Bookmark and Share Ronnie Corbett 1930-2016

3/31/2016 01:50:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Ronnie Corbett as Archie in The Two Ronnies Christmas Special 1983 - The Adventures of Archie (Credit: BBC)
Ronnie Corbett with Elisabeth Sladen for the Comic Relief Special. Credit: BBC
The actor/comedian Ronnie Corbett has died, aged 85.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he started his acting career after National Service, initially playing a number of schoolchild roles owing to his height, before migrating into comedy on television with the likes of Dickie Henderson and Jimmy Tarbuck However, it was in during The Frost Report in 1966 where he was to first meet and work alongside Ronnie Barker, leading to their successful partnership in The Two Ronnies, running between 1971 and 1987 plus specials, and the show that made him a household name.

His other major television role was as Timothy Lumsden in Sorry!, which ran from 1981-1988. In later years he appeared in films including Fierce Creatures and Burke and Hare, and on television in shows like The Ronnie Corbett Show, game show Small Talk and Ronnie's Animal Crackers, and also made appearance as 'himself' in both Extras and Little Britain.

Though not directly related to Doctor Who, he "inherits" the TARDIS from a 'Doctor' of sorts played by Ronnie Barker in their 1983 Christmas Special sketch, The Adventures of Archie. He was later to appear in The Sarah Jane Adventures universe, playing an ambassador that later turned out to be a Slitheen in the 2009 Comic Relief segment From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love.

Outside of his career, Corbett was a keen golfer, and was also president of the Lord's Taverners cricketing charity in 1982 and 1987. He received an OBE in 1978 and then a CBE in 2012 for services to entertainment and charity.

He was married to actress and dancer Anne Hart, with two daughters who also act, Emma and Sophie.

Ronald Balfour Corbett, 4th Dec 1930 - 31 Mar 2016

Bookmark and Share Michelle Gomez nominated for BAFTA Award

3/30/2016 12:13:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Michelle Gomez as Missy (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)The nominations for the 2016 BAFTA Television Awards have now been announced, and actress Michelle Gomez has been nominated in the Supporting Actress category for her role in Doctor Who.

The actresses up for this category are:
  • Eleanor Worthington-Cox, for The Enfield Haunting
  • Chanel Cresswell, for This Is England '90
  • Michelle Gomez, for Doctor Who
  • Lesley Manville, for River

The BAFTA Awards take place on Sunday 8th May at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and will be broadcast live on BBC One.

Doctor Who's return to television garnered it both the Drama Series Award and Pioneer Audience Award in 2006, with its lead writer Russell T Davies also receiving the Dennis Potter Award; one of the key forces behind the show's successful return, Jane Tranter, received the Alan Clarke Award in 2009 (presented by then Doctor David Tennant). In more recent times, current lead writer Steven Moffat received the Special Award in 2012, and the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor won the Radio Times Audience Award in 2014. Current Doctor Peter Capaldi has also been a recipient, winning the award for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for his role as Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It.

Doctor Who has also been nominated in the BAFTA Craft Awards, with effects companies Milk VFX, Millennium FX, Real SFX, Molinare up for Special, Visual and Graphics Effects, a category the show has been nominated for every year since 2007 and receiving in 2009, 2014, and last year.

Bookmark and Share Lethbridge-Stewart: free download for Easter short story The Black Eggs of Khufu

3/26/2016 11:20:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Black Eggs of Khufu (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books has released a brand new Lethbridge-Stewart short story for Easter, which is being made available free to readers. The Black Eggs of Khufu is written by Tom Dexter and features an ancient alien mystery, camels, explosions and a ‘great egg race’ across the desert.

Lauren Thomas, who recently joined Candy Jar Books as digital and social media assistant, said:
We really thought that Tom Dexter had reached his peak with The Fright Before Christmas. That was until we read his story about the pyramids.

Forthcoming publications from Candy Jar Books include a limited edition anthology of short stories originally released online, The HAVOC Files (almost sold out!), and the next in their full Lethbridge Stewart novels, Moon Blink by Sadie Miller.

Full details on how to purchase the books and for downloading The Black Eggs of Jhufu can be found via their website.

Bookmark and Share Adrienne Corri 1930-2016

3/26/2016 02:10:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The actress Adrienne Corri has died at the age of 85

Adrienne Corri played Mena in 1980 story The Leisure Hive, the first story of Tom Baker's last Doctor Who season.

