Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Waters of Mars Promotional Picture

With The Waters of Mars now only two weeks away from being broadcast, the BBC have revealed new promotional picture for the episode. The picture features The Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant, Adelaide, as played by Lindsay Duncan, a new allied robot, and the water possessed. The brand new picture can be seen below (click to enlarge):

The Waters of Mars will be broadcast on Sunday the 15th of November at 7.00pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel. The episode is the second Doctor Who special of the year and will be the penultimate adventure for The 10th Doctor, before his time travelling in the TARDIS ends at some point over Christmas time.

The Gift Part One and Two Synopses

The BBC Press Office recently revealed the official synopses for part one and two of The Gift, the sixth and final story of The Sarah Jane Adventures series three. The episode features the Slitheen who previously appeared in the series one stories, Revenge of the Slitheen, and The Lost Boy, and their cousins, the Blathareen. Both official synopses can be read below:

Part One
Sarah Jane, Luke, Clyde and Rani face an old enemy, the green Slitheen, in the penultimate episode of this series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

When the Slitheen’s latest scheme is halted, their rivals, the Blathereen, arrive. Declaring peace between the planets, they offer Sarah Jane a gift – one that might change the future of the human race forever.

Part Two
When the Blathereens’ gift runs riot, Sarah Jane faces the battle of her life to save her son, Luke, as The Sarah Jane Adventures concludes.

With Clyde, Rani and K9 trapped in a school under siege, and the whole of London convulsing under the alien threat, everything heads for a final showdown in the attic – and not everyone is getting out alive.


The Gift will be broadcast in two parts, the first of which airing on Thursday the nineteenth of November, and the second airing on the following day, Friday the twentieth of November, both at 4.35pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Waters of Mars Broadcast Date

David Tennent, the actor who is best known to Doctor Who fans as The Tenth Doctor, appeared on GMTV this morning, where he revealed the time and date that the second Doctor Who special, The Waters of Mars, will be broadcast. Like many fans speculated, the episode will be broadcast on Sunday the fiftheenth of November, at 7.00pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel. The special episode sees The Doctor, as played by David Tennant, land on the planet Mars in the year 2059, where he meets Adelaide, as played by Lindsay Duncan, and encounters a vicious water-based creature that is possessing the crew of Bowie Base One, and threatening to poison the Earth's waters. Are you looking forward to this upcoming episode?

The Wedding of Sarah Jane Part Two Today

Today, the third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures will continue, with the concluding part of The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith. The episode sees The Doctor, K9, Luke, Rani, and Clyde search for Sarah Jane as the sinister Trickster's most evil plan of mass destruction continues. The official synopses for today's The Sarah Jane Adventure's episode can be read below:

The Doctor joins the battle, as the power of the Pantheon Of Discord grows in strength, in the second and concluding part of this week's story, but a deadly trap is waiting for them all.

The Doctor makes a spectacular return on the happiest day of Sarah Jane's life, but is he too late to save both his old companion and Earth itself? As the strands of a clever and careful plan draw together, the two friends are separated across different time zones and must fight to save each other. For one, there's a terrible price to pay.


The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith part two will be broadcast today at 4.35pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel, and will be available to watch shortly after on BBC iPlayer. The series will continue next Thursday with the first part of The Eternity Trap, and a reminder for that episode will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, on the day of it's first showing. Will you be watching this today?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Wedding of Sarah Jane Part One Today

Today will see the first broadcast of The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith part one, the fifth episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures series three. The episode sees The Doctor return on Sarah Jane's wedding day, but all is not as it seems as the chaos loving Trickster's latest plans are falling into place. The synopses for today's Sarah Jane Adventures episode can be read below:

Sarah Jane has met Peter Dalton and wants him to become part of her life, as the adventure series continues; perhaps he could become a father to Luke. But Clyde suspects that Peter is hiding a secret or two, especially when he and Rani find an empty house where Peter says his home should be.

The Doctor makes a spectacular return on the happiest day of Sarah Jane's life but a deadly trap is awaiting them all.

As the strands of a clever and careful plan come together, can even a Time Lord save Sarah Jane on the day of her arch-enemy's greatest triumph?

The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith part one will be broadcast today at 4.35pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel, and will conclude in it's second part, which will be broadcast at the same time on the same channels tomorrow. Are you looking forward to this new episode? Will you be tuning in to watch later today?

