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Torchwood: Disco – Coming Soon from Big Finish

Blogtor Who - Wed, 04/03/2024 - 19:00
Torchwood’s Ianto trilogy concludes with Disco as Ianto steps back in time, Kylie style, to uncover family secrets

Ever since Ianto Jones first mentioned his troubled relationship with his father in the Torchwood TV series, fans have wondered what exactly went on between the two. Those questions will finally be answered in Disco, May’s instalment of Big Finish’s monthly range of Torchwood audio plays.

It stars Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto, alongside Rhys ap Trefor as “Disco” Jones, his father. It’s the third instalment in a trilogy of Torchwood releases written by David-Lloyd, all of which explore important points in Ianto’s life before he joined Torchwood Three in Cardiff.

Producer James Goss said:Disco is a remarkable play. Gareth David-Lloyd tells the story that Torchwood fans have always wanted to know – what’s up with Ianto’s dad? The answer is joyous and sad. Torchwood at its best takes a classic idea and does something unexpected with it. This is a time travel story about two blokes building a literal fence. It’s an epic about the web of time but there’s also dancing, darts, and a trip down the dole.

“Honestly, Disco is magnificent, and Gareth deserves to win all the awards for it.”

 

Torchwood: Disco. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish Torchwood: Disco

It’s 1987 and “Disco” Jones is still dancing. Life and soul, bab, life and soul. Wednesdays is darts at The Merry Miller, Thursdays – shove ha’penny at The Boilermakers, Fridays played by ear, and Saturdays it’s the Disco at Cinderella’s.    

So who is Tom and why does he want to build a fence with him? 

Big Finish listeners can pre-order Disco as part of a six-release Torchwood – Monthly Range bundle, for just £60 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £50 (download only). A 12-release bundle is also available for just £110 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £96 (download only).

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REVIEW: Doctor Who: Born to Die

Blogtor Who - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 12:00
Christopher Ryan and Dan Starkey team up for a lively Sontaran adventure with Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor

The Sontarans and the Rutans’ war continues with Born to Die, the third is Big Finish’s loosely connected series highlighting their eternal conflict. This time it’s the turn of Colin Baker’s Doctor to get involve himself, ably assisted by India Fisher’s Charley. Of course, since Charley was in the first story in the sequence, alongside the Eighth Doctor, she spends Born to Die pretending to know less about the warlike potato heads than she actually does…

Though this latest batch of clones quickly wrong-foot our favourite Edwardian adventuress. While the Romanesque ‘Sonturions’ of Battle of Giant’s Causeway drew on the same character DNA as the strangely adorable Strax, here she faces Sontarans at their most vicious and warlike. It’s less clear, however, why the Doctor keeps making doomed appeals to their better nature. After all, he most certainly does know better.

 

Born to Die proves nobody can morally grandstand like the Sixth Doctor

The reason for the Doctor’s pleas is the Sontarans’ recent arrival on the planet of the Nox. A timid forest dwelling species they’ve evolved the gift of perfect camouflage – able to make themselves and others completely invisible. But a conflict between two warlike species if about to interrupt their peaceful existence. (And if that setup sounds distinctly familiar, then you may have watched the Stargate SG-1 episode The Nox at some point.)

The Sontarans see the Nox as just another potential strategic advantage over the hated Rutans. The Doctor, obviously, is desperate to protect their way of life. While his attempt at mounting an ethical argument for them to be left alone is never particularly likely to persuade the invaders, it does suit Colin Baker’s bombastically moralistic performance down to the ground.

Indeed, the main delight of Born to Die is just how much fun everyone seems to be having. Baker is on top form, while India Fisher sparkles throughout with all her usual charisma. Moreover, we get three different Sontaran actors this time out, in the dome headed forms of TV’s Dan Starkey and Christopher Ryan, supported by Sontaran newbie Jon Culshaw. Naturally, they double and triple up as various characters. Yet there’s undoubtedly a new energy and bounce as they play off of each other.