Cori appeared in a number of film roles, and is probably best known for playing Mrs. Alexander in the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange. She played Lara's mother in David Lean's 1965 film Dr. Zhivago and appeared in the Otto Preminger thriller Bunny Lake is missing .

Other films include Devil Girl from Mars, The Tell-Tale Heart, A Study in Terror and Vampire Circus. She played Therese Duval in Revenge of the Pink Panther.

Her television credits include playing Angelica in Sword of Freedom, Grace Gould in A Family at War, and Lady Rebecca in Lovejoy.

Bookmark and Share Legacy Easter Update

3/25/2016 06:37:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Legacy Legacy Doctor Who Legacy has launched a new event for Easter. Using the new Easter Egg gem skins players can hunt down Easter eggs hidden around the levels of Legacy and collect a set of Adipose allies.

All levels in the game feature 150% experience, levels in the fan area are set to 200%

The Easter Sale is also now live giving 30% more crystals as well as a New Season 9 Pack with Season 9 characters and costumes, and a Sale on other packs including Season 8 and the complete Doctor set.

The Trickster Event, which will run for approximately 6 weeks, is also now live. The Trickster and his Brigade will use the chaos created by The Master to grow their influence over the world of Doctor Who: Legacy.

Each week during the Trickster Event, a new member of the Trickster Event team, will be rewarded for free, as a guaranteed drop. The team is comprised of: The Tenth Doctor (in his 3D glasses), Sarah Jane, Peri, Saibra, a Zygon, and the TARDIS.

Bookmark and Share Amazon Prime confirmed to exclusively stream Doctor Who in United States

3/21/2016 08:49:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Amazon Prime instant video (Credit: Amazon)Amazon and BBC Worldwide North America have announced that Doctor Who will be available to stream exclusively from Prime Video in the United States, kicking off with the first eight of the modern series from 27th March, with last year's Series 9 and The Husbands of River Song to follow in the autumn.

The show will be available to Prime members for no additional charge.

Back in February, BBC Worldwide announced an exclusive streaming deal with CraveTV in Canada.

Bookmark and Share Peter Capaldi accepts Guinness World Records title

3/21/2016 02:12:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Peter Capaldi Accepts Guinness World Records title Peter Capaldi has accepted the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Doctor Who Characters, at the La Mole Comic Con in Mexico City last Saturday.

The actor has been on a promotional tour to Mexico City, where the series is known as Doctor Misterio. After being mobbed at the airport the actor attended La Mole Comic Con where the record was attempted.

All in all 492 Doctor Who doppelgängers, Daleks and Oods joined the actual Doctor as part of the Guinness World Records attempt. Peter Capaldi and Executive Producer Brian Minchin were in The city to celebrate the premier of Doctor Who, Season 9 on NBC’s channel Syfy.

Doctor Who already holds the Guinness World Record as the Longest running sci-fi series while Doctor Who Magazine is the Longest Running Magazine Based on a Television Series. The 50th Anniversaty story The Day of the Doctor was named the world's largest-ever simulcast of a TV drama.

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Bookmark and Share The Doctor Who Project

3/20/2016 01:34:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who Project [TDWP] is seeking story proposals to form part of a forthcoming season of short stories.

TDWP centers on the continuing adventures of an alternate Tenth Doctor and his current travelling companion Hannah Redfoot. Stories are published as part of an overall season that concentrates on delivering a collection of short stories that sees the Doctor facing new and original situations in time and space.

The stories have typically been anywhere from 12,000-40,000 words and have featured elements from the original 1963-89 television series as well as original creations developed by the writers. The stories are published as free downloadable PDF documents featuring a novel-like layout and specially created covers.

The project is looking for imaginative, original and entertaining stories that see the Doctor and his companion travel and experience the wonders of the universe.

For details on how to contribute a story proposal to TDWP see the Submission Guidelines.

Bookmark and Share The Essential Doctor Who #7

3/19/2016 02:09:00 am - Reported by Marcus

THE ESSENTIAL DOCTOR WHO #7: TIME LORDS (Credit: Panini) The makers of Doctor Who Magazine have released the latest in their series of bookazines, with a 116-page issue devoted to the Doctor’s own race.

The Time Lords includes exclusive interviews with Terrance Dicks (co-writer of The War Games), Stephen Thorne (who played Omega in The Three Doctors), Michael Jayston (the Valeyard in The Trial of a Time Lord), Douglas Mackinnon (the director of Listen) and T’Nia Miller (who played the female incarnation of Gallifrey’s General in Hell Bent). In another of the issue’s highlights Andrew Smith – the writer of the 1980 story Full Circle – interviews Lalla Ward, who played the second incarnation of Time Lady Romana.

