Monday, August 31, 2009

The Sarah Jane Adventures Marathon Today

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In preperation for the third series of the show, The CBBC Channel will today be hosting a special bank holiday Sarah Jane Adventures day. The day will see the broadcast of the Sarah Jane Adventures new year special, Invasion of the Bane, and all of the episodes from the show's first series; Revenge of the Slitheen, Eye of the Gorgon, Warriors of Kudlak, Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?, and The Lost Boy. Today's The Sarah Jane Adventures schedule can be seen below:

Invasion of the Bane - 09:00am
Revenge of the Slitheen - 10:00am
Eye of the Gorgon - 11:00am
Warriors of Kudlak - 12:00pm
Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? - 01:00pm
The Lost Boy - 02:00pm
Invasion of the Bane - 02:50pm

The BBC's official website for The Sarah Jane Adventures can be found by clicking here and the latest news regarding the show will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when it is made available. Will you be watching these repeats?

Greatest Moments: The Enemies Preview

The BBC's official website for Doctor Who was recently updated with a brand new preview clip from the next episode of Doctor Who Greatest Moments. The clip is from the third episode of the series and includes contributions from David Tennant, Sarah Parish, Camille Coduri, and Tracy-Ann Oberman. As well as being available elsewhere, the clip can be seen below:

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Alternatively, the video can be seen by clicking here at the official Doctor Who website. Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Enemies will be broadcast on Thursday at 8:00pm on BBC Three, and a final reminder for the episode will be be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, on the day of it's upcoming broadcast.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Day of the Troll Audio Synopsis

BBC Audiobooks have now revealed the synopsis for the next exclusive Doctor Who Audio story, The Day of the Troll. The story which was written exclusively for BBC Audiobooks by Simon Messingham, features The Tenth Doctor and is the fifth in it's series to be released. The official synopsis for the upcoming audio story can be read here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, below:

When the Doctor arrives on Earth in the far future, he is horrified to find the planet beset by famine and starvation. England is a barren wasteland, and scientists are desperately seeding the ground to make the crops grow again. But now it seems that something even worse is happening. Karl Baring, the owner of research facility The Grange, has been snatched away in the middle of the night. His sister Katy was with him when he vanished, but is now in catatonic shock - so it is up to the Doctor, with the help of the scientists at The Grange, to investigate. What is lurking under the old bridge, and why is it preying on people? The Doctor must find out, before it strikes again...

The Day of the Troll will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the eighth of October, being sold at a regular retail price of £9.99. Will you be purchasing a copy of this Doctor Who audio when it is released later this year?

Saturday, August 29, 2009

World War Two Dalek Story for Series Five?

Please be aware that this post includes pictures and information that could be classed as spoilers. Filming for the fifth series of Doctor Who continued in Cardiff this week, where actors dressed in world war two soldier costumes and what is thought to be a Dalek were spotted. Three images from the time of filming can be seen below, with thanks to 'Supreme Dalek':



The fifth series of Doctor Who is currently being filmed with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in Cardiff, and the latest filming news will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, as soon as it is available. What are your thoughts on this news?

BBC Sarah Jane Adventures Website Updated

The BBC have now updated their official website for the popular children's Doctor Who spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures. The newly designed website features a new look and layout which allows easier navigation across it's many new and old pages that include; episode guides, character profiles, alien files, fun and games, and Sarah Jane's attic. As well as including many old features, the official Sarah Jane Adventures website now includes many new ones such as a brand new trailer maker which allows users to create trailers using clips and music from the first and second series of the show. The new website can be visited by clicking here.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Doctor Who Adventures #130

BBC Magazines have now sent us the cover and details for issue 130 of Doctor Who Adventures, which was released yesterday. This week's issue of the popular children's magazine is a back-to-school special and comes with an exclusive free Doctor Who stationery set and a double sided poster. The cover for the magazine can be seen to the left and it's official press release can be read below:

Is your teacher a monster from Doctor Who?

As the summer holidays come to an end (boo!), get ready for the return to school with this week’s Doctor Who Adventures.

Could one of your teachers be from another planet? As we’ve all seen in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, this can happen quite often, so you should take our test to find out…

Doctor Who Adventures also looks at some of the scary schools that have appeared in the series, so you will be able to stop monster invasions before they happen.

This week’s issue comes with a brilliant Doctor Who pencil case set (containing everything you’ll need for the new term!), plus a giant double-sided poster for your wall. All this and…

• Interview with the Daleks! We talk to two of their human operators.
• A brand-new comic strip
• Top 10 children in Doctor Who
• Puzzles and competitions – great prizes could be yours!
• Subscription offer – subscribe today and get a free Cybermen Collection DVD.

Doctor Who Adventures, issue 130, priced £2.75, is in shops on Thursday 27 August! Grab a copy before monster invaders grab you!


Issue 130 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, being sold at the higher price of £2.75. Will you be purchasing a copy of this magazine at some point this week?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Greatest Moments: The Companions Tonight

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Tonight, the second of three Doctor Who Documentaries, taking a look at some of the most memorable moments from Doctor Who, will be broadcast for the first time across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Tonight's documentary which is narrated by Jo Whiley, is entitled Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Companions, and takes a look at some of some of The Doctor's friends' best moments. The programme will include various past and present cast members such as David Tennant, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, Catherine Tate, and John Barrowman, selecting their favourite companion related Doctor Who moments from the across the past five years. More details regarding tonight's episode of Doctor Who Greatest Moments can be found by clicking here and details regarding the third and final episode in the series, which will be broadcast next Thursday, can be found by clicking here. Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Companions will be broadcast on BBC Three, tonight at 8.00pm, and will be available to watch online, shortly after on BBC iPlayer. Will you be watching this?