 

Only lightly tying itself to the overall Sontarans vs Rutans arc, Born to Die is perfect for those looking for a quick, fun Doctor Who romp

The unique selling point of Sontarans vs Rutans, of course, is getting the two classic monsters in the same place at the same time. First time Doctor Who writer Tiegan Byrne holds the malicious jellyfish offstage for as long as possible. It’s an effective move which builds the mystery and anticipation. When they arrive, it’s an impressively unexpected way that we haven’t seen before. Morever, it succeeds in boxing the Doctor in to a classic moral dilemma, brilliantly executed in both script and performance.

Born to Die is only lightly ties in to the rest of the series by a few references to past and future events. But it’s completely possible to enjoy as a standalone adventure. Moreover, as satisfying as many of Big Finish huge arcs can be, in an era of box sets there’s something refreshing about such a quick, light, self-contained outing at the cheaper price point a standalone release allows. Listeners may already be invested in this ongoing arc or just want a fast paced, fun, Doctor Who adventure. Either way, Born to Die is an highly satisfying romp.

 

Doctor Who: Born to Die. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish Doctor Who: Sontarans vs Rutans – Born to Die

The war between the Sontarans and the Rutans has been going on for millennia. And is likely to continue for millennia more. A terrible conflict with no care for consequences or collateral damage. Billions have died with no end in sight.

Its reach can encompass ancient Ireland and a forest world in the far future. Encounters with UNIT and a Doctor no more.

From the outside these battles may seem disconnected. But sometimes there is a common thread. And unpicking that could destroy everything.

When a trip to the planet Taxodon goes wrong the Doctor finds himself with mere hours to prove himself innocent of murdering a Sontaran. As more die, the Doctor and Charley need to uncover the cause and why the Sontarans are even on this planet… if they have time.

 

Sontarans vs Rutans: Born to Die is available to purchase for just £10.99 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £8.99 (download only), exclusively here.

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Doctor Who Viewing Figures: The FINAL 2023 Results Are In!

Blogtor Who - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 10:00
Doctor Who’s +28 viewing figures for last year are here!

The final official viewing figures for Doctor Who’s 2023 specials show a strong start to the new era. The extent of the timeshifting over the 28 days since broadcast underlines both the strong word of mouth for these episodes, and the increasing importance of the ‘Whoniverse’ streaming platform as part of its formula for success. These figures were originally reported as an exclusive in Doctor Who Magazine over the past couple of months. But with the new issue now in shops, Blogtor Who is able to update our readers with the news.

 

The Star Beast introduced, Donna Noble’s (Catherine Tate) daughter Rose (Yasmin Finney),, BBC Studios / Bad Wolf / Disney Plus 2023, Photo: Alistair Heap The Star Beast remains Doctor Who’s biggest episode in five years

The first of the specials, The Star Beast’s final rating is 8.36m. That’s up 0.75m (9.8%) from its +7 number, meaning its total time-shift was 3.28m viewers, a rise of 64.6% from its initial overnight result. It’s also an increase of 2.85m (51.7%) from previous episode The Power of the Doctor. In fact, comparing it to its opposite number in the final three Thirteenth Doctor specials, it’s up 3.61m (76%) from Eve of the Daleks. This makes it the highest rated episode of Doctor Who since 2018’s Arachnids in the UK. It’s also the sixth highest overall since the +28 metric was introduced in 2014.

The Star Beast also maintains its #10 spot in the weekly chart of all British TV. That’s down 5 places from Power of the Doctor, though up 12 spots from Eve of the Daleks’ finish outside the Top 20.

 

Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials – Wild Blue Yonder, Episode 2,The Doctor (David Tennant), BBC Studios/Bad Wolf/Disney+ Photo by James Pardon Strong time-shifting means Wild Blue Yonder jumps five places up the weekly chart, retaining almost all of the premiere’s audience

Second special Wild Blue Yonder held that audience, with 8.3m viewers. That’s down a negligible 0.06m (0.7%) from Star Beast. That’s the result of some strong time-shift viewing figures. 1.16m more viewers (16.4%) caught up with the twisted doppleganger tale since the +7, for a total gain of 3.47m (71.2%) since the overnight rating.

Looking back to the previous run of specials, it’s up 4.6m (124.3%) from its opposite number Legend of the Sea Devils. However, as we pointed out with the +7 result, that eye watering percentage is largely a function of Sea Devils being a low point in the history of Doctor Who viewing figures.