The Waters of Mars New Preview Clip

This morning, Russell T Davies was a guest on the BBC Breakfast show to promote today's episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and the next Doctor Who special, The Waters of Mars. A new clip from the upcoming Doctor Who episode was shown, featuring The Doctor, Adelaide, and two of the water possessed zombie creatures. The new clip can be seen below:

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The Waters of Mars stars David Tennant as The Tenth Doctor, Lindsay Duncan as Adelaide, and will be broadcast at some point next month on BBC One and on BBC HD. The latest news, trailers, clips, and the air date for The Waters of Mars will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, as soon as they are made available.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Doctor Who The Waters of Mars Synopsis

The BBC Press Office have now released synopses for several dramas that will be broadcast on BBC channels across the coming weeks. Included on the website is the official synopsis for The Waters of Mars, the second Doctor Who special which will be aired at some point next month. The synopsis for the upcoming special Doctor Who episode can be read below:

Mars, 2059. Bowie Base One. Last recorded message: "Don't drink the water. Don't even touch it. Not one drop."

Starring David Tennant as The Doctor and guest starring acclaimed British stage and screen actress Lindsay Duncan, The Waters Of Mars is the second Doctor Who special to be screened this year. Lindsay plays Adelaide – the Doctor's cleverest and most strong-minded companion. She and the Doctor face terror on the Red Planet in one of the scariest adventures yet.

Neighbours, Flying Doctors and Casualty star Peter O'Brien also guest stars as Ed, Adelaide's second-in-command at the base. The Waters Of Mars is written by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford and is directed by Graeme Harper.


Alternatively, the synopsis can be read by clicking here at the official BBC Press Office website. The Waters of Mars stars David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor and Lindsay Duncan as his one-off companion, Adelaide, and will be aired on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel this November. Are you looking forward to this?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sarah Jane Adventures BAFTA Nominations

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have now released the full list of nominations for their upcoming Children's BAFTA Awards. The list reveals that The Sarah Jane Adventures has been nominated in the Best Drama category for the fifth story of the show's second series, The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith, a two part story featuring the Graske and the Trickster, and written by Gareth Roberts. The show is up against three other children's dramas; Dustbin Baby, Wil’s Christmas List, and US5, all of which facing competition from The Sarah Jane Adventures. The results of these awards will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, shortly after they are announced. A full list of the nominations can be found by clicking here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Doctor Who Specials DVD Box Sets

Many online retailers are now listing two different box sets featuring various Doctor Who special episodes. The first of the box sets consists of The Waters of Mars, The End of Time, and the final Doctor Who 2009 special, and the second of which is entitled Doctor Who: The Complete Specials, but the contents of this box set is yet to be confirmed. The Waters of Mars and The End of Time two-parter box set and the Doctor Who complete specials box set will both be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the eleventh of January 2010, both being sold at regular retail prices of £24.99 and £39.99. The Complete Specials will also be available on Blu-Ray for the higher price of £49.99. Will you be purchasing one of these box sets?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sarah Jane Adventures Series Three Box Set

Various online retailers are now taking orders for a DVD box set containing the complete third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures. According to the websites, the box set will include all twelve episodes from the series, and commentary by David Tennant for The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, a two-part story which will receive its broadcast this Thursday and Friday. The Sarah Jane Adventures series three stars Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Thomas Knight as Luke Smith, Anjili Mohnidra as Rani Chandra, and Daniel Anthony as Clyde Langer, and is currently being broadcast on BBC One and on BBC HD. The box set will reportedly be released on the the twenty-fifth of January, being sold at entertainment stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland at a regular retail price of £24.99. 2Entertain have not yet confirmed any of this information, but any news regarding this possible DVD release will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Doctor Who Adventures #138

BBC Magazines recently sent us the cover and details for issue 138 of Doctor Who Adventures, which went on sale on Thursday. This week's issue is a bumper Halloween special, taking a look at ten of the scariest Doctor Who moments and coming with a free Weeping Angel mask and claws, along with two more packets of Doctor Who: Alien Armies cards. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and the official press release for it can be read below:

Happy Halloween from Doctor Who Adventures!


Weeping Angel mask and claws with this week’s issue!

Be afraid, be very afraid, as this week’s Doctor Who Adventures magazine is the scariest issue yet. The bumper Halloween pack takes a look at scary scenes to come in the next Doctor Who special, to be shown on BBC One soon, and comes with a Weeping Angel monster mask and claws to help make your Halloween party a screaming success.

