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Happy Easter Doctor Who?

Blogtor Who - Wed, 08/30/2023 - 18:00
A return to Easter might be on the cards for the new series of Doctor Who

Will Doctor Who be returning to an Easter weekend slot for the season premiere? While scheduling details are yet to be confirmed, signs are that Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor may well be dropping in to living rooms around the world alongside chocolate eggs and bunny ears. An article on the BBC Culture page has given us our biggest hint yet of when the new series arrives. And that Doctor Who Series Fourteen will appear earlier next year rather than later.

Included among the details of Ncuti Gatwa’s casting, the Disney+ deal and other bits and pieces, it claimed “Three hour-long special episodes of Doctor Who will be available from November 2023, with a Christmas special dropping in December and a new season in Spring 2024.”

However, it’s important to note that this was quickly removed from the piece. That’s likely because Russell T Davies’ team and the BBC are simply not ready to announce it. On the other hand, it’s not impossible the information was actually wrong.

But a Spring 2024 broadcast would make sense. Filming on the series wrapped in July, with pre-production already underway on Series Fifteen. So holding over the episodes until next Autumn never seemed particularly probable. After all, the following series may well have finished filming my then!


All Davies’ previous series of the show kicked off on, or close to, Easter

If we assume for a moment that the Doctor and Ruby will return to our screens in Spring, we might be in for an Easter premiere. Back in 2005, Davies’ first run on Doctor Who exploded on to our screens on Easter Saturday. It then went on to dominate Saturday nights right up until the start of the summer holidays. Series Two launched on Easter Saturday too, while RTD’s remaining two series never premiered more than a week away from Easter. Finally, of course, the Easter bank holiday weekend slot was still considered valuable enough in 2009 that one of that year’s specials was scheduled then.

Easter Saturday next year will be the 30th of March. That’s not only Easter, but it’s within a couple of days of the median date for all Davies’ previous Who premieres: the 2nd of April. So could we be looking at the eight episodes running from the 30th of March to the 18th of May? Well, Blogtor Who wouldn’t bet against it…


Doctor Who 60th Anniversary poster (c) BBC Studios Doctor Who returns in November with three 60th Anniversary specials on BBC One in the UK and Ireland, and Disney+ worldwide

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Doctor Who Art Exhibition Celebrates 60 Years

Blogtor Who - Mon, 08/28/2023 - 22:00
Adventures in Time and Space – 60 Years of Doctor Who Art gives fans a unique chance to see a world of rare art from across the Whoniverse

A new exhibit of Doctor Who art from across the show’s history will be opening at Weston Museum this October. The exhibit is the largest collection of original and digital art from and about the programme ever in one location. It will showcase pieces that originally graced the covers of books, videos, annuals and comics. These include the original cover art for the very first Doctor Who Annual. There’s even a painting that made its debut on the show itself.

This artistic ensemble features legends like Andrew Skilleter, whose art has become as timeless as the Doctor’s adventures, and Chris Achilleos, the genius behind the iconic covers of the Target Doctor Who novels. There’s also Colin Howard, the artist responsible for many video covers, and the legendary Dave Gibbons of Marvel comics fame. More art comes from pop culture chronicler Jeff Cummins, and storyboard extraordinaire Mike Collins from Bad Wolf Studios. The line-up continues with Jessica Martin, Bill Donohoe, David McAllister, Lee Binding, Lee Sullivan, Sophie Leong, Gwen Burns, Eren Angiolini, and the dynamic duo Anthony Dry & Stuart Crouch.

As well as the artists themselves, private collectors have loaned their most precious pieces to the Weston Museum. It all gives other fans a rare chance to see them.


Adventures in Time and Space: 60 Years of Doctor Who Art at Weston Museum. Art by Roy Knipe Weston Museum has free admission and is open to the public five days a week

And is that wasn’t enough, after your wander through six decades of Doctor Who visual history, you can take a break in the museum’s own coffee shop, named in a lovely coincidence: Clara’s Cafe. Though visitors getting disappeared into time and space might get more than their money’s worth…

Adventures in Time and Space – 60 Years of Doctor Who Art opens on the 21st of October, and runs until the 27th of January. Admission is free, and the museum is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday each week. For more details and updates, see the Weston Museum official website.

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Forbidden Planet’s Doctor Who Diamond Collection is Almost Complete!

