encounter with the time-twisting Chiyoko in the thrilling climax to the Eleventh Doctor’s latest comic-strip adventure, The Child of Time by Jonathan Morris with art by Martin Geraghty!

GOING FOURTH
It’s the season that saw the return of the Daleks, the Cybermen and the Sontarans… and the very first appearance of Davros! Discover more as DWM’s Countdown to 50 looks back at 1974/5’s Series Twelve and the d├ębut of Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor.

IT’S ALL BEEN FANTASTIC!
The Time Team shed a tear as they reach the end of the Ninth Doctor era with The Parting of the Ways - what will Emma, Michael, Chris and Will make of the Time Lord’s encounter with the Dalek Emperor and the Bad Wolf?

PLUS! 
All the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more!

Issue 441 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale now at all good newsagents until 14th December priced £4.50 per copy.

Friday, 18 November 2011

First Trailer & Title Revealed for 2011 Christmas Special

The first trailer for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special was shown on BBC Children in Need earlier this evening, you can watch it above. The title was also revealed, which is (highlight gap below to reveal spoiler)

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

The Doctor Who 2011 Christmas special will broadcast on Christmas Day on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is yet to be confirmed.

BBC Children in Need - Tonight!

BBC Children in Need 2011 is to air it's seven-hour long live TV broadcast from BBC Television Centre tonight from 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD. Features of the evening include:

On November 18th, BBC Children in Need’s annual Appeal Night returns. Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton and Alesha Dixon will present one of television’s biggest nights of the year, live from BBC Television Centre. 

In an appeal with more associated programming than ever before, this will see the high point of the 2011 campaign. TV’s biggest names will give their all with a massive array of sketches, musical acts, live guests and plenty of glamour. 

One Direction will open the Appeal Night programme, with music guests including JLS, Westlife, Susan Boyle and specially formed for Children in Need The Collective (featuring Gary Barlow, Ed Sheeran, Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk, Ms. Dynamite, Tulisa, Wretch 32, Rizzle Kicks, Mz Bratt, Dot Rotten and Labrinth) with the Children in Need single "Teardrop".

Kylie Minogue, Daniel Craig, Jessie J, Cheryl Cole, Zoe Ball and EastEnders’ Jo Joyner will all make appeal film contributions; Lord Sugar will enter the Dragons’ Den in The Dragons’ Apprentice and there’ll be sketches from Vic & Bob and a special edition of Russell Howard’s Good News.

The cast of EastEnders will rock Albert Square as The Vic does Queen, the cast of Hollyoaks will appear live in the studio, and there will be a performance of "Hey Hey We’re the Monkees" from the Outnumbered kids and Gok Wan will also be singing his own number. The Muppets will lead an all-star version of the classic song "Manah, Manah" with Miss Piggy and Kermit joined by a cast ranging from Harry Hill and Davina McCall to Gary Lineker and Alan Hansen.

In a cornerstone of the evening, Gareth Malone will lead a 10-strong choir who will link up live with 3,000 children from all over the UK including Bristol, Leeds, the West Midlands, Glasgow, Manchester, Cornwall, Cardiff, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, South East Kent, London, Hull, Norwich, Southampton, Newcastle and Leicester. 

The Newsreaders - Emily Maitlis, Sophie Raworth, Susanna Reid and Sian Williams - try their hand at ballroom and face Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood with their own Strictly Challenge. Nick Knowles will be in the studio for DIYSOS: The Big Build to celebrate their biggest makeover to date, and there’ll be an exclusive sneak peek at the Doctor Who Christmas special. The casts of Rock of Ages and The Wizard of Oz will also be live in the studio. 

There will be regional opt-outs so that each part of the nation can see what’s happening in their area to support BBC Children in Need.

Viewers across Northern Ireland will be treated to a fantastic night of entertainment including stories from local children and young people who have been supported by the charity and the fun and unusual ways in which local people have been raising money to make a difference this year. 

