Thursday, 25 February 2010

Major SFX Doctor Who Exclusive

SFX194, on sale 10 March, is going to have a very special cover indeed – a specially commissioned, eye-popping 3D image of Matt Smith as Doctor Who, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and a couple of Weeping Angels lurking about the place too. The animated gif here gives you an idea what to expect (just click on it to see what we mean), but you really need to see the real thing in all its glory when it hits the shelves in a couple of weeks' time.

The cover was created with the full association of the Doctor Who production team. SFX's art team popped down to Cardiff last month to conduct the exclusive photoshoot, to create an exciting image you'll see nowhere else. The issue also includes a massive nine-page feature on the new series of Doctor Who, including all-new interviews with Matt, Karen and Steven Moffat.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Surprise Guest For Series 31 of Doctor Who

According to The SUN, James Corden - co-writer & star of 'Gavin & Stacey', is to star in the coming series of Doctor Who. Corden was spotted on the train to Cardiff learning his lines on his way to the Who set. When quizzed by a fan, excited James blurted out the secret.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Companion Deaths

It is rare that we see a companion of the Doctor come to a sticky end; but here are those that did....

1. Katerina (Adrienne Hill born 22 July 1937 Plymouth, Devon; died 6 October 1997 ) An inhabitant of ancient Troy, she was a companion of the First Doctor, and was the first companion in the series to die. Katarina appeared in the programme from November to December 1965, appearing in just five episodes.

Katarina is introduced in the serial The Myth Makers, which takes place during the the Siege of Troy. She is a handmaiden of the prophetess Cassandra, and helps the TARDIS crew survive the events of the siege. When Steven is wounded, she helps him into the TARDIS as Vicki decides to stay behind in Troy with the warrior Troilus.

A sweet, simple young woman who cannot really cope with the concept that the universe has suddenly opened up to her, Katarina believes that she is dead, and that the Doctor is a god transporting her to the next life. She refers to the TARDIS as a "temple", and literally worships the Doctor, referring to him as "Lord" (much to his annoyance) and having absolute faith in him.

During The Daleks Master Plan, Katarina is taken hostage by the escaped prisoner Kirksen, who demands that the Doctor take him to Kembel, a planet taken over by the Daleks. To prevent the Doctor giving in to Kirksen's demands, she chooses to trigger the controls to the airlock she is being held in, propelling both herself and her captor into the vaccum of space.

Despite her brief tenure on the series, Katarina is significant for being the first of the Doctor's companions to die on-screen. However, she would not be the last. In some of the tie-in fiction, her death is portrayed as weighing heavily on the Doctor's mind.

2. Sara Kingdom (Jean Lyndsey Torren Marsh (born 1 July 1934) A security officer for Mavic Chen from the 41st century, she would later join the First Doctor and Steven to work against Chen's interests. She appeared in parts four to twelve of the twelve-part 1965 serial, The Daleks Master Plan.

There is dispute as to whether Sara Kingdom was a companion of the Doctor. If we go by recent history, Grace Holloway is classed as a companion to the Eighth Doctor even though she was with him for little over 24 hours. I would therefore, say that she was a companion

Sara is a Space Security Agent, the sister of Bret Vyon, another agent who is aiding the Doctor in trying to defeat the Daleks. Told that Vyon is a traitor by Mavic Chen, the Guardian of the Solar System (who was in league with the Daleks) and ordered to kill whoever is working with him, she shoots her brother and is about to do the same to the Doctor and Steven when they are transported across space to the planet Mira. There she learns, to her horror and grief, that her unquestioning obedience has not only led her to unjustly kill her brother, but also that by doing so she has prevented Vyon from warning Earth of the Dalek plot. She then joins the Doctor in his fight, briefly travelling in the TARDIS to several different locations in space and time as the Doctor and Steven try to return the ship to Kembel for a final confrontation with Mavic Chen and the Daleks.
Jean Marsh as Sara Kingdom: yet another good reason to regret the lack of video footage of 'Master Plan'.

When the Doctor activates the Time Destructor — a device that accelerates time — as part of his plan to stop the Daleks, he orders his companions back to the TARDIS for their protection. However, Sara follows him, not knowing the nature of his plan but concerned it might fail. As a result, she is caught in the field of the Time Destructor as it rapidly ages everything around it. While the Doctor, being a Time Lord, can withstand the effects, Sara, being human, cannot. As Steven and the Doctor watch helplessly, Sara ages (and is portrayed as an old woman by May Warden) and dies, her remains aging to dust.

Sara is by turns aggressive, independent and ruthless in her pursuit of what was right, a single-mindedness that blinded her to the larger implications of her orders. Meeting the Doctor changes that, and she turns her formidable skill and intellect to the defeat of the Daleks.

3. Kameleon (voiced by Gerald Flood 21 April 1927 - 12 April 1989) A shape-changing android. In its default form, it is a companion of the Fifth Doctor and appears in the television series in two serials between 1983 and 1984.