Blogtor Who - Sun, 08/27/2023 - 21:00
Forbidden Planet‘s Diamond Collection is almost complete, as the Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth Doctors arrive

Recent weeks have seen Forbidden Planet’s range of 60th Anniversary Doctor Who merchandise, the Diamond Collection, edge towards its final form. It’s added new items celebrating the Smith, Capaldi, and Whittaker eras, including the Curator and Fugitive Doctors. There are new t-shirts, sweatshirts, coasters, badges, mugs, postcards and art prints.

The Eleventh Doctor is represented by two designs: a portrait of him in his Series Seven costume, and one showing a collection of all the different things he’s declared “cool.” The Twelfth Doctor has three designs: a portrait of him in his ‘minimalist magician’ outfit, the Listen quote “Fear is a Super-power!” and a design inspired by Heaven Sent and the line “I am in 12.” Bringing us almost up to date, the Thirteenth Doctor gets two more designs: a portrait and the “When People Need Help I Never Refuse” quote.

Meanwhile the Curator and Fugitive Doctors both feature in portrait designs across various items.

The complete list includes:
  • The Fugitive Doctor coaster
  • The Fugitive Doctor mug
  • The Fugitive Doctor sweatshirt
  • The Fugitive Doctor t-shirt (unisex and women’s fits
  • The Eleventh Doctor art print
  • The Eleventh Doctor coaster
  • The Eleventh Doctor mug
  • The Eleventh Doctor sweatshirt
  • The Eleventh Doctor t-shirt (unisex and women’s fits)
  • Bow Ties are Cool pin badge
  • …Are Cool art print
  • Fezzes are Cool coaster
  • …Are Cool mug
  • …Are Cool sweatshirt
  • …Are Cool t-shirt (unisex and women’s fits)
  • Twelfth Doctor art print
  • Twelfth Doctor coaster
  • Twelfth Doctor mug
  • Twelfth Doctor sweatshirt
  • Twelfth Doctor t-shirt (unisex and women’s fits)
  • Fear is a Super-power coaster
  • Fear is a Super-power mug
  • Fear is a Super-power pin badge
  • How Many Seconds in Eternity art print
  • How Many Seconds in Eternity sweatshirt
  • How Many Seconds in Eternity t-shirt (unisex and women’s fits)
  • The Thirteenth Doctor art print
  • The Thirteenth Doctor coaster
  • The Thirteenth Doctor mug
  • The Thirteenth Doctor sweatshirt
  • The Thirteenth Doctor t-shirt (unisex and women’s fits)
  • When People Need Help I Never Refuse pin badge
  • When People Need Help I Never Refuse art print
  • When People Need Help I Never Refuse coaster
  • When People Need Help I Never Refuse mug
  • When People Need Help I Never Refuse sweatshirt
  • When People Need Help I Never Refuse t-shirt (unisex and women’s fits)
  • The Curator art print
  • The Curator coaster
  • The Curator sweatshirt
  • The Curator mug
  • The Curator t-shirt (unisex and women’s fits)


There are also a selection of postcards showcasing designs from the Diamond Collection

There are also two new postcard sets. One contains nine cards, showing portraits for Doctor 10-14, as well as the Fugitive, Meta-Crisis and War Doctors. The second set has eight cards based on the quote designs from the second half of the Diamond Collection. The include “Doctor No More,” “Absolutely Fantastic,” “My Sarah Jane,” Impossible Planet, “…Are Cool,” “On Earth We Call This Christmas,” “How Many Seconds in Eternity?” and “When People Need Help I Never Refuse.”


Meanwhile, many of the designs celebrating the first nine Doctors, as well as John Hurt’s Time War incarnation, are still available now on posters, t-shirts, prints, badges and more. So too are t-shirts and hats featuring the “60 YEARS” logo and a series of monsterous items featuring the Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti, Sutekh, and many, many more. So whether you’d like a copy of the “IT IS FORBIDDEN TO DUMP BODIES IN THE RIVER” poster from The Dalek Invasion of Earth, a “Reverse the Polarity” mug, or a “Greatest Show in the Galaxy” hoodie, there’s still time to pick up yours!

The full list is available from Forbidden Planet now.

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Cybermen: The Ultimate Comic Strip Collection

Blogtor Who - Sat, 08/26/2023 - 22:00
A new volume collects the Doctor Who Magazine Cybermen comics

A new collection of the Cybermen comic strips from the pages of Doctor Who Magazine is on the way soon. Cybermen: The Ultimate Comic Strip Collection arrives on the 1st of September. Plus, if you order directly from Panini’s online store you’ll also receive an exclusive, limited edition art print of Anthony Lamb’s stunning cover artwork free with your copy of the book (while stocks last.) In addition to the strips themselves, the volume also includes commentary and behind the scenes information from script editor and writer Scott Gray and comics historian Paul Scoones. It also includes stories written by comic book legends Alan Moore (Watchmen) and Grant Morrison (Doom Patrol).