Chart wise, Wild Blue Yonder was the strongest performing of the three David Tennant led specials. It finished with a #4 chart position in the weekly chart, up 5 from its original +7 result. That again speaks to the strength of its time-shifting as it overtook other shows from that week. It also means it’s up 6 places from The Star Beast despite its near identical number of viewers.

 

Mel (Bonnie Langford) and The Doctor (David Tennant) join millions in watching The Giggle. Possibly.BBC Studios 2023,Alistair Heap The Giggle’s delivers a strong finish to the trilogy with Doctor Who holding its audience across the three specials

The Giggle closed out the new Doctor/Donna trilogy with 7.91m viewers. That’s up 1.06m (15.5%) from its +7 result, and up 3.29m (71.2%) in total from its original overnight. It’s a drop of just 0.39m (4.7%) from previous episode Wild Blue Yonder, and also up 2.4m (43.6%) from Jodie Whittaker finale Power.

The special bi-generation episode finished at #6 in the weekly chart. That’s up 4 place from its original result, again underling the strength of Doctor Who’s time-shifting. Though it is down 2 spots from Yonder, and 1 down from Power of the Doctor’s top 5 finish.

 

The Doctor Who 60th Anniversary specials delivered viewing figures remarkable for 2023 ,BBC Studios,Zoe McConnell/Alistair Heap/Bad Wolf/BBC STUDIOS We can now compare the Fourteenth Doctor’s era to the Tenth’s, with surprising results

Having these final official results for the second David Tennant era also means we can again marvel at his ability to pull in the same sort of audiences he was getting in the 00s. Viewing figures for television in general may be down since 2009. Certainly catch up viewing is more important than ever.

Tennant’s original run on the show pulled in an average of 8.36m viewers per episode. Meanwhile in 2023 David Tennant’s return was met by an average of 8.19m per episode. That’s a mere 2% drop compared to the radically different television landscape of 15 years ago, when many other long running shows have seen their audiences effectively halved. It is worth noting that those 00s results stopped counting at the 7 day mark. However, it’s equally important to remember that any hypothetical +28 number would have been almost identical. After all, the shift to a +28 day official result from a +7 one wasn’t to capture more viewers, but because changing habits by 2014 meant viewers previously captured in the +7 were being missed.

The next question of course, is whether Ncuti Gatwa can take over that audience as smoothly as duplicating a TARDIS.

 

The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa), BBC Studios 2023, Photo by James Pardon The Church on Ruby Road launched a new era just as powerfully as the previous one closed

Which brings us to The Church on Ruby Road and its total audience of 8.0m viewers. That 0.51m increase from its +7 number is at first glance smaller than with the previous specials. But that largely reflects how strong that original Christmas week performance was, with its total time shift still totaling 3.27m, up 69.1% on the overnight.

Comparing it to the other recent episodes, it highlights how consistent the specials’ viewing figures have been. The Christmas Special got an almost identical final number to the The Giggle, up 0.09m (1.1%). But it also underscores what a viewing figures renaissance Doctor Who experienced last year. Comparing the 2024 Christmas Special to the previous festive special, the 3.25m (68.4%) increase from Eve of the Daleks tells its own story.

This May Doctor Who will return with one of the biggest shakeups to its broadcast schedule in its history. Episodes will appear on iPlayer on Friday nights at midnight, before being broadcast on BBC One the following evening. This will undoubtedly have an impact on the overnight results, with more viewers than ever choosing to watch online. The connection between those overnights and the actual final result, then, will likely be more tenuous than ever. In theory the +7 and +28 results should remain stable once the iPlayer views are included. But it means it likely won’t be until June that we’ll know for sure if the new series has maintained the strong start the specials have handed it.

 

The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) ,BBC Studios/Bad Wolf,James Pardon Meanwhile, while Disney+ closely guards its own viewing figures, there are indications the new series is eagerly awaited by subscribers

As a side note, Disney+’s viewing figures are as hard to come by as with any streamer. But perhaps one way to take the temperature of how well it’s doing for the platform is the response on its YouTube channel. The Doctor Who Season 1 trailer has been viewed a massive 4.8m times within a day of being uploaded, by far their biggest video this year. Even Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour trailer is a distant second with 3.7m views, while third place is a Percy Jackson video with 1.4m views. The rest lingers far behind, with 100-300k views far more the norm. If the new series winds up holding a comparable place in Disney+’s internal chart, then the American streamer can only be very pleased indeed…

 

You can find more analysis of the 2023 viewing figures in DWM 600 and 601, both still available from the Panini online store.