Elsewhere there are detailed guides to Time Lord books and comic strips, and a look at the complex events of the Time War. Each Gallifrey story receives its own, two-page episode guide. The issue is richly illustrated with rare pictures and previously unseen production designs.

Editor Marcus Hearn says
The events of the last series restored the Time Lords, and their home planet Gallifrey, to the forefront of Doctor Who. We’ve brought together that mythology and production information in a guide that covers everything you need to know – from The Time Meddler in 1965 to Hell Bent in 2015.
The Essential Doctor Who: The Time Lords is on sale now price £9.99.

Bookmark and Share Bad Wolf Bluetooth Speaker

3/18/2016 04:18:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Bad Wolf TARDIS Pop culture electronics company, FAMETEK LLC has announced the introduction of their new BAD WOLF TARDIS Bluetooth™ Speaker under license from BBC Worldwide North America.

The 5.5” tall speakers materialise in the form of the Ninth and Tenth Doctors’TARDIS, with BAD WOLF painted on the side. Along with the wireless feature, the BAD WOLF TARDIS also has six TARDIS sound effects that indicate functions as well as LEDs that illuminate the top lamp and windows of the Doctor’s time machine.

In 2015 Massive Audio released the 8” TARDIS and Dalek Bluetooth speakers along with wired/wireless headphone collections, which were both hits. The company is now gearing up for a new collection of 5” tall figural speakers, premiering with the BAD WOLF TARDIS. Massive, under itsnew FAMETEK brand, will follow up with a Tenth Doctorfigural speaker in May 2016.

Jeremy Larsson of Massive Audio Inc said
We have experienced overwhelming support for our wireless Doctor Who speakers and are very excited to roll out the new Doctor Who 5” speaker range. There is a lot more to come in this collection!
The speakers are currently available in the USA and Canada, and will soon be available in the UK and Australia. The sets include
  • Sound Clips: Materialize, Dematerialize, Cloister Bell, Flight, Turbulence
  • Top LED flashes when powered On/Off.
  • Windows illuminates when paired with device and flash when paring.
  • Auxiliary IN for direct connection via 3.5mm cable
  • Multi-Function interface for Volume / Play / Pause / >> / << / Phone / Power
  • 1.5” full range driver with precision tuned ported enclosure + 1.5” bass radiator
  • Mil spec PCB with SMD parts for amplification
  • USB Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with 5 hour life of constant playback
  • Battery indicator display / voice battery low indicator
  • 5.89"(H) × 2.98"(D) × 2.98(W) / 149.6mm(H) * 75.6mm(W) * 75.6mm(D)
For more information please contact FAMETEK or visit the Facebook page


Bookmark and Share Fourth Doctor Comic Arrives

3/17/2016 04:31:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Next Wednesday March 23, 2016, sees the long awaited release of DOCTOR WHO: THE FOURTH DOCTOR #1: a brand-new mini-series featuring the The Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker, and his companion Sarah Jane Smith, as played by Elisabeth Sladen.

This series is penned by the creative team of Robbie Burns, Witch Hunter -​ ​Gordon Rennie (2000AD, Judge Dredd, Department of Monsterology) and Emma Beeby - and illustrated by Brian Williamson (Twelfth Doctor).

Victorian England. A mysterious woman commands a hidden army in a house of the blind. Scryclops stalk the streets…. and something alien and terrible screams from prehistory – with a hunger that cannot be satisfied! The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith return for an allnew adventure: GAZE OF THE MEDUSA!
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Bookmark and Share New Eighth Doctor Comic

3/14/2016 11:15:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This week sees Titan release a new comic featuring The Eighth Doctor.


Writer: George Mann
Artist: Emma Vieceli
Cover A: Rachael Stott, Cover B: Photo, Cover C: Carolyn Edwards

It's the final stop on the Eighth Doctor's enigmatic to-do list: a Bakri Resurrection Barge, where the super-rich are 'remade' into luxurious artificial bodies after corporeal death. But the resurrectees are dying... their bodies rebelling against their implanted minds! And what is the shocking truth Josie has been hiding from the Doctor?


Bookmark and Share LEGO TARDIS at Sydney Royal Easter Show

3/14/2016 09:16:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

LEGO TARDIS at the Sydney Royal Easter Show (Credit: BBC Worldwide)A full-size LEGO® replica of the TARDIS will feature at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show, which takes place in the Australian city every year.