BBC Scotland will be hosting its Children in Need extravaganza live from its headquarters at Pacific Quay, presented by Jackie Bird in front of an audience of fundraisers. Along with a variety of top class comedians and performers, a special choir made up of children from all over Scotland will be singing on the night, with all the performances shown in a special highlights programme to go out on Saturday 19th November. 

BBC Cymru Wales will be broadcasting live from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff for this year’s appeal in Wales, hosted by Wales Today presenters Lucy Owen and Jamie Owen. Singing live on the night will be a Welsh choir made up of boys and girls aged 11-13 from schools in Cardiff and Newport. They’ll be ready to wow viewers at home as they link-up with choirs from around the UK, coming together under the baton of choirmaster Gareth Malone. 

Throughout the evening and for a highlights programme on Saturday 19 November, well-known Welsh personalities including Rhod Gilbert, Eve Myles, Connie Fisher and Colin Jackson will be showing how people’s money helps make a difference for disadvantaged children and young people in Wales.

There’ll be totaliser updates of the growing appeal total throughout the evening as the nation pulls together to support disadvantaged children throughout the UK. 

As well as a preview of the Christmas special, Doctor Who fans are treated also with the title of the episode, a mini sketch starring Matt Smith and news of a competition auction for Children in Need where you could win the Eleventh Doctor's costume, more info can be found here

Thousands of children around the UK are living in poverty, dealing with difficult lives and being abused, could you help them? Please, call 0345 7 33 22 33 to donate money to Children in Need. For more details and to donate online, head over to the official Children in Need website here.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Latest News from Doctor Who!

FIRST IMAGE FROM 2011 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL RELEASED
The BBC have released the first promotional image for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, click here to download it. The title of the special is to be revealed on BBC Children in Need tomorrow night when a sneak peek of the special will be shown. The Doctor Who Christmas special will broadcast Christmas Day 2011 on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is yet to be confirmed.

DOCTOR WHO ON CHILDREN IN NEED
More details have come to light on what to expect on BBC Children in Need tonight tomorrow evening for Doctor Who fans. As well as a sneak peek of this year's Christmas special, fans will be treated to a mini sketch written by Steven Moffat for Children in Need, as well as the chance to win the Eleventh Doctor's constume worn in The Doctor Wife earlier this year. Read on for more info:

Fans of Doctor Who will get the chance to own a little piece of the Eleventh Doctor today, as BBC Children in Need auctions off an entire costume from the hit BBC One show - from bow tie and braces to the infamous tweed jacket. 

Matt Smith was at BBC Television Centre today filming a special sketch for BBC Children in Need written by Steven Moffat, to be shown during the appeal show on Friday evening. Viewers will get to see just what happens when the Doctor gives bidders the chance to take the clothes off his back...

Matt Smith said: "I hope people donate generously for BBC Children in Need because it's a wonderful cause- and we've got to beat last year's total. I saw Terry Wogan on TV the other night, and thought come on! Let's make more money! So hopefully we can raise a good amount. 

"I'd say the tweed jacket or the bow-tie are the most iconic - although the boots are my personal favourite." 

Throughout the years, the costumes worn by the many incarnations of the Doctor have been as distinctive as the characters themselves. The highest bidder will be the proud owner of the distinguished time traveller's outfit from the episode The Doctor's Wife, including this tweed jacket, shirt, black jeans, black boots, braces, bow-tie and watch.
The auction for the Doctor's clothes, and a copy of the script written by Steven Moffat and signed by Matt Smith from the specially filmed sketch, are part of BBC Children in Need's Once in a Lifetime online auction being held at www.bbc.co.uk/Pudsey. The auction closes on Monday 21st November.

On the Appeal Night, the title of this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special will be revealed and viewers will be treated to an exclusive sneak peek of the festive adventures in store for the Doctor. 

BBC Children in Need broadcasts live on BBC Television Centre tomorrow at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD, more info coming soon.