Sarah Jane Adventures Series Three Air Date?

Digital Spy recently revealed a list of television programmes that will all return for a new series across the coming months. The third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures is featured in the list and apparently, the popular children's Doctor Who spin-off series will return to BBC One and the CBBC Channel on Thursday the 15th of October with Prisoner of the Judoon. The Sarah Jane Adventures series three stars Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Tommy Knight as Luke Smith, Daniel Anthony as Clyde Langer, Anjili Mohnidra as Rani Chandra, and John Leeson as the voice of K-9. The full list of programmes can be found by clicking here at Digital Spy's official website, but please be aware that the BBC have not confirmed this as the official air date, so it may not be true. What are your thoughts on this news?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sarah Jane Adventures Series Two U.S DVD

The cover for the American version of The Sarah Jane Adventures Series Two DVD box set has now been revealed and can be seen above. The box set will consist of three discs and will include every story from the second series of The Sarah Sarah Jane Adventures; The Last Sontaran, Day of the Clown, Secrets of the Stars, Mark of the Beserker, The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith and Enemy of the Bane. Along with the epsiodes, the DVD box set will also include special features such as interviews with the cast and crew, synopses for all stories, a gadget glossary, a quiz with a special footage prize, character and alien profiles, a photo gallery, audio clips, TV spots, trailers, and much more. The official synopsis for the box set can be read below:

Life on Earth can be an adventure too! Get ready for more danger, mystery and wonder as incomparable Sarah Jane Smith returns for a second series of the spectacular, thrilling children's drama from the makers of Doctor Who and Torchwood! When Sarah's adopted son, Luke, first became part of Sarah Jane's life, he encountered a world of adventure - not just of dangerous aliens bent on invasion and destruction, but also an amazing world of wonder and excitement which showed him that the universe really is an amazing place. This is something that Sarah Jane is keen to keep from Bannerman Road, and Series Two's newest addition, fourteen-year-old Rani Chandra and her parents Gita and Haresh. But sparky Rani is a wannabe journalist and, like Sarah Jane, is not the type to let a mystery go unsolved!

Despite the fact that the second series of The Sarah Jane Adventures has not yet aired in the U.S, the box set will be released across America on the 10th of November, a day after it's U.K release, at a regular retail price of $39.99. The cover and details for the U.K release of The Sarah Jane Adventures series two will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, as soon as they are made available.

The Doctor Who DVD Files #17

Issue seventeen of the Doctor Who DVD Files was released across the United Kingdom today, and is now available to buy at good newsagents for the price of £6.99. This issue comes with episode five and six of Doctor Who series three; Evolution of the Daleks and The Lazarus Experiment, on DVD, and includes detailed episode guides for both adventures. This fortnight's edition of The Doctor Who DVD Files also includes a behind the scenes interview with Mark Gatiss and takes a look a The third Doctor, the Daleks, the Draconians, the Sycorax, Tallulah, and Professor Lazarus' aging machine. Issue eighteen of The Doctor Who DVD Files will be released in two weeks time and will come with the seventh and eighth episodes of Doctor Who series three; 42 and Human Nature, on DVD. Will you be purchasing a copy of The Doctor Who DVD Files issue 17?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Dalek Collection DVD Cover

2Entertain have now revealed the cover for the previously reported DVD release of The Dalek Collection. The DVD follows on from The Cybermen Collection which was released in September, and includes the following new series Dalek episodes; Dalek, Bad Wolf, The Parting of the Ways, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks, The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End. The collector's DVD will also include an exclusive special episode of Doctor Who Confidential that will take a look at the Daleks, and will feature a new and exclusive interview with David Tennant who stars as The Tenth Doctor. The Dalek Collection will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the 19th of October and will be sold at a regular retail price of £22.99. Will you be buying a copy of this DVD?

Monday, August 24, 2009

First Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 Picture

The first promotional image for the third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures was leaked online today. The picture features Sarah Jane Smith who is played by Elisabeth Sladen, Luke Smith who is played by Thomas Knight, Rani Chandra who is played by Anjili Mohindra, and Clyde Langer who is played by Daniel Anthony. The new picture can be seen below:
The third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures will be broadcast this Autumn on BBC One and on the CBBC Channel, and the latest trailers, promotional pictures and more from the new series will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, as soon as they are made available. What are your thoughts on this new picture?

The Official Torchwood Yearbook 2010

Titan Books have now revealed the cover and synopsis for the 2010 edition of Torchwood Magazine's Torchwood yearbook. The book consists of ninety-six pages of interviews, short stories and behind the scenes features, and is the second Torchwood yearbook to be produced. The cover for this Torchwood yearbook can be seen to the left and it's official synopsis can be read below:

"Torchwood" is an action-packed, adrenaline-fuelled sci-fi series following the adventures of a team of investigators, working for the secret organisation Torchwood, who use scavenged alien technology to solve present day crime - both alien and human. The team, led by the enigmatic, ever-watchful Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman reprising his "Doctor Who" role in this spin-off from the legendary series), are separate from the government, outside the police and beyond the United Nations. This full-color companion to the show contains behind the scenes secrets, cast and crew interviews and "Torchwood" short stories!