The item will be installed outside of Showbag Hall on Riverina Avenue to promote the first ever Doctor Who showbag at the event. The exclusive showbag, licensed by Bensons Trading, will contain a variety of merchandise, including a TARDIS design back pack, tin case, beanie hat, notebook and lanyard, and a Doctor Who tote bag. The showbag will be available to purchase for $26 (normal retail value $64.70).

Doctor Who Showbag (Credit: Bensons Trading)Brigid Roberts, Business Manager, Licensing and Sponsorship, BBC Worldwide ANZ, said:
We’re delighted to able to offer Whovians in Australia another chance to see the LEGO® TARDIS, and get their hands on a showbag full of treats for aspiring Time Lords.
Rebel Ruby, Product Development, Bensons Trading Co, said:
Bensons are very excited to release the brand new Doctor Who showbag at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show. We have worked closely with BBC Worldwide ANZ to come up with a fantastic pack that will have Doctor Who fans flocking to the show.

The LEGO replica, previously seen at last year's Doctor Who Festival, will be in place throughout the whole of the Royal Easter Show, which takes place between the 17th and 30th March at Sydney Olympic Park. Fans are encouraged to share their photos with the TARDIS on social media using the #legotardis hashtag.
(with thanks to BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand)

Bookmark and Share Unofficial Doctor Who Book Guide

3/13/2016 03:46:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Book Guide
Volume 2 of The unofficial Doctor Who Book Guide is currently being prepared and is looking for contributors.

The publishers are asking for short items, around 200 words each, on any fictional Doctor Who book that isn't part of the Target range.

Any profits from the project will go towards cancer research.

For details contact the team via their Facebook page.

Bookmark and Share Peter Capaldi - Draw My Life

3/12/2016 03:27:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Peter Capaldi has been talking to The Fan Show who asked him to draw his Doctor Who life. Like all good artists he decided to interpret the brief and drew some old Doctors.

Bookmark and Share Lethbridge-Stewart: The Havoc Files / In His Kiss

3/09/2016 02:31:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Havoc Files (Credit: Candy-Jar Books)As part of their ongoing series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, Candy Jar Books also published a number of short stories to accompany them as downloads; these have now been collected together and will be published as an anthology, The HAVOC Files.

The book includes the stories: Ambush (Andy Frankham-Allen), Legacies (Norma Ashley), One Cold Step (Andy Frankham-Allen), The Cult of the Grinning Man (Tom Dexter), The Dogs of War (Andy Frankham-Allen), and The Fright Before Christmas (Tom Dexter). As an added bonus the collection also includes a previously unreleased story, The Enfolded Time, by Andy Frankham-Allen; the author said:
I did play with calling this one The Many Brigadiers, as we are in the unique position of being able to deal with the dating issues that plagued Lethbridge-Stewart during his time in Doctor Who. And, to break with tradition, this story is set outside the normal Lethbridge-Stewart narrative, taking place in 1990. It will, hopefully, prove to be a very different kind of story.

Lethbridge-Stewart: In His Kiss (Credit: Candy Jar Books)In keeping with the tradition of accompanying e-books, this title will be no exception, with purchasers of the book also to receive a digital copy of In His Kiss, written by best-selling author Sue Hampton. Set during Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart’s early days as a teenager in 1945, it is described as "a haunting tale of lost love". The author added:
It was exciting to get to know a young Alastair, haunted by his brother's death and painfully in love for the first time. I really savoured the challenge of exploring beyond my comfort zone – and for the Brig-to-be, things are certainly anything but comfortable!

The HAVOC Files will only be available as a strictly limited edition print run of 300 copies, available directly from the Candy Jar Bookstore.

The new series of Lethbridge-Stewart begins in April with the release of Moon Blink by Sadie Miller.

Bookmark and Share Series Nine exhibits arrive at the Doctor Who Experience

3/09/2016 01:57:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff has now been updated to feature props and costumes from the latest series of Doctor Who, shown last year, including the Christmas Special, The Husbands of River Song. Costumes include those worn by the Doctor, Clara, River Song and Ashildr, alongside monsters such as the Mire, Sandmen, the Veil, and Colony Sarff. Displays also include sets such as the Davros Hospital Room and Trap Street.