When first encountered by the Doctor in England, Earth, 1215 A.D.The King's Demons, Kamelion is a tool of the Master, who is forcing Kamelion to pose as King John. At the conclusion of the Master's previous encounter with the Doctor, he was trapped on the planet Xeriphas. When the Master returns, he has Kamelion with him, calling it a souvenir he had picked up from there. Although Kamelion is sentient to a degree, it is also extremely weak-willed, and therefore open to manipulation by any strong personalities around it. The Doctor frees Kamelion from the Master's grip, and it joins the Doctor in the TARDIS (much to Tegan's disapproval). Here it presumably spends all the intervening time between its two full appearances, out of sight and mind – notably no reference is even made to the character on-screen otherwise.

Kamelion eventually falls under the Master's influence again in the serial Planet of Fire. Kamelion finally begs the Doctor to destroy it, and the Doctor reluctantly honors that request. The Kamelion robot's last appearance is as one of the images of his companions that comes to the Fifth Doctor during his regeneration scene at the end of The Caves of Androzani.

4. Adric (Matthew Waterhouse born 19 December 1961 in Hertford) He was a young native of the planet Alzarius, which exists in the parallel universe of E-Space. A companion of the Fourth & Fifth Doctors, he was a regular in the programme from 1980 to 1982.

Adric first appears in the Fourth Doctor serial, Full Circle. Attempting to escape from the mysterious Mistfall threatening his community, he stumbles across and finds refuge in the TARDIS, which has been drawn into E-Space via a wormhole-like phenomenon known as a Charged Vacuum Emboitment. He stowed away when the Doctor, Romana and K-9 MkII left Alzarius and becomes a companion in the following serial, State of Decay, accompanying them on the rest of their adventures in E-Space. He remains with the Doctor when Romana and K-9 Mark II leave and the TARDIS finds its way back into its own universe.

With a brilliant mathematical mind and sporting a star-shaped badge (blue enamel with gold backing) for mathematical excellence, Adric is also very well aware of his own intelligence. This, coupled with his relative immaturity, leads to a personality that is abrasive and occasionally crosses over into arrogance. As a result, Adric is one of the least popular companions among fans of the programme. However, it is obvious that Adric also desperately seeks validation from the Doctor as well as those around him, and is often hurt and resentful if he feels he is being sidelined or unable to contribute. As an Alzarian, Adric is a member of a species of extremely adaptable creatures, theoretically capable of genetically evolving to suit any environment, though it is unknown if his particular substrain is capable of this. It is known that he possesses an inhumanly rapid rate of healing, though not to the extent he can regenerate amputated body parts.

Adric is present when, during the events of Logopolis, the Fourth Doctor falls from the Pharos Project radio telescope and regenerates into his fifth incarnation. He continues to travel in the TARDIS along with new companions Nyssa and Tegan, but his travels come to an end in Earthshock when he tries to stop a Cyberman-controlled freighter from crashing into prehistoric Earth. The navigational controls had been locked by logic codes, and Adric is entering the solution to the last code when the computer is destroyed by a dying Cyberman. He dies in the crash, while his fellow crewmates watch in horror on the TARDIS viewscreen. His last words before the explosion kills him are "Now I'll never know if I was right." Adric also dies not knowing that the freighter he was trying to stop was actually destined to be the "meteorr" that would wipe out the dinosaurs.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

The Curse Of Fatal Death - 1999 Comic Relief Special

NEW Series 31 Promo

Trailer was aired on BBC One at 18.28pm this evening. Looking good me thinks!

Eve Myles in Hang The DJ

Here is a comedy that starred the fabulous Eve Myles way back in 1999 at the tender age of 21! I came across this on I found it funny!

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Doctor Who Daleks up for auction

Fans of Doctor Who will get the chance to own an original Dalek from the classic series when a range of costumes and props go up for auction later this month.

Daleks up for auction
The Daleks are expected to fetch up to £3,000 each when the sale gets under way on February 24 Photo: EDDIE MULHOLLAND

The vast archive of memorabilia will go under the hammer at Bonhams in Knightsbridge.

As well as two Daleks, other items up for sale include several Cybermen, a sea devil and the costume for the Magma Creature, which featured in Peter Davidson's last show in 1984.

The Daleks are expected to fetch up to £3,000 each when the sale gets under way on February 24.

A range of clothing worn by the Doctor and his assistants down the years, will also go under the hammer.

A dinner suit worn by David Tennant during his stint as the Time Lord is expected to fetch around £3,000.

A selection of vehicles from the show. including Captain Jack's Torchwood Range Rover and a black cab from the Runaway Bride episode screened in 2006, will also form part of the sale.

Stephanie Connell, entertainment specialist at Bonhams said: "Doctor Who is without doubt one of the most important and best loved television programmes, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to offer some of the iconic costumes and props from the show."

