Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Ninth Doctor #1 variants [UPDATE]

Titan Comics have announced details of the variant covers to accompany the first issue of their Doctor Who title, The Ninth Doctor #1. Included above are (l-r): the Diamond UK photo variant cover;  the Strange Adventures store variant cover (by Warren Pleece);  and two covers from Buy Me Toys (Casey Heying)​.

UPDATE! Below you can find: BBC Shop variant cover​ (Andrew James​); More Fun Comics and Games store variant cover​.​Cover by artist Jake Ekiss​; and Newbury Comics store variant (Blair Shedd​).​ Click on the images for bigger versions and check out the details on the issue below (with regular cover).

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



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

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February News Round-Up

Despite no Doctor Who on telly at the moment (boo!), there's still a lot going in the world of Who, included here is a round-up of the stuff you may have missed in February.

Don't forget you can follow Blogtor Who on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on Doctor Who - follow HERE. Read the January news round~up HERE.

Filming pics from Tenerife
New alien revealed
Michelle Gomez returns to Doctor Who
Blink director and Jemma Redgrave return to Doctor Who

Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists
Doctor Who Figurine Collection
New Doctor Who umbrellas
K9 Slippers
Sonic Screwdriver doorstop
TARDIS shoes
City of Death novelisation
POP! vinyl figures
Doctor Who comic previews
Kate Stewart audio spin off series
New UK Doctor Who comic
LEGO Doctor Who coming this year

Gallifrey VII - Intervention Earth
The Fourth Doctor by Gareth Roberts
Broadchurch S2E5
Broadchurch S2E6
Broadchurch S2E7
Broadchurch S2E8
Cucumber Ep 3
Cucumber Ep 4
Cucumber Ep 5
Cucumber Ep 6
The Casual Vacancy Ep 1
The Casual Vacancy Ep 2

The history of Eastenders and Doctor Who
Star Trek references in Doctor Who
Who Diary 1
Who Diary 2
Who Diary 3
Who repeats to move from BBC Three
Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular
Katy Manning in Casualty
Doctor Who alien in Count Arthur Strong
Doctor Who on Only Connect
The Doctor and the Dalek trailer

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists

The Eleventh Doctor, courtesy of Andrew Skilleter

Included here is a sneak-peek at the new Doctor Who book, The Big Book of Lists, from Cameron K McEwan and legendary artist Andrew Skilleter - click on the image for a bigger version. In the run-up to the release of the book in March, we'll be sharing some more amazing images. You can check out more of Andrew's wonderful art on his website 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.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Doctor Who Series 9 filming pics

Filming on Doctor Who Series 9 continues and shooting in Tenerife has been spotted by fans. Currently rolling in front of the cameras is the two part story, The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar. Written by current show runner Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald (Blink), the two episodes will open Doctor Who Series 9. Click on the pics included here for bigger versions.

As previously reported HERE, a new alien seems to be joining the cast which features Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez. All three have been filming in Tenerife this week. The two parter also stars: Jemma Redgrave (The Power of Three, The Day of the Doctor and Dark Water/Death in Heaven); Kelly Hunter (who appeared in The Stolen Earth as the Shadow Architect); Clare Higgins (who starred alongside Paul McGann as Ohila in The Night of the Doctor); and Jaye Griffiths (Sherlock, Wizards vs Aliens, Bugs).

Doctor Who Series 9 airs in the Autumn. More images and info can be found at Doctor Who Filming and the official Doctor Who Facebook page.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Series 9 alien revealed?

Earlier today on Twitter, actress Gina Beck (Wicked) revealed that actor Ben Freeman (Emmerdale, which also starred Jenna Coleman) was filming in the vicinity of shooting on Doctor Who Series 9 - which is currently taking place in Tenerife. Beck tweeted:
Very jealous that @BenFreeman20 was filming right next to Doctor Who yesterday!! Wahhhhhh!!!! 
Accompanying the tweet was a picture, above, which features Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Freeman and, what looks like, an alien creature. Currently filming are the Doctor Who Series 9 episodes, The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar which also stars Michell Gomez as Missy. Gomez has also been spotted filming in Tenerife.

The two episodes from the opening two-parter of the series, written by current show runner Steven Moffat. Filming is taking place in Teide National Park which is home to the third largest volcano in the world. As revealed previously, the episodes are directed by Hettie MacDonald (Blink).

Doctor Who Series 9 is set to air in the autumn.

REVIEW: Equilibrium

By Matt Fitton

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

Out Now

Review by Nick Fraser

On the trail of the TARDIS’s stolen interface stabiliser, The Doctor and his friends make an uncontrolled landing on the icy, rugged terrain of Isenfel. There, they find themselves in the relatively unusual position of being welcomed as honoured guests, invited to attend a banquet hosted by the Isenfel royal family.

It soon becomes apparent however that the friendly welcome carries a heavy cost. The Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa discover the royal court exercises a very strict “one in, one out” door policy, when their arrival is marked by four of the local inhabitants requiring to be sacrificed to maintain equilibrium. They quickly discover that the phrase “Isenfel be constant” is more than just a ritual wish.

Our impetuous Time Lord sets about trying to uncover, then deconstruct, the archaic mechanisms upon which centuries of tradition have been layered, resulting in such drastic measures being considered normal. The concept of a society ossified by rituals and beliefs built on long-forgotten foundations is familiar in Doctor Who, and particularly in E-Space (witness the events unfolding in State of Decay and Full Circle). Writer Matt Fitton creates a believable example of a state whose high tech origins lie shrouded in ceremony, and where the leadership makes life or death decisions on a daily basis in the belief they are acting in the common good.