Davros&#039;s Hospital Room, at the Doctor Who Experience (Credit: BBC Worldwide) Davros&#039;s Hospital Room, at the Doctor Who Experience (Credit: BBC Worldwide)
Trap Street, at the Doctor Who Experience 2016 (Credit: BBC Worldwide) The Osgood Box, at the Doctor Who Experience 2016 (Credit: BBC Worldwide)

(with thanks to BBC Worldwide)

Bookmark and Share Genesis of the Daleks back on vinyl

3/09/2016 01:36:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Demon Records to re-release a special version of the 1970s vinyl soundtrack of Genesis of the Daleks - featuring linking narration by Tom Baker - as part of the this year's Record Store Day, taking place on 16th April 2016.

Genesis of the Daleks (vinyl record) (Credit: Demon Records/BBC)Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks

A special reissue of an audio Doctor Who adventure, which was originally released in 1978 on BBC Records. This collector’s edition is released on 180g heavy weight ‘TARDIS blue’ coloured vinyl and is a must-have for all Whovians. The recording was one of the first Doctor Who audio adventures, a condensed soundtrack version of a TV episode with Tom Baker providing bridging narration. The story unfolds as Doctor Who travels to the desolate planet Skaro to avert the creation of the Daleks.

This highly collectable reissue of one the most dramatic episodes in the show’s history has been recreated with the original BBC Records artwork and accompanying sleeve notes.

Bookmark and Share Peter Capaldi discusses future

3/09/2016 08:43:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Peter Capaldi on Steve Wright in the Afternoon (Credit: BBC)Peter Capaldi appeared on a number of programmes yesterday to promote the release of Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series on DVD, Blu-ray, and through the BBC Store, during which he also discussed his present and potential future involvement with the show.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's The Janice Forsyth Show, he discussed his thoughts on continuing to play the Doctor when the show's next lead writer Chris Chibnall takes over with presenter Edi Stark:
I haven't made my mind up. I've been asked to stay on, which is lovely, and I think Chris Chibnall's fantastic and a wonderful choice. To be perfectly honest, it's so far away in the future, and I don't - you know, Doctor Who is a very difficult thing to say goodbye to, and I don't want to make that decision right now. I don't know yet - they've asked me to stay on, so when I am forced to make that decision I will make it.
Speaking on BBC Radio Two's Steve Wright in the Afternoon, he said:
I love being Doctor Who, so I will be around as it's right to be around.

Meanwhile, the next series, which definitely continues his adventures with the Doctor, will begin filming soon; when asked on ITV's Lorraine show, he responded:
It's going to start very soon. For some reason I'm not allowed to tell you, because Doctor Who is veiled in secrecy always!

The new series will also feature the new companion, with Peter telling Steve Wright:
It's sad when Jenna was on the show before I arrived so she was my welcome to the show and she introduced me to it, and told me where to go and where to get my corned beef and where to sit and all that stuff, and she was absolutely lovely so I'll miss her very much. We're going to have a new companion, because we're just obviously about to start filming the new season - it's going to be someone very different who will be announced shortly. I really can't say who that is, but the whole dynamic is going to be very different - but that's good too, you know, it's a different character.

Radio Times has reported that, in addition to his usual duties in Doctor Who, Capaldi may also make a guest appearance in spin-off series Class, which is due to commence filming in April.

Bookmark and Share BBC Shop to close

3/08/2016 02:00:00 am - Reported by Marcus

BBC Worldwide is to close the online BBC Shop, which sells Books, DVDs, BluRays and games related to BBC output.

Instead the company will concentrate on BBC Store, which launched last year and offers digital copies of BBC programs.

BBC Worldwide explained its thinking
The DVD market has been in decline for a number of years as consumers move to digital viewing. The market no longer supports the commercial release of many of the titles we’re able to make available on BBC Store. BBC Worldwide returns profits to the BBC’s Public Service to reinvest in programming.
The shop closes on 30th March. A number of bargains, including items of Doctor Who mechendise, can be obtained while stocks last.

Bookmark and Share The Twelfth Doctor Comic - Year 2 #3

3/07/2016 08:10:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This week sees Titan release a new comic from The Twelfth Doctor.


WRITER: Robbie Morrison
ARTIST: Rachael Stott
COVER BY: Alex Ronald

Chaos descends on the private Scottish school of Ravenscaur, as secrets sunk at the bottom of the bay are dragged into the light! As the Doctor investigates reports of a Tunguska-style event that shook the heavens decades previous, Clara unravels an establishment conspiracy that cuts to the country’s heart!