The 2010 Torchwood yearbook will be released at good book shops across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the twenty-eighth of August at a regular retail price of £9.99. Will you be buying this book when it is released later this month?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Enemies

The BBC recently revealed details for the third and final episode of the Doctor Who Greatest Moments series. The episode will take a look at some of most evil and deadly enemies that The Doctor has encountered on his travels through time and space with the help of David Tennant, John Barrowman, Derek Jacobi, Zoe Wannamaker, Freema Agyeman and Sarah Parish. Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Enemies will be aired on the third of September at 8:00pm on BBC Three and a reminder for this episode will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, on the day of it's broadcast. The first episode in this series which took a look at The Doctor's most memorable moments was broadcast last week, and the second episode of the series, which will take a look at the Doctor's companion's most memorable moments, will be broadcast this Thursday at 8.00pm on BBC Three.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Dreamland Animation Press Release

Yesterday, the BBC Press Office issued a press release for the upcoming Doctor Who animation, Dreamland. The upcoming animated adventure features the voices of David Tennant and Georgia Moffett, and will be available in six parts on the BBC's Red Button service and on the official Doctor Who website this Autumn, before it is broadcast in full on BBC Two and BBC HD. The press release for Dreamland can be read here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, below:

The BBC today releases the first image of the animated Doctor as he will appear in the new animation, Dreamland, which is due for broadcast later this year.

The six-part series will be premièred via the BBC Red Button on BBC One and the Doctor Who website (bbc.co.uk/doctorwho).

The 45-minute long animation will be broadcast in its entirety on CBBC on BBC Two this autumn and also on the BBC HD channel.

Written by Phil Ford (Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures) Dreamland will see the Doctor – played by David Tennant – arrive at the infamous alien hot spot, Roswell.

During a visit to a local diner he stumbles upon a mysterious alien artefact that leads him on a mission to rescue Rivesh Mantilax from the threat of the Viperox and the clutches of the American military.

Joining David Tennant will be Georgia Moffett (Doctor Who, Spooks) in the role of Cassie Rice – the Doctor's new animated companion.

David Warner (Wallander, Hogfather) also stars as the leader of the ruthless Viperox.

In the run-up to the animation, fans will be able to visit the Doctor Who website (bbc.co.uk/doctorwho) to follow a behind-the-scenes production blog on the making of Dreamland, giving the opportunity to follow the progress of the animation as it develops.

Dreamland was commissioned by BBC Drama Multiplatform and will be produced for the BBC by Brighton-based animation company Littleloud.

It is being executive produced by Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and Piers Wenger, with Gary Russell as director.

Russell T Davies said: "Dreamland is a remarkable project and I'm thrilled with it. Phil Ford is a wonderful writer and promises to send the Doctor into a whole new visual dimension."

Rosie Allimonos, BBC Drama Multiplatform Commissioner, said: "I‘m extremely excited about Dreamland. It presents an amazing opportunity to expand the multiplatform storytelling potential of Doctor Who.

"To offer the ability to watch this brand new Doctor Who animation on so many different BBC platforms is a real treat for our audience."

Richard Deverell, Controller, BBC Children's, said: "This is a wonderful addition to the already fantastic portfolio of CBBC programming. Having talent like Russell T Davies and Phil Ford at the helm of this project will no doubt ensure it captures the imagination of CBBC viewers."

Award-winning channel CBBC also further reinforced its commitment to British animation as it announced that online portal Cartoon Works is expanding to become a new destination to première short-form content from the UK animation industry.

CBBC has also commissioned brand new animation Muddle Earth, based on the much-loved children's books by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, and Shaun The Sheep returns to screens this autumn in a series of new exploits.

BBC Red Button has provided interactive services on digital TV for the past 10 years and is now reaching an average audience of 11 million viewers a week accessing a whole range of BBC content.

It provides audiences with access to the latest news, weather and other general information, while also enabling the delivery of an enhanced experience across major sporting and entertainment events.


Alternatively, the press release can be read by clicking here at the BBC Press Office. The official Doctor Who website's blog for Dreamland can be visited by clicking here, and the latest news regarding this upcoming Doctor Who animation will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, as soon as it is available.

Doctor Who Magazine #412 Press Release

The press release for issue 412 of Doctor Who Magazine, which was released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on Thursday, has now been revealed. The magazine includes the second part of an exclusive interview with Tom Baker, a series five filming report, a guide to The Sixth Doctor and much more including a new comic strip featuring The Tenth Doctor and his comic strip companion, Majenta Pryce. The cover for the magazine can be seen to the left and the press release for it can be read below:

Tom Baker continues his exclusive interview in Doctor Who Magazine #412 - and reflects on the meaning of life...

DWM takes a stroll in the woods with Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker. As we pick our way through the trees, we learn how to make the perfect bonfire, why Tom owns a gravestone and why it’s not a good idea to combine drinking and acting…

“In those days… it’s a long time ago, and it’s a world that no longer exists. It was a world where wine was available all the time, and hard drinking was a sign of being sociable. An actor who said, ‘No thanks, I can’t drink, or won’t drink’ wasn’t very interesting, because most of the conversation was fuelled by alcohol and cigarettes...”

Also in DWM 412:

A Sting In The Tale
Tom Baker is back in the studio as the Doctor in Hornets' Nest, a new series of audio adventures for BBC Audio. DWM was present at the recording and gives a full report on proceedings, including exclusive interviews with the cast and crew.

Peri In Love!
Sixth Doctor companion actress, Nicola Bryant takes her turn to delve into the Tardis tin! Discover who Nicola’s first crush was and what her favourite pair of pants are!

On The Mean Streets
The Doctor turns sleuth as he races to save New Old Detroit from the ominously-named World Bomb in the complete new comic-strip adventure, The Deep Hereafter written by Dan McDaid and with art by Rob Davis.

Six Of One
Everything you need to know about the Doctor’s Sixth and most colourful incarnation in one easy package, thanks to The Watcher and his continuing guide to the lives of our favourite Time Lord.

A New Beginning
In keeping with our celebration of Tom Baker’s return to the Doctor Who world, we step back in time to 1974 with The Fact of Fiction and take a look at the Fourth Doctor’s first adventure, Robot.