 

The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) in the TARDIS ,BBC Studios 2023,James Pardon Doctor Who returns at 0000 BST on the 11th of May 2024 with a double bill of Space Babies and The Devil’s Chord on iPlayer in the UK, RTÉ Player in Ireland, and on Disney+ everywhere else

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Doctor Who Trailer – Season 1

Blogtor Who - Sun, 03/31/2024 - 17:37

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UPDATED: Doctor Who 2024 Season: Episode Title and Details Rundown!

Blogtor Who - Sun, 03/31/2024 - 16:48
The countdown to the new series hots up as the complete list of episode titles are revealed!

As Doctor Who gears up for its highly anticipated simultaneous global premiere this May, the team have revealed the episode titles for the season. Plus, another incredible guest star has jumped aboard the TARDIS for an upcoming episode. As another Easter treat, viewers are getting another official trailer that will launch on the BBC Doctor Who social channels at 1800 before its first airing on BBC One later today, Sunday 31st March.

The first two episodes drop on iPlayer at 0000 on the 11th of May before that evening’s BBC One broadcast. They’ll also be simultaneously on Disney+ around the world. Up first, in the Julie Anne Robinson directed Space Babies. Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story) joins Doctor Who as Jocelyn, who the Doctor and Ruby collide with in their first adventure in the TARDIS together.

Russell T Davies, Showrunner added: “It’s been amazing to see the whole world appreciate Golda’s talents, because of Bridgerton, and it’s been an absolute joy to invite her to Cardiff to help launch Ncuti and Millie’s first season.”

Rounding out the explosive double bill is previously announced Jinkx Monsoon who stars in The Devil’s Chord. She plays the Doctor’s most powerful enemy yet as the Doctor and Ruby step into the 1960s to meet The Beatles.

Over the rest of the season there are an array of brilliant new guest stars jumping aboard the TARDIS. These include Callie Cooke, Dame Siân Phillips, Alexander Devrient, Bhav Joshi, Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy, Tachia Newall and Caoilinn Springall. They join the previously announced guest cast: Michelle Greenidge, Angela Wynter, Anita Dobson, Aneurin Barnard, Yasmin Finney, Jonathan Groff, Gwïon Morris Jones, Bonnie Langford, Genesis Lynea, Jemma Redgrave, Lenny Rush and Indira Varma.

 

Doctor Who 2024 Season

 

Golda Rosheuvel in Space Babies BBC Studios/Bad Wolf,James Pardon Space Babies

Written by Russell T Davies, directed by Julie Anne Robinson.

Guest starring Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story). The Doctor and Ruby’s first adventure brings them to a space station containing a group of talking babies! But there are also horrific looking creatures in the corridors.

 

The Doctor and Ruby get Jinkxed! Illustration: Blogtor Who The Devil’s Chord

Written by Russell T Davies, directed by Ben Chessell.

Guest starring Jinkx Monsoon (Drag Race All-Stars, Chicago). The most powerful foe the Doctor has ever faced is stalking the famous Abbey Road in the 1960s. Can the Doctor and Ruby save the Beatles and keep human history on track?

 

Boom

Written by Steven Moffat, directed by Julie Anne Robinson.

Our heroes find themselves on a desolate planet in the middle of someone else’s war. Reported to feature the return of the Clerics (The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone, A Good Man Goes to War).

 

UNIT leader Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and the mysterious Roger ap Gwilliam (Aneurin Barnard) have been confirmed for Doctor Who Series 14 73 Yards

Written by Russell T Davies, directed by Dylan Holmes Williams.

Guest starring Aneurin Barnard (1899, the upcoming Rogue Trooper) as Roger ap Gwilliam and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart. The TARDIS returns to a present where things seem to become more supernatural day by day. The trailer teases this episode may feature a TARDIS disguised as a lamp post…

 

Dot and Bubble

Written by Russell T Davies, directed by Dylan Holmes Williams. Probably the episode about which the least has been officially released so far.