MONSTER INVASION - ISSUE 15
The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who Monster Invasion magazine:

IN ISSUE 15...
Top 10 Who Weapons
The Pandorica
Judoon V Madame Vastra
Night Terrors
Where’s the Doctor? - Vespiform World
*H is for headless Monks
Plus much more…

Issue 15 of Doctor Who Monster Invasion magazine is on sale from 23rd November at all good newsagents until 29th November priced £2.60 per copy. In other news: the new issue of Doctor Who magazine has confirmed that some classic series Doctor Who monsters are to appear in the next series.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Doctor Who Character Building: Temporal Combat Set

Character Building have revealed a new toy set for their Doctor Who range of buildable sets and figures:

Temporal Combat Set
Time is fractured!…and now the Vortex is being invaded by the Doctor’s arch enemies the Daleks and the Cybermen! Using stolen Time technology, they could do untold damage to Time itself, so the Doctor with his companions by his side must venture into the Vortex to find and stop them. Each Enemy is protected by a bubble of Temporal shielding made up of four shields. 

When all four shields are knocked down the enemy is thrown back out of the Vortex to their own time and space… but… the Doctor is also using the same technology and can also be knocked out of Time. Use Dalek and Cyberman weaponry to fire bolts of time energy at your opponents’ Temporal Shields to knock them down one by one. 

When the Shields are gone the enemy is eliminated. Cyberman Blaster and Dalek Exterminator versions are available. Each pack includes one spring loaded blaster weapon, one micro-figure, and one Temporal Shield. 10 variations to collect. One supplied. Styles may vary. For ages 5 years and over. 

The toy set is on sale early next year at all good toy stores priced £14.99 per purchase.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 244

The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

"Brrr, chilly, isn’t it? You’re stuck on Earth in late November and it’s dark and wintry. Luxury!"

"I’m on the cold moon Enceladus, where the ice volcanoes - icecanoes - blast out snow that stinks like bad eggs."

"And it’s not easy to read Doctor Who Adventures while also holding your nose. Just you give it a try!"


This week issue comes with 5 yucky slime posts…

Also in this issue…
Happy Birthday Doctor Who!
Meet all the Doctors
Matt Smith Q&A
The Cyberking
Rivers Diary
The Frankenstein Particle
Green Screen Secrets 
Plus much more…

Issue 244 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from 17th November at all good newsagents until 23rd November priced £2.50 per copy.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Doctor Who Movie in the Works?

Online sources are indicating that a Doctor Who movie is in the works and is to be directed by David Yates, who previously directed the latter four Harry Potter films, read on for more details:

Harry Potter director David Yates is teaming up with the BBC to turn its iconic sci-fi TV series Doctor Who into a bigscreen franchise. 

Yates, who directed the last four Potter films, told Daily Variety that he is about to start work on developing a Doctor Who movie with Jane Tranter, head of L.A.-based BBC Worldwide Prods. 

"We're looking at writers now. We're going to spend two to three years to get it right," he said. "It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena." 

Doctor Who follows the adventures across space and time of a super-intelligent alien in human form, who battles a variety of cosmic bad guys aided by plucky human companions. 

"The notion of the time-travelling Time Lord is such a strong one, because you can express story and drama in any dimension or time," Yates said. 

The series ran from 1963 to 1989, and then was successfully rebooted in 2005 by writer Russell T. Davies and subsequently by Steven Moffat (The Adventures of Tintin). Tranter oversaw the revival when she was the BBC's drama topper in London. 

Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith as the 11th incarnation of the Doctor, is now one of the pubcaster's most lucrative global TV franchises. The series airs Stateside on BBC America

Yates made clear that his movie adaptation would not follow on from the current TV series, but would take a completely fresh approach to the material. 

"Russell T. Davies and then Steven Moffat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic, but we have to put that aside and start from scratch," he said. 

Yates and Tranter are looking for writers on both sides of the Atlantic. "We want a British sensibility, but having said that, Steve Kloves wrote the Potter films and captured that British sensibility perfectly, so we are looking at American writers too," he explained. 

There are two previous films, based on the TV series: Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965) and Doctor Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966), both starring Peter Cushing. 