Vampire Vikings!
The Time Team’s Richard, Peter, Jac and Clay turn their square eyes to The Curse of Fenric and share their thoughts on this terrifying tale of World War II espionage, vampires and chess games.

The Time Lady Talks
Mary Tamm, who was the first incarnation of the Fourth Doctor’s companion, Romana talks to DWM about writing her autobiography and being a grandmother.

Letter From America
Outgoing Doctor Who supremo, Russell T Davies reflects on life in America, (including the revelation of chicken sausages) and his thoughts on the Eleventh Doctor’s costume.

Seeing The Future
There’s a photo special in this month’s Gallifrey Guardian rounding up all the pictures and coverage for the first day of filming for next year’s Series One, starring Matt Smith. Plus find out who’s coming back from the dead for this Christmas’s Tenth Doctor finale, The End of Time.

The Ones That Got Away
Neil Harris celebrates the unseen heroes of Doctor Who, including Leonardo Da Vinci who has the honour of not appearing in the series on two separate occasions!

Plus!
All the latest news, reviews, previews, competitions and much, much more!

Grab your Doctor Who Magazine 412 now, for just £3.99. It’s the cat’s pyjamas!

Issue 412 of Doctor Who Magazine is on sale at good newsagents now, being sold at the usual price of £3.99. Will you be purchasing a copy of this magazine?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Doctor Who Adventures #129

BBC Magazines have now sent us the cover and details for issue 129 of Doctor Who Adventures which was released yesterday. This week's issue of the popular children's magazine takes a look at episode six of Doctor Who series four, The Doctor's Daughter, and comes with a free note pad, a pen and some stickers. The cover for the magazine can be seen to the left and it's official press release can be read below:

What are the greatest escapes in Doctor Who?

The Doctor and his friends have managed to escape from many great dangers during their exciting travels – and in this week’s Doctor Who Adventures, there’s a list of the ten best.

There’s also a cool adventure guide to The Doctor’s Daughter, the story that involved a big shock for the Time Lord!

This week’s issue comes with a free note pad, stickers and a Doctor Who pen. All this and…

• Brilliant posters!
• A brand-new comic strip
• Meet a giant robot in a photo story
• Behind the scenes secrets – filming the theft of an ancient cup.
• Make a monster! How to create a Stingray.
• Puzzles and competitions – great prizes could be yours!
• Subscription offer – subscribe today and get a free Cybermen Collection DVD.

Doctor Who Adventures, issue 129, priced £2.10, is in shops on Thursday 20 August! Get yours before the Stingrays eat them all up!

Issue 129 of Doctor Who Adventures is on sale at all good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, available at the usual retail price of £2.10.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The End of Time News

The latest issue of Doctor Who magazine which was released across the United Kingdom and Ireland today includes news on the final Doctor Who special of the year. The magazine confirms that the episode is entitled The End of Time, after the recent showing of a trailer for the episode at this year's San Diego ComicCon convention. The magazine also reveals that the character that Timothy Dalton will star in the episode as is called The Narrator, although it is speculated that this name may only be to cover up a different name. This issue of the magazine also confirms that the episode will run for seventy-five minutes, making it the longest single Doctor Who story to be broadcast to date, with the exception of the TV movie.

Greatest Moments: The Doctor Tonight

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Tonight, the first of three Doctor Who Documentaries, taking a look at some of the most memorable moments from Doctor Who, will be broadcast for the first time across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Tonight's documentary is entitled Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Doctor, is narrated by Jo Whiley and as the title suggests, takes a look at some of The Doctor's best moments. A preview clip for tonight's episode that was added to the BBC's official Doctor Who website yesterday can be seen below:

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Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Doctor will be broadcast tonight at 8pm on BBC 3 and the episode will be available to watch shortly after on BBC iPlayer. Will you be watching this Doctor Who documentary when it is broadcast tonight?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

David Harewood Digital Spy Interview

Digital Spy recently interviewed David Harewood who has been cast in the final Doctor Who special of the year, The End of Time, as a character called Joshua Naismith. In the interview, David is asked about his character, how he got the part, the atmosphere on set, and much more. An extract from Digital Spy's interview with David Harewoood can be read below:

What sort of character is Joshua? How does he fit into the story?
"He's a rather strange individual. He wants to do something remarkable and he seeks the help of probably the most evil person in the universe. And by seeking his help, he sets in motion a series of events that could possibly bring about the end of the world."

Digital Spy's full interview with David Harewood can be read by clicking here on Digital Spy's official website. The final Doctor Who special is the last to star David Tennant as The Tenth Doctor and will be broadcast at Christmas time on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel. What are your thoughts on this new interview?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sarah Jane Adventures Series Three Titles

Issue 412 of Doctor Who Magazine, which will be released on Thursday, reveals the episode titles for all six stories from the third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures. The new series sees Sarah Jane and her friends meet The Doctor and encounter alien creatures such as the Slitheen, the Blathareen, the Trickster and the Judoon. All six story titles can be read below:
  • 3.1/2: Prisoner of the Judoon
  • 3.3/4: The Mad Woman in the Attic
  • 3.5/6: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith
  • 3.7/8: The Eternity Trap
  • 3.9/10: Mona Lisa's Revenge
  • 3.11/12: The Gift

It has recently be revealed that Surrane Jones will feature as Mona Lisa in episode nine and ten of the series and that Jeff Rawle who is well known for his role in the 2005 film, 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' , will also be appearing in the series. The Sarah Jane Adventures series three will be broadcast this Autumn on BBC One and on The CBBC Channel, and more news regarding the upcoming series will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when it is available.