 

Doctor Who,Jonathan Groff with Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON), The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA) BBC Studios Photo by James Pardon Rogue

Written by Kate Herron and Briony Redman, directed by Ben Chessell. Guest starring Jonathan Groff (Hamilton) and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones, Torchwood) as the Duchess. Ruby gets to live out her greatest Bridgerton fantasies, with added birdlike aliens on the prowl! And who is the mysterious charming rogue played by Jonathan Groff?

The Legend of Ruby Sunday

Written by Russell T Davies, directed by Jamie Donoughue. The start of the two part finale guest starring Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, Yasmin Finney as Rose Noble, and Bonnie Langord as Mel Bush. UNIT brings the Doctor and Ruby home. But soon they’re in the fight of their lives with the whole world at stake.

Empire of Death written by Russell T Davies, directed by Jamie Donoughue

The series concludes in, undoubtedly, the high stakes, high emotion fashion we’ve come to expect from Russell T Davies!

 

The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) in the TARDIS ,BBC Studios 2023,James Pardon Doctor Who returns in May 2024 on BBC One and iPlayer in the UK, RTÉplayer in Ireland, and on Disney+ everywhere else

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Doctor Who Magazine 602

Blogtor Who - Sat, 03/30/2024 - 18:00
Doctor Who Magazine 602 talks to new star Millie Gibson, goes behind the scenes of The Giggle, and discovers a long lost William Hartnell interview!

Doctor Who Magazine continues to dig deep into everything you could want to know about the show’s past present and future in issue 602. Millie Gibson discusses the upcoming season, while guest star Davina McCall talks death by Christmas tree. Meanwhile there’s a long lost interview with First Doctor William Hartnell and an in-depth look at Peter Capaldi story The Woman Who Lived. Plus much more!

 

DWM’s coverage of the Fifteenth Doctor era continues ahead of May’s new season
  • Millie Gibson –in the run-up to the new series the Ruby Sunday actor gives DWM her most in-depth interview yet!
  • Russell T Davies – celebrating milestones out of sequence!
  • Mancopolois Part Four – the adventures of the Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby Sunday continue in the comic strip!
  • Davina McCall – the two time guest star shares her love of the show and reflects on her role in last year’s Christmas Special.
  • Script to Screen – find out what processes went into bringing creepy puppet Stooky Bill and his family to life in The Giggle.
  • Gallifrey Guardian – packed with all the latest news about the upcoming series!

 

Unseen for more than 50 years – a rare interview with William Hartnell in this month’s DWM (c) BBC Discover more about the history of Doctor Who and all about upcoming releases
  • William Hartnell – a long-lost interview Doctor Who’s original star gave to the Scottish press… including some forthright opinions!
  • Bill Pearson – an interview with model-maker Bill Pearson to tie-in with the release of Season 15 on Blu-ray
  • Loose Ends – exploring the mysteries of the Sixth Doctor!
  • The Fact of Fiction – a deep dive into the plot of Twelfth Doctor story The Woman Who Lived.
  • Reviewed – the new Season 15 Blu-ray Collection and all the latest audio releases.
  • Other Worlds – the essential guide to new stories in Doctor Who’s expanded universe.

 

Plus!
  • Gallifrey One – A report from from the LA super convention!
  • Time-Space Visualiser – this month: the Trods!
  • Who & Me – Beth Axford on how she became hooked on Doctor Who
  • Henry House – a set visit to a new series starring many familiar faces….
  • Competitions – win Blu-rays and the latest audio releases!

 

 

Doctor Who Magazine 602 (c) Panini Doctor Who Magazine 602

DWM Issue 602 is on sale Thursday the 28th of March from the online Panini store, WH Smith and other retailers priced £7.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from Pocketmags. You can also save with a subscription, as well as receiving exclusive, text-free covers.