Article by Martin Evans

Action Figure 2-Pack: 7th Doctor & Imperial Dalek Remembrance Of The Daleks

The 7th Doctor action figure wearing the costume as seen in 'Remembrance of the Daleks' with cream jacket and umbrella accessory along with a white Imperial Dalek resplendent in white with gold Imperial livery.

Price: £24.99

Pre order at

Friday, 19 February 2010

New 11th Doctor Trailer

New publicity image revealed. Plus, watch out this Saturday 20th February 2010 as there will be a new trailer airing around 6.30pm. You will be able to view it on the official Doctor Who website.

David Tennant back on BBC1 in Single Father

David Tennant as Doctor Who

Former Doctor Who to play Glasgow-based photographer Dave who is raising a family by himself

David Tennant in his role as Doctor Who. Photograph: Rex Features

David Tennant is to return to BBC1 in the lead part in four-part comedy drama Single Father – his first starring role on TV since leaving Doctor Who.

Tennant will play Dave, a Glasgow-based photographer bringing up four children after the death of his partner, who falls in love with his best friend's wife.

Filming begins in Glasgow in March with further casting to be confirmed shortly.

Single Father has been written by Mick Ford and is being made by independent producer Red through BBC Scotland.

Peter Gallagher is producing, with Red founder Nicola Shindler and Anne Mensah, head of drama for BBC Scotland and independent suppliers, executive producing.



Released: 4th March 2010
Price £4.20

Thursday, 11 February 2010

TW Cover TITAN MAGAZINES - NEW exclusive Torchwood comic-strip available to read online on the Watch channels website, to celebrate Alien Invasion Week on Watch. Find Watch on Sky 109 and Virgin TV 124.

The channel will be repeating Doctor Who and Torchwood episodes, beginning this Saturday and showing Children of Earth over five nights at 9pm with an exclusive intro to each episode from Captain Jack actor John Barrowman himself. You can READ THE COMIC online here.

A previous Watch exclusive comic from last year can also seen here. Also don’t forget that the new Torchwood Magazine is out next Thursday, stay tuned for the cover and details!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

DWM Special 24 - In Their Own Words


On Sale: Thursday, 18th February 2010 price: £6.99.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Doctor Who Magazine 418

I think you agree, one of the BEST DWM cover ever!

On sale Thursday 4th February 2010

Bill Nighy to guest in 'Doctor Who'

Bill Nighy to guest in 'Doctor Who'

Bill Nighy is to guest star in an episode of the new series of Doctor Who, Digital Spy can reveal.

The veteran actor will play the curator of a Vincent van Gogh exhibition in the episode, which is penned by Richard Curtis.

A set insider told DS: "It was a real coup to get Bill Nighy in Doctor Who, especially in Richard Curtis's amazing episode. Bill plays a van Gogh expert with some similar fashion choices to The Doctor himself."

The story is set both in the present day and 19th Century France. This Life actor Tony Curran was previously confirmed in the role of van Gogh.

The episode - the tenth in the new series - was filmed on location in Croatia and Cardiff over Christmas.

A BBC spokesperson said: "We do not comment on storyline or character speculation."


Happy Birthday Elisabeth Sladen!

Sarah Jane Smith
Turns 62 today

Born in Liverpool in 1948. She is best known for her role as Investigative Journalist Sarah Jane Smith - companion to the third and fourth incarnations of the Doctor (1973-1976). Sarah Jane Smith is 3 years younger than Elisabeth Sladen herself (born May 1951 in the village of Foxgrove).

Reprising the role on screen for the 20th anniversary story - 'The Five Doctors', Peter Davison as the Doctor. A spin off pilot was commissioned in 1981 - 'K9 & Company'. This did not go on to become a series. 1993 Children In Need special -' Dimensions In Time', 1995's independently produced 'Downtime', alongside Nicholas Briggs (Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewert) and Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield), before returning to Doctor Who in 2006's - 'School Reunion'. Where she meets a rather young looking incarnation of the Doctor (David Tennant). Elisabeth Sladen returned again in the 2008 Series two part finale - 'The Stolen Earth' & 'Journey's End'. New Years Day 2010 saw her return for a possible final time to Doctor Who as a

New Years Day 2007 saw a new spin off - 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' which went on to 3 series and a fourth in production and to be aired later in 2010.
Sladen played Sarah Jane in several audio plays. Two of them were produced for BBC Radio, The Paradise Of Death (Radio 5, 1993), and The ghosts Of N-Space (Radio 2, 1996), together with Jon Pertwee and Nicholas Courtney. Big Finish Productions has also produced two series of Sarah Jane Smith audio adventures set in the present day, released in 2002 and 2006. Her daughter Sadie has also appeared in the audios.
Below - Third Doctor & Sarah Jane battling a Sontaran, Sarah Jane & Forth Doctor in secondary Console Room, The Sarah Jane Adventures, The Tenth Doctor with his Children Of Time.