Torchwood Magazine #17

Titan Magazines have now revealed the cover and some details for issue seventeen of the official Torchwood magazine, which will be released on Thursday. This issue includes an exclusive interview with Russell T Davies, an episode guide for Random Shoes, a comic strip, Torchwood fiction, takes a look at how Millennium FX created the 456, and much more. The cover for the magazine can be seen to the left and it's press release can be read below:

Children of Earth uncovered!
The latest 100-page issue of Torchwood magazine gets under the skin of the five-night television spectacular, kicking things off with a sensational interview over ten pages with the show’s creator Russell T Davies.

Nick Abadzis pens Torchwood comic strip
Award-winning comic book writer and artist Nick Abadzis makes his Torchwood magazine debut in the latest issue. The author of the acclaimed graphic novel Laika writes part three of Broken, in which Gwen is plagued by ghosts of Torchwood past, with illustrations by Paul Grist.

Russell T Davies
“I could write you scene one of season four right now.”
So says Russell T Davies in a comprehensive interview in the latest issue of Torchwood magazine. We’d been trying to pin Davies down for over a year, and having got his attention, it wasn’t an opportunity we were ever going to approach lightly. With no stone left uncovered, we grill the man who invented Torchwood on why Ianto had to die, what he thinks about politics, and what could be next for the show.

Making a Monster
Torchwood magazine brings you a sensational line-up of behind-the-scenes coverage of Children of Earth in the latest issue, including a close-up account of the making of the 456. Russell T Davies’ brief, as outlined by the script, was to make “a huge, three-headed, eyeless beast, with raw, wet skin, like its flesh has been stripped.” Find out how Millennium FX went about meeting the challenge, with exclusive photography from their workshop and the Floor 13 set.

Random Shoes Revisited!
Torchwood magazine continues to look back at the trailblazing first series of the show in the latest issue. Remember when Torchwood ‘fan’ Eugene Jones found himself invisible and where he always wanted to be: sitting alongside Gwen Cooper in the Torchwood SUV? We revisit Random Shoes, first aired way back in December 2006, in a comprehensive episode guide. Plus, we talk to actor Paul Chequer, who guest starred in the episode as the naive but lovable Eugene.

Issue 17 of Torchwood Magazine will be released at all good newagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland this Thursday, at a regular retail price of £4.99.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Torchwood Encyclopedia Cover

BBC Books have now revealed the cover for the previously reported upcoming Torchwood: The Encyclopedia. The book which is written by Garry Russell is an A to Z guide to the history of Torchwood and documents everything that has happened in and outside the popular Doctor Who spin-off series. The cover for the book can be seen to the left and it's official synopsis can be read below:

Founded by Queen Victoria in 1879, the Torchwood Institute has been defending Great Britain from the alien hordes for 130 years. Though London's Torchwood One was destroyed during the Battle of Canary Wharf, the small team at Torchwood Three have continued to monitor the space-time Rift that runs through Cardiff, saving the world and battling for the future of the human race.

Now you can discover every fact and figure, explore every crack in time, and encounter every creature that Torchwood have dealt with. Included here are details of: The secret of the Children of Earth; Operatives from Alice Guppy to Gwen Cooper; Extraterrestrial visitors from Arcateenians to Weevils; The life and deaths of Captain Jack Harkness, and much more. Illustrated throughout with photos and artwork from all three series, this A-Z guide provides everything you need to know about Torchwood.

Torchwood: The Encyclopedia will be released at good book shops across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the 1st of October at a regular retail price of £14.99. Will you be purchasing a copy of this book when it is released this year?

Doctor Who Magazine #412 Cover

The cover for issue 412 of Doctor Who Magazine has now been added to the magazine's official Facebook group and can be seen above. This month's issue features the second part of an exclusive interview with Tom Baker and gives readers the chance to win signed copies of Hornet's Nest, a new series of audio CDs featuring the Fourth Doctor. The magazine also includes the Watcher's Guide to The Sixth Doctor, interviews with Nicola Bryant and Mary Tamm, a new comic-strip and much more including exclusive filming pictures of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan filming the fifth series of Doctor Who. Doctor Who Magazine 412 will go on sale across the United Kingdom on Thursday at a price of £3.99 and the press release will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when made available.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Doctor Who Greatest Moments: Companions

Details have now emerged for another upcoming Doctor Who documentary that will be broadcast on BBC Three later this month. The documentary will be entitled Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Companions and will take a look back at some of The Doctor's companion's most memorable moments from the history of Doctor Who. Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Companions will feature David Tennant who plays The Tenth Doctor, Billie Piper who plays Rose Tyler, Freema Agyeman who plays Martha Jones, Catherine Tate who plays Donna Noble and John Barrowman who plays Jack Harkness. The documentary is the second in a three-part series and details regarding the first documentary of the series, Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Doctor, can be found by clicking here in an older post. Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Companions will be broadcast on BBC Three on Thursday the 27th of August at 8.00pm and a final reminder for the documentary will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, on it's broadcast date.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Doctor Who Series One - Four DVD Box Set

2Entertain have now revealed that they will be releasing a DVD box set that will feature the first, second, third, and fourth series of Doctor Who. As well as including every episode of series one, two, three and four, the new DVD box set will include the complete series of Doctor Who confidential and all the other DVD extras that were included on the single series releases. Doctor Who: The Complete Series One - Four will be released on the 26th of October at a regular retail price of £89.99, and the cover, along with more details, will be posted here, on The Gallifrey, as soon as they are made available by 2Entertain. Will you be purchasing this DVD?