 

 

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REVIEW: Doctor Who: The Church on Ruby Road Novelisation

Blogtor Who - Fri, 03/29/2024 - 21:00
Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson’s The Church on Ruby Road puts the author’s emotional intelligence and skill at turning a phrase at the heart of a handsome new novelisation

What a remarkable time to be a Doctor Who fan. Especially ones who love the smell of freshly printed pages. Sure, the show’s biggest ever budget is giving us its biggest ever TARDIS, skyscraping UNIT HQs, and episodes walking with dinosaurs. And, yes, we have a whole new energy and off the chart charisma thanks to our new Doctor and his megawatt smile. But there’s something particularly magical about being able to relive his latest adventures in book form. Their printing just days or weeks after they were on television is almost as ambitious as it is exciting. The most recent, of course, is The Church on Ruby Road, with its stylish new hardback cover containing a novelisation of Russel T Davies’ script by the award winning Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson.

The speed with which Ruby Road has been written and released isn’t without its compromises, though. In the old days of the 20th century Target Books range, the likes of Terrance Dicks would have years, sometimes decades, to muse over ways to correct plot holes in the original storyline, or how to add depth and context to guest characters. That’s not a luxury granted Jikiemi-Pearson. More significantly compared to the trilogy of novelisations for the Fourteeenth Doctor’s brief run, Ruby and her family are ongoing characters with more to reveal about themselves over the next couple of series. It limits the scope to explore their backstories here. So readers looking for some of the familiar Target Books’ expansions may be disappointed.

 

Ruby’s adventure begins in The Church on Ruby Road BBC Studios 2023,James Pardon Apparently drawing on earlier drafts of the script, the novelisation provides extra insight into Ruby’s world and ongoing arcs

That’s not to say there aren’t new insights to be found. Indeed, in some ways Ruby Road is reminiscent of the work of Alan Dean Foster. Like Foster’s 1970s and 1980s novelisations of films like Star Wars, Alien, and The Thing, Jikiemi-Pearson’s Ruby Road appears to work from an earlier version of the script. So we get several snippets that ultimately wouldn’t make the final cut. For instance, in one such moment Ruby’s mum Carla gives her thoughts on UNIT and a sense of how aliens now being public knowledge is treated. In another we get a more definitive answer on what connection exists, if any, between the goblins and the Toymaker.

But there’s much more here to ensure the prose never falls into the trap of merely repeating the action with ‘he said’ added to each line of dialogue. Jikiemi-Pearson has a gift for spinning the perfect turn of phrase. These work beautifully to deepen the emotion or meaning of a moment beyond what mere video can provide. Following Ruby’s disappearance, the Doctor takes in the changes to Cherry’s face with one, long, sad look. It’s a heartbreaking sketch of the fragility of human happiness, as he traces the erased laughter lines, and the deep canyons etched into her brow by two decades of frowns. Every few pages seems to bring some neat choice of words, whether sad, funny, or sinister.

 

The Church on Ruby Road is just the first for a whole series of new novelisations of the Fifteenth Doctor’s adventures

You can choose between a hardback wrapped in a dynamic new cover by Lee Binding, and in audiobook form read by Cherry Sunday herself, Angela Wynter, lending authenticity to the old matriarch’s patois grumblings about tea. A paperback edition follows this July. And with Russell T Davies reporting that they’re already working on Target Books of several of the Fifteenth Doctor’s adventures, it seems this bold new era of novelisations is here to stay. Hopefully it will continue to serve up voices as fresh and new to the Whoniverse as Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson.

 

Doctor Who: The Church on Ruby Road. Cover by Lee Binding (c) BBC Books Doctor Who: The Church on Ruby Road

“I’ve been waiting, all this time, for my life to begin. Maybe it’s time to stop waiting. Maybe it’s time to start living.”

Chance. Misfortune. Coincidence. These are the weapons of choice for the Doctor’s latest enemies. And those enemies are very, very hungry…

For Ruby Sunday, this Christmas Eve is a birthday she’ll never forget. It’s the day she joins the Doctor onboard a Goblin ship. The day she learns of dangers from beyond the universe. The day her life really begins… or, perhaps, the day it ends.

The Target novelisation of the first full adventure featuring the Fifteenth Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, and the introduction of his new best friend, Ruby Sunday played by Millie Gibson. Russell T Davies’ original script has been novelised by up-and-coming literary talent Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson.