With Big Finish’s customary attention to detail, the audio experience of the cold, snowy surroundings of Isenfel is convincingly realised, and the incidental music subtly emphasises the fairytale nature of the confines of this “snowglobe society”.

Peter Davison and the TARDIS regulars spark off a strong supporting cast. As Queen Carlina and her Lord Balancer Skarsgard, Annette Badland (also known as Margaret Slitheen in the Eccleston era) and Nickolas Grace convincingly portray the roles of Isenfel’s leadership, sincere in their belief they are acting in the best interests of their people. Over the course of the story, they gradually realise, thanks to The Doctor’s intervention, the full import of their actions.

At the heart of the royal palace, the Gallifreyan uncovers evidence of an ancient, long-running experiment, set in motion by long-departed scientists, attempting to provide a microcosm of E-Space and measure the unavoidable effects of entropy on a closed system.

There’s a building sense of impending peril throughout this adventure, as the Time Lord's initial believing that he has succeeded in hitting the reset button to remove the continuous need for equilibrium to be maintained, discovers that his actions have had a more drastic impact. Davison is as convincing as ever, conveying The Doctor’s growing desperation as he tries to prevent prevent Isenfel and its occupants from being wiped out as its dormant, automated systems reactivate and start shutting down. As events threaten to spiral completely out of control he comes to depend increasingly on Nyssa as a foil, and Fitton writes some nice interactions between them, with the Trakenite providing her friend with a much-needed pep talk.

With time for the story to develop there’s plenty going on. Turlough attracts the attention of the Queen’s daughter, going off on a midnight hunt to capture ferocious, fanged beasts, and Tegan and Nyssa become involved in uncovering secretive goings-on in the royal palace.

In the end, equilibrium is achieved by further sacrifices, and it’s a near-run thing, with roaming, ravaging black monsters and deadly black snow threatening to wipe everyone out. Badland and Grace believably convey the emotional impact events have taken upon their characters, leading the Queen and her Lord Balancer to take drastic steps to save their beloved Isenfel.

In the tumult, events take a very unexpected turn for Tegan, setting things up in intriguing style for the final instalment of this E-Space trilogy…

Thanks to Big Finish

Review by Nick Fraser

Doctor Who repeats to move from BBC Three in UK

Director of Television, Danny Cohen has posted on the BBC Blog explaining why BBC Three is not for sale in response to an offer from television producers Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville. The men had offered to buy the channel since the corporation's decision to move BBC Three online. You can read the full letter HERE, but there is an interesting note for Doctor Who fans.

Currently, in the UK, BBC Three screens a repeat of an episode during the week of its first transmission on BBC One (which subsequent repeats to follow). This has been standard practise since the show's return in 2005 (and, in some series, receiving two repeats within a week). With the channel going online this means that an "in week" repeat could have been ditched on television. Thankfully, this seems not to be the case, Cohen reveals:
"With repeats of other BBC previously commissioned programmes on BBC Three such as ‘EastEnders’ and ‘Doctor Who’, we will re-deploy these repeats on other BBC Channels and secondary rights will continue to be sold to UKTV or other partners."
This would mean that immediate repeats for new episodes will fall to either BBC Two or BBC Four (or, perhaps, even BBC One on a Sunday afternoon?). BBC Three will cease as a "television" channel later this year on move online - the precise date is not known. So this could mean that repeats for Doctor Who Series 9 will have a new home.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection

The latest issues of the magazine, the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, are hitting shops now! Issue 40 comes with a figurine of THE TWELFTH DOCTOR (as played by Peter Capaldi) whilst Issue 41 features the HALF-FACE MAN (from Deep Breath). For full details, visit their website HERE. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Doctor Who umbrellas

Lovarzi, the company behind the great official Doctor Who scarves and other ephemera, have today announced details of their latest item - a Doctor Who umbrella! Check out the details below and click on the images for bigger versions.

We've got two new officially-licensed products, available to pre-order now, that we're sure you'll be interested in. Our best-selling Fourth Doctor Scarf keeps the winds at bay. Our Fifth Doctor Jumper will make sure you're toasty.

"And now, our new Doctor Who umbrellas will keep you dry whether you're on Marinus, sheltering from the siege of Trenzalore, or under the Earth's overcast skies."

This 1960s Police Box is an iconic, beautiful design: an instantly-recognisable image that conjures up dreams of all time and space. That's why our official exclusive umbrella displays the TARDIS with pride across its 23"/58.4cm canopy! Opening at the touch of a button, the Stick Umbrella is made from durable fibre glass, with a luxurious rubber-coated handle (pictured above and right).

The Automatic Open and Close Folding Umbrella (pictures below) utilises Time Lord technology: it's bigger on the inside! All you have to do is push a button on the handle and the 21"/53.3cm canopy opens out.

Made with a high quality fibre glass frame, aluminium shaft, and comfortable plastic and rubber- coated handle, the umbrella shows the TARDIS on an alien landscape, evocative of the Doctor's home planet, Gallifrey, and comes in a specially-made carry case.

Both are ideal for keeping the rain off fans new and old – plus, of course, their companions!

Thanks to Lovarzi

New Doctor Who Merch

Think Geek have some great Doctor Who items currently on sale - check out the full range HERE. Above you can see an amazing Sonic Screwdriver doorstop and a pair of K9 slippers. Below you find TARDIS boot slippers and TARDIS and Fourth Doctor dressing gowns. Click on the images for more info and to purchase.

Below you can a pair of TARDIS bookends and a various different Doctor Who styled pyjama bottomsClick on the images for more info and to purchase. Check out the full range HERE

Check out the full range HERE