K9 Series on New Disney Channel

A new trailer is currently airing across various Disney channels, advertising a new upcoming channel called Disney XD. The trailer reveals that the new K9 series, created by Bob Baker, will be broadcast on this new channel, but does not give any indication of when the series will be shown. The channel that will be launched on the 31st of August will be aimed at boys from six to fourteen years old and will replace Jetix which was previously going to broadcast the new K9 series. Disney XD will be available on Sky channel 607 and on Virgin channel 707 and more news regarding the upcoming K9 series will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when available.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Next Doctor and Planet of the Dead DVD

2Entertain have now revealed that they will be releasing the Doctor Who 2008 Christmas special, The Next Doctor, and the first of this year's Doctor Who specials, Planet of the Dead, on a DVD together later this year. The Next Doctor was previously released with last year's Doctor Who Prom on DVD this January, and Planet of the Dead was recently released on DVD with Doctor Who Confidential in June. No confirmation of what other DVD extras will be featured on the new DVD, which according to various online retailers will be a box set, has yet come from 2Entertain, but the cover, along with more details, will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, as soon as they are available. Will you be purchasing this DVD when it is released?

Doctor Who Adventures #128

BBC Magazine have now sent us the cover and details for issue 128 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine which was released yesterday. This week's issue of the popular children's magazine takes a look at some of the most disgusting things in Doctor Who and comes with some free Dalek stickers and Dalek slime. The cover for the magazine can be seen to the left and the official press release for it can be read below:

Looking for yucky monster facts and pictures?

This week’s issue of Doctor Who Adventures is the YUCKIEST ever! There are loads of free stickers of the most hideous things in Doctor Who – everything from revolting Daleks to someone turning into an Ood.

Inside the magazine we look at the ten grossest moments in Doctor Who. Prepare yourself for loads of horrors! And if you like Daleks, check out the fact file about the disgusting ones.

If that’s not enough, the issue comes with a free pot of Dalek slime. Touch the gooey-slimyness if you dare! All this and...

• Brilliant posters!
• A brand-new comic strip
• Captain Jack’s Vortex Manipulator guide
• Take a monster quiz
• Slitheen shocks in a photo story
• Puzzles and competitions – great prizes to be won!
• Subscription offer – subscribe today and get a free Cybermen Collection DVD.

Doctor Who Adventures, issue 128, priced £2.10, is in shops now! It’s so foul, you’ll love it!

Issue 128 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, being sold at the usual price of £2.10. Doctor Who Adventures issue 129 will be released next Thursday and will take a look at Jenny, The Doctor's daughter who was created from his own cells.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New The Sarah Jane Adventures Audio CDs

BBC Audio have now revealed the covers and synopses for two new The Sarah Jane Adventures audio CD's, The White Wolf by Garry Russell and The Shadow People by Scott Handcock. Both stories are written exclusively for audio CD and are read by Elisabeth Sladen, the actress who plays Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures. The covers for the audio CDs can be seen above and their official synopses can be read below:

The White Wolf
This title presents an exclusive audio story featuring Sarah Jane Smith, her son Luke and their friends, and read by a member of the TV cast. It is written by Gary Russell. A letter from an old friend she can’t remember sparks off another adventure for Sarah Jane, as she and her friends explore the village of Wolfenden. What is the secret of the white wolf carved on the hillside – and what does it have to do with alien abduction? Elisabeth Sladen narrates the story as Sarah Jane Smith.

The Shadow People
A school camping trip to Snowdonia spells trouble for Sarah Jane and her friends, as they find themselves stranded in a harsh environment. What shadowy figure is watching them? How can Rani be in two places at once? And what secret does a nearby cave hold? Elisabeth Sladen narrates the story as Sarah Jane Smith. This title presents an exclusive audio story featuring Sarah Jane Smith, her son Luke and their friends, and read by a member of the TV cast.

Both The Sarah Jane Adventures audio stories are expected to be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the 8th of October, being sold at a regular retail price of £5.99 each. Will you be purchasing these new audio CDs?

The Keys of Marinus DVD Cover

2Entertain have now revealed the cover for the upcoming DVD release of the classic Doctor Who story, The Keys of Marinus. The six-part adventure which was the fifth ever Doctor Who story to be broadcast starred William Hartnell as the First Doctor, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara, William Russell as Ian and Carole Ann Ford as Susan. The DVD's cover can be seen it's synopsis can be read below:

The Conscience machine has the power to control the minds of everyone on Marinus, and it is in danger of falling into the hands of the sinister Yartek, leader of the alien Voord. To prevent disaster, the TARDIS crew must recover the machine's operating keys, hidden in various locations around the planet. Others have attempted this task before - but none have ever returned.

The DVD will include special features such as a photo gallery, trailers and commentary with William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, director John Gorrie and designer Raymond Cusick. The Keys of Marinus will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the 21st of September and will be sold at a regular retail price of £19.99. Will you be buying this DVD when it is released this year?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Doctor Who DVD Files #16

Issue sixteen of The Doctor Who DVD Files was released across the United Kingdom and Ireland today. This fortnight's issue comes with the Doctor Who series three episodes; Gridlock and Daleks in Manhattan, on DVD, and includes guides for both episodes. The magazine also takes a look at Romana, Dalek Sec, Jackie Tyler, New Earth transport, the Macra, and includes an exclusive behind the scenes interview with Helen Raynor, writer of Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks, The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky. Issue seventeen of the magazine will be released in two weeks time and will come with episode five and six of Doctor Who series three; Evolution of the Daleks and The Lazarus Experiment, on DVD. The Doctor Who DVD Files issue sixteen is on sale at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now at at a regular retail price of £6.99. Will you be buying a copy of The Doctor Who DVD Files issue 16?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Doctor Who DVD Files Extended

GE Fabbri, the producers of The Doctor Who DVD Files and Doctor Who Battles in Time magazine, have now revealed plans to extend the amount of issues that The Doctor Who DVD Files will run for. The popular magazine that comes with two Doctor Who episodes on DVD every fortnight was originally intended to run until it's twenty-eighth issue but is now planned to run until a thirty-fifth. The magazine which began back in January this year is released every two weeks across the United Kingdom and Ireland and is sold at a regular retail price of £6.99 an issue. The news was revealed by GE Fabbri on their official Twitter account but they did not reveal what episodes will come with the extended issues, although it is speculated that some issues could come with the 2009 Doctor Who specials. GE Fabbri's official website for The Doctor Who DVD Files can be found by clicking here and more information regarding the extended issues will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, as soon as they are available. What are your thoughts on this?