 

 

 

 

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Doctor Who: The Official Guide and I, TARDIS: Coming Soon

Blogtor Who - Tue, 03/26/2024 - 21:00
New Doctor Who hardbacks explore the Whoniverse this summer

In addition to the upcoming original Doctor Who fiction in prose and audio, two new hardback guides to the Whoniverse are coming out from BBC Books this year. In July I, TARDIS will let readers revisit classic adventures from a unique perspective: that of the Time Lord’s time machine herself. All as told to author Steve Cole. Then, in August, Doctor Who: The Official Guide sets out to tell fans new and old everything they could want to know about our time travelling hero, their friends, their enemies, and their incredible adventures.

 

I, TARDIS (c) BBC Books I, TARDIS

‘Did you ever wonder why I chose you all those years ago? I wanted to see the universe, so I stole a Time Lord and I ran away…’

The Doctor has a unique bond with their TARDIS. They’ve always loved the ‘old girl’ for the way she’s gone looking for trouble anywhere in the universe. The Doctor says they stole the TARDIS from Gallifrey. The TARDIS disagrees…she stole them. It hasn’t always taken them where they want to go, but it’s made sure to take them where they needed to be.

For the TARDIS is far more than just a time machine crossed with a spaceship. Its life reflects the Doctor’s life – a shared wanderlust and longing to explore. Now you can revisit the Doctor’s adventures as seen through the eyes – or the flashing rooftop light, at least – of the TARDIS. From the time the Doctor stole it from Gallifrey to its latest adventures with the Fifteenth Doctor, the TARDIS reflects wittily on its epic, incredible history – past, present and future!

 

The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa),BBC,Nwaka Okparaeke Doctor Who: The Official Guide

With exclusive content from Ncuti Gatwa’s first outing as the Fifteenth Doctor, discover more about the Time Lord who has been keeping the Earth safe for over 60 years.

This brand-new edition is the ultimate guide to all of the Doctor’s fifteen incarnations – from William Hartnell to Tom Baker and including both of David Tennant’s eras – you will learn fascinating facts from all of space and time.

Discover more about the Doctor’s many helpful companions, fearsome foes and, of course, the TARDIS who has been through it all.

Learn the difference between regeneration and bi-generation, why you should never anger a Meep, and always, always get Cherry Sunday a cup of tea!

 

I, Tardis will be available in both hardback, eBook, and audiobook (CD and Digital Download) from the 11th of July. The Official Guide will be in hardback and eBook from the 15th of August.

 

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Build Your Own Dalek with Hachette’s Latest Doctor Who Partwork

Blogtor Who - Sun, 03/24/2024 - 22:00
Build your own remote control half-scale Dalek with the latest partwork from Hachette!

Hachette have launched a new Doctor Who partwork that may just be one of the most ambitious ever. The Dalek partwork enables you to build your own Dalek! At 2:1 scale the result will be a half sized model of the Doctor’s most iconic enemy. What’s more, it will be completely remote controlled! You’ll be able to send your pint sized pepperpot around the house, while controlling the eyestalk and dome movements too. The Dalek’s iris even opens and closes, just like on the show. Eyestalk and ear-lights light up, and it comes with a library of appropriate sound effects to play on command. Even the business end of the gunstick lights up! Your Dalek can also be opened up to reveal the squid like mutant within at the touch of a button thanks to an automated opening sequence.

You can see the finished Dalek in action for yourself in Hachette’s promotional YouTube video below:

 

Choosing to assemble your own Dalek involves a major commitment, though. You’ll collect the pieces over 140 weekly issues — that’s over two and a half years. Moreover, while the first issue is a mere £1.99, issue 2 is £7.99 and every subsequent issue is £11.99. That’s a total spend of £1,664.60! But if you have deep enough pockets, and a deep enough urge to exterminate, Hachette’s Build Your Own Dalek may be your path to conquering the universe.

Each issue comes with a magazine giving instructions on how to assemble the latest parts of your Dalek and join them to what you already have, as well as features on Doctor Who. If you subscribe before the 7th of July, you’ll get one issue free, a binder for your issues, a TARDIS key chain, and a TARDIS mug.

 

The Dalek Issue 1 (c) Hachette The Dalek #1 – On Sale Now

Issue 1 is in shops in the UK now. But as with all partworks, arranging a standing order or subscribing is recommended. Especially on a project like this where missing an issue won’t just mean a gap on your shelf where some figure or book should have gone , but an incomplete or non-working Dalek!

To learn more, visit the official Hachette site.

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