The BBC has since made a few unsuccessful attempts to develop a Doctor Who feature, and shot a one-off telepic in 1996 at a time when the TV series was dormant. 

But the combination of Yates and Tranter means this is the most high-powered effort to date to launch Doctor Who onto the bigscreen. 

Before directing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Yates worked with Tranter on several BBC TV series, including The Way We Live Now and State of Play.

As stated above, the movie would be an entire reboot from the TV show and apparently it would take over three years to develop the movie before filming would even commence. In other news: According to the BBC Doctor Who Twitter account, more then just a clip/ trailer of this year's Doctor Who Christmas special is to be shown on Children in Need Night this Friday, and that "Doctor Who fans are in for a treat", teasing that maybe a new mini episode is to be shown.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Official Doctor Who Convention Info - Cardiff

BBC Worldwide have announced that a Doctor Who-themed convention is to take place in Cardiff's Millennium Centre early next year, read on for more details:

Millennium Centre Cardiff will be transformed into a fans paradise - 24th & 25th March 2012

BBC Worldwide today revealed details of the first ever official Doctor Who Convention since the series’ regeneration in 2005. The event will take place on the 24th and 25th March 2012 at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Wales -the current home of the show.

Billed as the ‘Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Event’, there are just 1500 tickets available for each of the days - the programme is the same on each day to give attendees the most in depth experience possible. Fans who manage to snap these up will gain unrivalled access to Eleventh Doctor star Matt Smith, series lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and many more key members from the award-winning cast, crew and production team including Doctor Who special FX supervisor Danny Hargreaves, production designer Michael Pickwoad, Doctor Who producer Marcus Wilson and the award-winning Millennium FX team.

The unique interactive programme will include theatre sessions and Q&As with cast and crew; behind the scenes sessions show-casing the script to screen process; discussions with episode directors and writers and demonstrations from Special FX and prosthetics experts that will illustrate the challenges and scale of their work on the world’s longest running sci-fi show. Autograph and photo opportunities will also be available with attending cast members and there will be official Doctor Who merchandise and collectables on sale.

Convention attendees will be let into the secrets of Doctor Who special effects as Danny Hargreaves and his talented team, reveal the tricks used to create the stunning physical effects that leave audiences on the edge of their seats. Watch them recreate a spectacular battle scene with live pyrotechnics, amazing explosions and laser effects.

Even more tricks of the trade will be unveiled by the award-winning Millennium FX team responsible for creating some of Doctor Who’s most iconic monsters including the Silence; the Silurians; the Weeping Angels and the Ood. The team will be giving a live demonstration of the skilful process involved in prosthetics application that fans can watch up-close and learn from the team how each stage is achieved.
Convention attendees will also be able to get up close and personal with rare costumes and props from the show where designers and experts will be on hand to answer questions about the origins and history of the items on show. The Millennium Centre itself has starred in several episodes - it was the setting for a hospital in New Earth in Series 2 run by the cat-like Sisters of Plentitude, in Tom McRae’s episode The Girl Who Waited in Series 6 the building featured as a principle location on Apalapucia - the kindness facility where people were quarantined, see if you can spot the top floor balcony where Amy fought with a Handbot!

Matt Smith commented on the convention’s announcement: “It’s brilliant that the first official convention is being held in Cardiff, the home of Doctor Who. I’m really looking forward to seeing the fans there, and remember - bow ties are cool!”

Steven Moffat said: “A whole weekend dedicated to all things Doctor Who, brilliant! We’re going to be celebrating the whole team behind the show, people who bring to life the Doctor’s craziest adventures and letting fans into some of our trade secrets. If you want to get under the skin of Doctor Who this is an unmissable event!”

Tickets are priced £99 will go on general sale on November 14th from 9am From www.dwconvention.com. You can also keep up to date via their twitter page.

All tickets will include:
Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir ticket
Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir lanyard and pass
Official Doctor Who Convention exclusive behind the scenes images postcard pack
Official Doctor Who Convention bag

The convention will take places on 24th and 25th March 2012.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 243

The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

It's monster time in this week's Doctor Who Adventures!
"Notice anything different about me? Look closely! It’s obvious! Come on! I’ve changed! Well, my signature has changed."