Doctor Who at the BBC: A Legend Reborn

BBC Audio have now revealed details for an upcoming audio CD that will take a look at how Doctor Who was bought back after it had been off air since 1989. The CD which includes interviews with new series cast members such as David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston is entitled 'Doctor Who at the BBC: A Legend Reborn' and the synopsis for it can be read below:

This is a fascinating volume of interviews and behind-the-scenes features from the worlds of Doctor Who, as first featured on BBC radio and television. Featuring the voices of David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Billie Piper, Christopher Eccleston, Kylie Minogue, Freema Agyeman, Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner, Phil Collinson and many others, this is a fascinating retrospective look at how Doctor Who returned to our screens in 2005 and became one of the most popular programmes on television. It encompasses the run-up to the launch of Series 1, and follows the programme's progress right up to 2009, with the announcement of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor and the impending departure of David Tennant.

Doctor Who at the BBC: A Legend Reborn will be released on the 5th of November at a regular retail price of £13.69 and the cover, along with more details will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, as soon as they are made available by BBC Audio. Will you be buying a copy of this upcoming audio CD?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Torchwood Gains BBC America's Best Ratings

BBC America have now announced the ratings that Torchwood: Children of Earth achieved when it was broadcast in America last month. The series which was broadcast across five consecutive nights was watched by an average of 705,000 viewers each episode, with the last episode of the five part series achieving 847,000 viewers. The ratings for the final episode are the highest that BBC America have ever gained in all of it's years of transmitting programmes across the US. The series that starred John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper and Gareth David-Llyod as Ianto Jones is currently available to buy on DVD across the United Kingdom, Ireland and America. What are your thoughts on this news?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Torchwood Series 1 - 3 DVD Confirmed

2Entertain recently revealed plans to release the first, second and third series of Torchwood in a collector's DVD box set. The box set will include all Torchwood episodes that have been broadcast to date and will feature all of the DVD extras and Torchwood Declassified episodes that were released on the single series Torchwood DVDs. Series one and two of Torchwood starred John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Burn Gorman as Owen Harper, Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato and Gareth David-Llyod as Ianto Jones. The third series of the show only featured Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones due to the deaths of Owen Harper and Toshiko Sato at the end of the second series. The Torchwood Compelete Series One, Two and Three DVD will be released on the 26th of October at a regular retail price of £59.99 and the front cover along with more details will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when made available.

The Dalek Collection DVD Coming Soon

2Entertain have now revealed that they will be releasing a DVD consisting of Doctor Who episodes featuring The Doctor's greatest and most deadly enemies, The Daleks. The DVD will be entitled 'The Dalek Collection' and the episodes rumoured to be included on it are; Dalek, Bad Wolf, The Partings of the Ways, Army of Ghosts, Doomsday, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks, The Stolen Earth and Journey's End although none of these episodes have been confirmed. A special episode of Doctor Who Confidential that takes a look at the Daleks will be available to watch, exclusively on this DVD, when it will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the 19th of October at a regular retail price of £15.99. The cover, details, more information and the titles of the episodes that will be included on the DVD will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when available.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Doctor

The BBC have now announced that a Doctor Who documentary taking a look back at some of The Doctor's most memorable moments will be broadcast in the United Kingdom later this month. The special programme will feature David Tennant who stars in Doctor Who as The Tenth Doctor, John Barrowman who stars in Doctor Who and Torchwood as Captain Jack Harkness, David Morrissey who starred in the Doctor Who 2008 Christmas special as Jackson Lake and Mark Gatiss who wrote the Doctor Who series one episode, The Unquiet Dead, and appeared in the series three episode, The Lazarus Experiment, as Professor Lazarus. The title of the Doctor Who documentary is 'Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Doctor' which suggests that other documentarys like this are being planned for production. Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Doctor will be broadcast on the 20th of August at 8pm on BBC Three and a final reminder for this programme will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, on the day of it's upcoming broadcast.

Updated Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale

BBC Books have now revealed that an updated and revised edition of Doctor Who: The Writers Tale will be released next year. Along with material from the first book, the updated Writer's Tale will include new collected e-mails from both Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook, following the production of the Doctor Who specials. The book's synopsis can be read below:

When The Writer's Tale was published in autumn 2008, it was immediately embraced as a classic. For this extensively revised and updated paperback edition, Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook continue their candid and in-depth correspondence to take in work on the last of Russell's 2009 specials - and the end of David Tennant's era as The Doctor - while also looking back to the achievements of the first three seasons. With over 300 pages of all-new material, including new photos and original artwork, The Writer's Tale is a fitting tribute to Russell T Davies' phenomenal achievement in bringing Doctor Who back for a new generation of fans.