The stories featured are:
  • Throwback: The Soul of a Cyberman by Steve Moore and Steve Dillon (DWW 5-7)
  • Deathworld by Steve Moore and David Lloyd (DWW 15-16)
  • Ship of Fools by Steve Moore and Steve Dillon (DWM 23-24)
  • Black Legacy by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (DWM 35-38)
  • Junk-Yard Demon by Steve Parkhouse and Mike McMahon (DWM 58-59)
  • Exodus/Revelation!/Genesis! by Alan McKenzie and John Ridgeway (DWM 108-110)
  • The World Shapers by Grant Morrison and John Ridgeway (DWM 127-129)
  • The Good Soldier by Andrew Cartmel and Mike Collins (DWM 175-178)
  • Junk-Yard Demon II by Alan Barnes and Adrian Salmon (Doctor Who Yearbook 1996)
  • Unnatural Born Killers by Adrian Salmon (DWM 277)
  • The Company of Thieves by Scott Gray and Adrian Salmon (DWM 284-286)
  • The Glorious Dead by Scott Gray, Martin Geraghty and Roger Langridge (DWM 287-296)
  • The Flood by Scott Gray and Martin Geraghty (DWM 346-353)


Cybermen: The Ultimate Comic Strip Collection. Cover by Anthony Lamb (c) Panini Cybermen: The Ultimate Comic Strip Collection

Humanoids who rejected the weakness of flesh and blood millennia ago, the Cybermen are deadly armoured warriors driven by cold logic! Across the stars, they have waged Cyber-war on a thousand worlds, eager for more organic beings they can convert into obedient soldiers of the Cyber-Empire! Inside this epic collection, you can discover all of the Doctor’s incredible encounters with this unrelenting foe, taken from the pages of Doctor Who Magazine.

PLUS! Commentary from the artists and writers, along with a wealth of other behind-the-scenes details, including sketches, scripts and more.


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Doctor Who Series 1-4 Get New HD Upscale

Blogtor Who - Fri, 08/25/2023 - 17:00
Doctor Who Series 1-4 will be remastered in HD this November as part of the 60th Anniversary celebrations. Including a brand new retrospective with RTD and Tennant


It’s one of those little fragments of information almost designed to make a Doctor Who fan feel old. But the reality is that even the show’s return to our screens was in the pre-HD era. A time when televisions in most homes might have gotten wider, but they weren’t very flat. Or smart. It was only with the 2009 specials that Doctor Who began filming in HD. But now a new upscaling of Series 1-4 using the latest technology will mean those early years can sit comfortably on your Blu-ray shelf between editions of The Collection and Series 5-13 and beyond.

There have been previous Blu-ray releases of these episodes of course. But various technical issues with the upscaling have made those discs infamous with fans. So this new box set will potentially represent a massive leap forward in HD quality for the Eccleston and Tennant eras.

The new set will contain all of the extras from the original DVDs, plus a brand new specially made extra. A Look Back Through Time and Space with feature Russell T Davies and David Tennant, fresh from their return to the show. They’ll take the opportunity to look back, almost 20 years on, at their first time around both behind the keyboard, and in front of the camera, on Doctor Who.

The remastered Doctor Who: Series 1-4 arrives on the 13th of November. Just in time for the 60th Anniversary and to catch up before the new episodes. And you can place your pre-order now with all good retailers.

In the meantime, check out the Doctor Who YouTube channel’s video trailer celebrating the wonderful time that was 2005-2010.




Doctor Who 60th Anniversary poster (c) BBC Studios Doctor Who returns in November with three 60th Anniversary specials on BBC One in the UK and Ireland, and Disney+ worldwide

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Doctor Who 60th Specials Get Target Books

Blogtor Who - Thu, 08/24/2023 - 11:00
Three new Target Books will adapt the 60th Anniversary specials, and we might be getting them sooner than you’d think…

As if this year’s Doctor Who 60th Anniversary specials weren’t exciting enough, you’ll be almost immediately be able to relive the action as much as you want. And, no, Blogtor don’t mean via iPlayer or Disney+. You can do it old school with their very own Target Books novelisations. All three episodes, The Star Beast, Wild Blue Yonder, and The Giggle, will each receive their own novelisation. And they’ll be in fans’ hands mere weeks after the credits roll on the television version. Or perhaps even sooner…

We know what you’re thinking. Yes, following the Doctor Who Weekly original, the Marvel Comics colourised re-edit, the Big Finish audio adaptation starring Tom Baker, and the BBC TV adaptation starring David Tennant, this will be the fifth version of The Star Beast. With the likely audiobook version potentially becoming the sixth. It’s enough to make Shada fear for its trophy for Most Versions. But perhaps you really can’t ever have enough Beep the Meep.


