Sunday, 27 December 2015

The Complete Ninth Series on Blu-ray and DVD

Details have been confirmed of a box set release of the 2015 series of Doctor Who. The Complete Ninth Series is now available to pre-order and will be released on 7 March 2016, at £51.05 for DVD and £56.16 for high-definition Blu-ray.

The series is the second to star Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, with Jenna Coleman returning as Clara alongside guest stars including Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams, comedian Rufus Hound and Michelle Gomez as Missy. In addition to the twelve episodes comprising the main series, the release is also set to include two Christmas Specials - 2014's Last Christmas (not included in any other 'complete series' release) and this year’s The Husbands of River Song - and more than four hours’ worth of bonus material.

Four episodes will feature an optional audio commentary track. The two-part adventure Under the Lake/Before the Flood features insights from actor Sophie Stone, writer Toby Whithouse and producer Derek Ritchie, who is also on duty for The Woman Who Lived alongside actor Maisie Williams. Lastly, the experimental 'found footage' episode Sleep No More includes a commentary from actor Reece Shearsmith and writer Mark Gatiss.

Every episode barring Last Christmas is accompanied by a short Doctor Who Extra feature, going behind the scenes with cast and crew. Additionally, a number of other extras are also included. Writing Who follows Sarah Dollard's journey as she wrote Face the Raven, while in Dalek Devotion, Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat recall their earliest memories of the killing machines. In The Adventures of River Song, Alex Kingston and Steven Moffat explore how the character came to be created and what happened when the cast discovered River's true identity.

Other items include Sublime Online - a video selection of online clips from behind the scenes - and Clara's Journey, in which Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Eleventh Doctor actor Matt Smith reflect on the longest-serving companion of the revived series to date. Rounding off the set are web prelude The Doctor's Meditation and the prologue to The Magician's Apprentice, deleted scenes, a recap of the 2014 series, BBC trailers, the 2015 San Diego Comic Con Panel, an interview with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman hosted by Wil Wheaton, and a brief look at the online series Doctor Who: The Fan Show.

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

The Drosten's Curse paperback

BBC Books has announced that a paperback version of A.L. Kennedy's novel The Drosten's Curse will be published on 21 January 2016, priced £7.99.

Based on Kennedy's Doctor Who: Time Trips short story The Death Pit, The Drosten's Curse was originally published in hardback in July 2015 and features the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker.

Some very strange things are happening in Arbroath when the Fourth Doctor arrives at the Fetch Brothers Golf Spa Hotel. Unsuspecting golfers are being eaten by the bunkers on the golf course. The twin grandchildren of Mrs Fetch, the rather strange and octopus-obsessed owner of the hotel, seem to have the ability to materialise from walls. People in the area can suddenly hear the thoughts of others – and they don’t like what they’re hearing. With the help of the Fetch Brothers junior day receptionist Bryony, and the hindrance of inept guest Ian Patterson, the Doctor discovers something huge, ancient and alien asleep under Arbroath… Can they prevent it from waking up and destroying the world, before the residents of Arbroath finish each other off?

“I always loved tuning in to Doctor Who,” says A.L. Kennedy, “although there were the usual tussles with my parents over whether it was too scary or not. I think the Doctor is actually quite a good way of introducing children to scary things in a safe way. I think the Doctor is good company for kids. He’s a being who’s fun, who challenges ways you might have been told to think, who always goes for the best, most intelligent solution to a problem, who always tries to build and not destroy and who generally has a great appetite for life – there can be no harm in that. And having anything to do with adding to the Doctor’s adventures makes me very happy.”

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Doctor Who Magazine Issue 494

Panini has released the details for Issue 494 of Doctor Who Magazine - a 100-page festive edition available from today.

Doctor Who Magazine takes a look forward to this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special – The Husbands of River Song – and also features an exclusive interview with the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi...

We asked Peter how the Doctor is going to cope with meeting River Song again?

“There’s a very different dynamic,” Peter replies. “As you’ll see, she doesn’t know it’s him at first. She can’t be convinced that it is, so she’s sort of not interested in him! He gets a taste of his own medicine, from her. She treats him very coldly, and flirts with a lot of other people in front of him. He doesn’t get any flirting, which I think upsets him. Eventually – finally! – she recognises him. But then another element comes into play and… well, you’ll have to wait and see. But it’s fun…”

Also inside Issue 494...

DWM previews the exciting Christmas Special The Husbands of River Song and talks exclusively with writer Steven Moffat.

We chat to Inbetweeners star Greg Davis about his upcoming role as King Hydroflax – husband to River Song – in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions about Trap Streets, Zygons and why Osgood is Osgood.

There’s a brand-new comic strip this issue: The Dragon Lord, written by Steve Lyons and illustrated by Adrian Salmon.

In her column Relative Dimensions, Jacqueline Rayner wonders if question-mark underpants will be available in time for Christmas.

DWM goes behind the scenes of this year’s final two episodes, Heaven Sent and Hell Bent, and chats to director Rachel Talalay about how she went about bringing back Gallifrey.

Actor Donald Sumpter, who previously appeared in 1968’s The Wheel in Space and 1972’s The Sea Devils, chats about meeting his third Doctor, and about his appearance as Rassilon in the recent Hell Bent.

Writer of this year’s acclaimed Zygon two-parter, Peter Harness, talks exclusively to DWM and explains how a Saturday teatime children’s show can simultaneously speak to adults about serious political issues.