"Displacement is a common side effect of regeneration, so I’m very happy that my hands have caught up with the rest of me. It’s very contemporary. Cutting-edge! Just look at all those wibbly wobbly lines!" 


Oh yes, we've another action-packed issue for you. We revisit the Tardis's most terrifying moments and untangle River Song's life story - it's so timey-wimey! And meet the very first Dalek!

What's more, we go backstage to find out who is behind the show's strangest creatures. The Leader of the Cyber Fleet tells us about his day, the Doctor answers more of your bonkers and brilliant questions and we find out which of this year's gadgets wins the coveted Golden Eyepatch Award!
All this plus puzzles, posters, really very bad jokes and two awesome comic strips. Lawks, it's all rather brilliant.

This weeks issue comes with a paint your own Dalek kit.

Also in this issue…
Tardis Terror
Search for the Robots
Rivers Timeline
Know your Daleks
Best Gadgets
Air Force Gone
Who lookalikes and much more

Issue 243 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from 10th November at all good newsagents until 16th November priced £2.50 per copy.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Doctor Who Monster Invasion - Issue 14

The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who Monster Invasion magazine:

IN ISSUE 14...

Top 10 Tardis Moments
Chameleon Arch
Minotaur V Sycorax
The Pandorica Opens
Where’s the Doctor? - Bio Lab Break Out
G is for Graske 
Plus much more

Issue 14 of Doctor Who Monster Invasion magazine is on sale from 9th November at all good newsagents until 22nd November priced £2.60 per copy.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Doctor Who: Series 6 Figures - Wave 2D

Character Options have revealed the newest wave of Doctor Who action figures from series six:

20 Cybermats (4 variations)
Silent with Closed Mouth (with Electric Hands)
Corroded Cyberman with Face Damage (with Electric Hands)
Peg Solider
Eleventh Doctor in Beard
The Astronaut (with River Song Helmet Reveal)
Corroded Cyberman with Chest Damage (with Electric Hands)

Each figure also comes with a 'Flesh' slime sachet, they are due to be on sale at all good toystores later this month priced £9.99 each.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 242

The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

See your monster drawings come to life in 3-D this week!
"Finally made it to the fifth moon of Sinda Callista. Remember I tried to bring Amy here but ended up in Colchester and met Craig Owens?"

"With its pink sky, blue beaches, red sea and not a monster in sight, Amy would love it, but it’s so dull! Luckily, I have my Doctor Who Adventures, so I can never yet bored! Hurrah!"


Wow! We've got an amazing gift for you this week - a brilliant 3-D drawing kit! Draw your scariest Doctor Who monsters, stick on your free 3-D glasses and see them jump out of the page at you! We've also got a brilliant 3-D poster of the Silence for your wall!

You can also find out what happened when Matt Smith popped in to visit an unsuspecting school, read some sneaky secrets abut the next series of Doctor Who, and see what happens when the Doctor, Amy and Rory meet some zombies with a difference in an all-new comic story! Plus, there's loads of facts, puzzles, quizzes and posters.

Also in this issue…
Series 7 Secrets
Scary Skulls
The Time Travellers
Best Laughs
Home Awful Home
3D Silence Poster
Dawn of the Living Bread
Monster crime watch 
Plus much more…

Issue 242 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from 3rd November at all good newsagents until 9th November priced £2.50 per copy.

My 1000th Post, from The Ulitmate Doctor Who Site!

I am proud to announce that today, The Ultimate Doctor Who Site has reached its 1000th post!

I would like to thank all my readers, especially those who began with me back in August 2008 when my blog started, who visit my blog for the latest updates from the Who universe, leave kind comments, and I hope they will continue to do so in the future. I have big plans for the website and hope you will all stick around to see them, I won't reveal anything yet, but I hope you will be happy with the new results are much as I will be. Again...

THANK YOU
Bigwhofan