This updated edition of Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the 21st of January at a regular retail price of £14.99. The cover and more information regarding this book will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, as soon as they are made available by BBC Books.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Tom Baker Wants Doctor Who Return

Tom Baker, the actor who starred as The Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who from 1974 1981, recently revealed in an interview that he would like to Doctor Who. In the interview, Tom said that if he were to return, he would like to contribute to a script for a special reunion episode of the SciFi series. An extract from the interview with Tom Baker can be read below:

"They should actually try and do something like that and they should get a nice jolly script with them. I don't know what it will be like and they haven't approached me yet and I'd want to have some say about the script. I think it is quite difficult now to surprise an audience with special effects, you may please an audience, but visually you can't actually amaze an audience can you? In a sense you just watch them trying, but if people can appear and disappear and walk through walls and disappear and then carry on fencing or kissing girls, that amazes me. Of course they didn't do that in my days, and I don't want to be a reactionary old fart about that but in my days, it never occurred to me to try and kiss a girl.”

Tom Baker recently confirmed that he will be returning in a series of audio stories, entitled Hornet's Nest. Hornet's Nest will consist of five audio dramas called The Stuff of Nightmares, The Dead Shoes, The Circus of Doom, A Sting in the Tale and Hive of Horror which will all be available on CD from September. More information regarding Hornet's Nest can be found by clicking here at the BBC's official website for Doctor Who. What are your thoughts on this interview?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Simon Guerrier Exclusive Interview

Simon Guerrier, author of various Doctor Who audio dramas, comic strips, short stories and novels, recently agreed to do an interview with us. In an exclusive interview, we ask him about his career, his favorite Doctor Who related things and his two new series novels, The Pirate Loop and The Slitheen Excursion. The interview can be read by clicking here or on the 2009 interviews section on the Extra page but please be aware that the interview is copyright to The Gallifrey Vortex so may not be reproduced. Simon Guerrier's latest novel, The Slitheen Excursion, is available to buy at all good book shops across the United Kingdom and Ireland now at a regular retail price of £6.99. What are your thoughts on this exclusive interview?

Doctor Who Adventures #127

BBC Magazines recently sent us the cover and details for issue 127 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine which was released yesterday. This issue comes with the first Doctor Who: Decide Your Destiny book, The Spaceship Graveyard, and takes a look at clones and doubles that have appeared in Doctor Who. The cover for this week's issue of the magazine can be seen to the left and the official press release for it can be read below:

Free book with Doctor Who Adventures magazine

This week’s issue of Doctor Who Adventures comes with a free Doctor Who Decide Your Destiny book.

Inside the magazine, you’ll find the first picture of the Eleventh Doctor and his companion Amy Pond. Check out the sneak preview of how they’ll look as the pair start filming their new adventures together.

There’s also a fact file about clones in the series and a top ten of doubles – everything from Rose the dog to copies of the Doctor himself. All this and…

• Brilliant posters!
• A new comic strip
• The tricks behind doubles in Doctor Who
• Make a red bus like the one in Planet of the Dead!
• Rise of the Cybermen photo story
• Puzzles and competitions – great prizes to be won, including Doctor Who DVDs!
• Subscription offer – subscribe and get a free Doctor Who Cybermen Collection DVD.

Doctor Who Adventures, issue 127, priced £2.10, is in shops from Thursday 6 August! Perfect for young Doctor Who fans!

Doctor Who Adventures issue 127 is on sale at good newsagents across the Untied Kingdom and Ireland now, being sold at the usual price of £2.10. Issue 128 of the magazine will be released next Thursday and will come with some free Dalek slime. Will you be purchasing a copy of Doctor Who Adventures 127?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Rose Tyler in The Waters of Mars?

After the recent showing of a new The Waters of Mars Trailer at San Diego Comic-Con, many fans of Doctor Who have begun speculating about the episode from what can be seen in the trailer. The trailer appears to show unclear footage of a woman who is believed to be Rose Tyler holding Jackie and Pete Tyler's baby, Tony. An image of the footage can be seen below:

It was revealed at the end of the Doctor Who series two finale, Doomsday, that Jackie Tyler was pregnant with parallel Pete Tyler's baby. Billie Piper who plays Rose Tyler and Camille Coduri who plays Jackie Tyler were recently spotted filming for the final Doctor Who special of the year, although it is believed that the scenes are set in 2005. Please be aware that the image is only speculated to be Rose Tyler holding Tony Tyler, meaning that it could possibly not be them.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Doctor Who Files Collector's Edition

BBC Children's Books have now revealed the cover and details for The Doctor Who Files Collector's Edition. The book will include the following titles that have been published in the Doctor Who Files series; The Doctor, Rose, The Slitheen, The Sycorax, Mickey, K9, The Daleks, The Cybermen, Martha, Captain Jack, The Cult of Skaro, The TARDIS, The Sontarans and The Ood. The book will feature the facts, information, pictures and stories that featured inside each individual Doctor Who File book when they were originally published. The Doctor Who Files Collector's Edition consists of over 496 pages of old and new material and will be released at good book shops across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the 1st of October at a regular retail price of £30.00. Will you be buying this book?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sarah Jane Adventures Series Three News

Please be aware that this post contains information which could be classed as spoilers. The latest issue of SFX magazine which is currently on sale across the United Kingdom and Ireland includes an interview with Nikki Smith, the producer of The Sarah Jane Adventures, which reveals new information regarding the third series of the show. In the interview, she reveals that the Slitheen family who previously appeared in the Doctor Who series one episodes; Aliens of London, World War Three and Boom Town and The Sarah Jane Adventures series one episodes; Revenge of the Slitheen and The Lost Boy, will be returning in the final story of the new series. Nikki Smith also informs SFX that the Slitheen's cousin family and enemies, the Blathareen, will be making their first on-screen appearence in the same episode that the Slitheen feature in. She also confirmed that the Judoon, the intergalactic police who appeared in the Doctor Who episodes; Smith and Jones and The Stolen Earth, will appear in an episode which sees one of their life carriers crash to Earth and an alien prisoner called Androvax escape. The September edition of SFX magazine includes more news regarding the third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures and is available to buy at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland for the price of £3.99 now.