DWM travels back in time to January to relive the Doctor Who highlights of this year.

One of the people responsible for Clara’s death – Sarah Dollard, writer of Face the Raven – explains her actions!

DWM reviews the final four episodes of the latest series: Sleep No More, Face the Raven, Heaven Sent and Hell Bent, as well as revisiting the Doctor’s first Christmas Day appearance in 1965’s The Feast of Steven. We also take a look at the latest books, audios and Doctor Who gifts which make perfect stocking fillers.

All the latest Doctor Who merchandise releases, including the much-anticipated War Doctor audio dramas from Big Finish, Only the Monstrous.

PLUS! All the latest official news, competitions, The Watcher’s Fiendishly Festive Christmas Quiz, the DWM Christmas Crossword and a massive double-sided poster!

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 494 is on sale from Thursday 10 December 2015, price £5.99.

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

The Husbands of River Song trailers

Last night's broadcast of Hell Bent, the finale to the 2015 series, was followed by no less than two trailers for this year's Christmas special, The Husbands of River Song, featuring the return of Alex Kingston after an absence of over two years.

Firstly, the series finale included a 'Next Time' trail for the hour-long festive episode:

For UK viewers, this was immediately followed by a separate BBC One trailer:

The Husbands of River Song airs on BBC One at 5:15pm on Christmas Day:

It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. 

King Hydroflax is furious, his giant robot bodyguard is out of control and coming for them all! Will Nardole survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is?

All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.

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Friday, 4 December 2015

The Beginner's Guide to Doctor Who on BBC Store

BBC Store - the new digital service allowing users to buy, download and keep shows from the BBC - has curated The Beginner's Guide to Doctor Who, a special collection of stories aimed at introducing new fans to the 52-year history of the world's longest-running sci-fi show.

“Some people might feel a bit overwhelmed by Doctor Who and not know where to start exploring it,” says BBC Store’s Simon Farquhar. “If you’ve ever found yourself wondering about the history of the Whoniverse and how it evolved, then our Beginner's Guide is here to help audiences navigate time and space across the most imaginative world television has ever created. We’ve tried to select stories that exemplify the different eras the show has gone through, from the eerie black and white beginnings to the Gothic horror of the mid-Seventies and the fast-paced furore of today’s series. It’s been difficult with so many episodes and Doctors to choose from, but this collection is a fun way to begin exploring Doctor Who.”

BBC Store purchases can be streamed online from and the 'My Programmes' tab of the BBC iPlayer website, or downloaded onto a PC or Mac. A bespoke app is available now for Windows 10 users, with iOS and Android apps coming soon.

The collection includes fan favourite Blink starring Carey Mulligan and introducing the Weeping Angels, Doctor Who’s return to BBC One in Rose with Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, and numerous classic stories including Jon Pertwee's d├ębut appearance in Spearhead from Space, and Genesis of the Daleks - introducing twisted Dalek creator Davros.

The Beginner's Guide to Doctor Who is online now. The full list of stories is as follows:

The Tomb of the Cybermen (Patrick Troughton, 1967)
Spearhead from Space (Jon Pertwee, 1970)
Genesis of the Daleks (Tom Baker, 1975)
The Talons of Weng-Chiang (Tom Baker, 1977)
Earthshock (Peter Davison, 1982)
Rose (Christopher Eccleston, 2005)
Blink (David Tennant, 2007)
The Day of the Doctor (Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, 2013)
Mummy on the Orient Express (Peter Capaldi, 2014)

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TARDIS Set Tours

The Doctor Who Experience is giving fans the chance to step foot onto the TARDIS set used in the 2015 series, featuring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, in its studio setting.

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By purchasing a special TARDIS Tour + General Admission ticket, visitors can take part in the interactive experience and visit the exhibition hall at the Doctor Who Experience at Cardiff Bay, but will also have the opportunity to visit the TARDIS set located within walking distance of the Experience at the BBC's Roath Lock Drama Studios.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the official Doctor Who Experience website. The tours will run from 9 December 2015 until 3 January 2016.

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Doctor Who Adventures Issue 9

Panini has released details of Issue 9 of the Doctor Who Adventures magazine, available now.

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This issue comes with a free hand-painted mega-poster of Skaro from Robot City’s Paul Collicutt.

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Scream Street’s Tommy Donbavand scripts this issue’s comic strip, in which the TARDIS gets clamped for contravening several time and space laws as laid out by the Ministry of Time.

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Get ready for a look back at some of the Christmas dangers the Doctor has faced over the last ten years, before finding out if you’ve got what it takes to Save Christmas.

River shows you how to decorate your Christmas tree with some fiendish Snowmen Baubles.

Delve into the UNIT Alien Archive and find out all about the duplicitous Leandro from Delta Leonis.

This month, Strax takes you to Trenzalore, Zygor, Ember and Tiaanammat for some Christmas space exploration.

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a cool board game to play, and this time you can be River or the Doctor as you race through the night to Christmas morning facing all manner of dangers including the Sycorax, the Racnoss, Dream Crabs and Robot Angels.

Then get ready for a real Victorian mystery as James Peaty relates the tale of how the Paternoster Gang came up against the horrifying Dissolving Man!

Issue 9 of Doctor Who Adventures comes with a free Dalek Blaster and mega-poster of Skaro. It is available now, price £3.99.

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