The three authors tackling the new novelisations have been responsible for some of the Doctor and Donna’s greatest adventures

The Star Beast is adapted by Gary Russell, author of no less than 20 novels set in the Doctor Who universe. These include novelisations of the 1996 TV Movie, and of four stories from The Sarah Jane Adventures. He also wrote Beautiful Chaos, featuring the Tenth Doctor, Donna and Wilf which is regarded by many as a high point of the New Series Adventures novel range.

Mark Morris adapts Wild Blue Yonder, having previously written five Doctor Who novels, including Tenth Doctor and Donna book Ghosts of India. The Fourteenth Doctor’s final adventure, The Giggle, will be the twelfth Doctor Who novel by James Goss. He’s particularly celebrated for his Target Books novelisations of Douglas Adams’ TV stories City of Death and The Pirate Planet. The two have been some of most warmly received Targets of modern times. Meanwhile, among his countless scripts for Big Finish, he also wrote the Tenth Doctor Adventures Death and the Queen and No Place, starring David Tennant, Catherine Tate, and Bernard Cribbins.


The three specials also introduce the new character of Donna’s daughter Rose (Yasmin Finney) (c) Bad Wolf/BBC Studios The ebook editions originally had release dates that possibly teased the broadcast of the episodes themselves

All three books currently have a publication date of the 11th of January. However, the Penguin website previous listed the eBook editions with release dates of

  • 27th of November: The Star Beast
  • 4th of December: Wild Blue Yonder
  • 11th of December: The Giggle

While that has been changed since, it might represent a nice surprise for fans after each episode with the eBook editions, unlike the paperbacks, not running the risk of copies accidentally arriving early. If so, it would also give us a potential hint as to when the episodes themselves will air. The three consecutive Mondays could suggest that the specials will air each previous weekend. But we’ll have to wait and see.


Doctor Who 60th Anniversary poster (c) BBC Studios Doctor Who returns in November with three 60th Anniversary specials on BBC One in the UK and Ireland, and Disney+ worldwide


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Video of the Day – Sky TV, 2023

Blogtor Who - Wed, 08/23/2023 - 03:00

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Jodie Whittaker Stars in One Night – Coming Soon

Blogtor Who - Tue, 08/22/2023 - 20:00
Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker has to revisit One Night in a tense new drama from the writer of The Slap and Taboo

Jodie Whittaker’s first major role since leaving Doctor Who arrives this Autumn on Paramount+. One Night was filmed in Australia earlier this year, with Whittaker starring as Tess, one of three women who shared a secret tragedy two decades before. But now Simone (Nicola da Silva, Wentworth) has mined the event as inspiration for her novel. It’s a decision which reopens old wounds and upends the lives of all three.

The award-winning Emily Ballou (The SlapTaboo) has created and written the six part drama. Meanwhile, Catherine Millar (The TwelveThe Secrets She Keeps) and Lisa Matthews (Doctor DoctorThe PM’s Daughter) are directors. One Night debuts on Paramount+ in Australia on the 1st of September. Paramount haven’t announced the UK drop date yet but with the nature of the modern streaming world, it will likely be the same day or not long after.

Jodie Whittaker will also be appearing on our screens this Autumn in Time Series 2 on BBC One. The second series on Jimmy McGovern’s acclaimed prison drama sees the former Doctor Who star as Orla, a newly arrived inmate.


Jodie Whittaker, Nicole da Silva and Yael Stone in One Night (c) Paramount+ One Night

Since then, Simone (Nicole da Silva) has harboured secret hopes of becoming a novelist but most of her haphazard attempts have been shoved into her bottom drawer. Now, at the age of 40, she has finally written the one story she could never get out of her mind, and her debut manuscript has become an unexpected overnight success.

But it soon becomes apparent that the devastating story the book tells doesn’t exclusively belong to her. At the heart of Simone’s novel is a tragedy which also happened to Tess (Jodie Whittaker) and Hat (Yael Stone), her two childhood best friends.

As it becomes harder to prise fact from fiction, one person’s memory and story from another’s, the book threatens to derail all their friendships, bringing old traumas to the surface of the small coastal community where they grew up, and stirring its perpetrators, who want to make it all go away.

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