Other features in this week’s issue that will have you hiding behind the sofa:
  • Top 10 moments that make you jump
  • Weeping Angels fact file
  • A look at the next Sarah Jane Adventures episode
  • Quiz - How well do you know the scariest Doctor Who monsters?
Issue 138 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is out now, price £2.99

Doctor Who Adventures magazine issue 138 is on sale at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, being sold at the higher price of £2.99. Will you be purchasing a copy of this magazine at some point this week?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Doctor Who Children in Need 2009 Details

Earlier this year, it was announced that Doctor Who would be doing something for this year's Children in Need telethon. The BBC Press Office today released the line-up for the telethon, which reveals that a preview of the Doctor Who Christmas special will be shown to raise money for charity. It is currently unknown what the preview will consist of, although it is highly speculated that it will either be the episode's pre-title sequence, or the trailer for the episode which was shown at this year's San Diego ComicCon convention. This year's Children in Need telethon will be broadcast on Friday the twentieth of November, and more details regarding the Doctor Who preview will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when available.

The Mad Woman in the Attic Part Two Today

The third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures will continue today, with the concluding part of The Mad Woman in the Attic. The episode sees Eve's powers grow increasingly out of control, and Rani try to change her destiny in order to stop her devestated future life from happening. The synopsis for today's Sarah Jane Adventures episode can be read below:

Alien Eve's powers grow out of control, with everyone caught in her sinister and endless games. As the echoes of an ancient war threaten the modern world, the danger extends all the way to the year 2059. If Rani fails to change her own destiny, then everyone is doomed.

The Mad Woman in the Attic part two will be broadcast today at 4.35pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD Channel, and will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer shortly after. The series will continue next Thursday with the first part of The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, and a reminder for that episode will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, on the day of it's broadcast. Will you be watching?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mona Lisa's Revenge Synopses

The BBC Press Office have now revealed the synopses for the fifth story of The Sarah Jane Adventures series three, Mona Lisa's Revenge. The two-part story forms the ninth and tenth episodes of the series, and sees the Mona Lisa painting come alive and attempt to set her brother free from his prison. The synopses for both parts of this upcoming story can be read below:

Part One
Strange forces bring the Mona Lisa to life, as the adventure series starring Elisabeth Sladen continues. Clyde's proudest day turns into a nightmare when he discovers that fine art can be dangerous and, when a school trip descends into disaster, the gang find themselves trapped without Sarah Jane's help, as the awesome abomination stirs.

Part Two
Luke and Rani investigate the myth of the dreaded abomination, as the two-part drama concludes. With Sarah Jane trapped and beyond help, everything now depends upon Clyde. Mona Lisa vows to release her terrifying brother from his age-old prison, but only Clyde has the key.

The first part of Mona Lisa's Revenge will be broadcast on Thursday the twelfth of November, and the second part of the story will be aired on the following day, both at 4.35pm on BBC1 and on BBC HD. What do you think of these synopses?

The Mad Woman in the Attic Part One Today

Today, the third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures will continue with the first part of The Mad Woman in the Attic. The story sees Rani Chandra investigate an abandoned fairground in search of an alien creature that is said to be an evil demon, and discover that her future life is devastated. The synopses for today's Sarah Jane Adventures episode can be read below:

Rani investigates strange rumours about a demon living in a funfair at the seaside. What she finds there, however, is far more alarming than that and she makes a decision that affects not only her future, but also the futures of all those she cares about...

Far in the future, in 2059, an old Rani remembers the day when her whole life went wrong. As her younger self investigates mysterious disappearances at an abandoned funfair, she sets into motion a chain of events which unleash the terrible powers of the alien Eve.


The Mad Woman in the Attic part one will be broadcast today at 4.35pm on BBC One and on BBC HD, and the story will conclude in it's second part, which will be shown at the same time on the same channels tomorrow. Will you be watching?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Doctor Who DVD Files #21

The twenty-first issue of The Doctor Who DVD Files was released today, and is now on sale at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland, being sold at the price of £6.99. This fortnight's issue comes with the final episode of Doctor Who series three, Last of the Timelords, and the 2007 Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned, on DVD. The magazine features episode guides for the episodes included on the DVD and takes a look at the Toclafane, the Star Ship Titanic, Ace, the actors who have played past incarnations of the Master, and the Ter-trap, The Rani's bat-like servants. Inside, you can also read about the end of an era, when Sarah Jane Smith had to depart from her adventures in the TARDIS. The twenty-second issue of the magazine will be released in two weeks time, and will include the first episodes of Doctor Who series four, Partners in Crime and The Fires of Pompeii, on DVD, and will include guides to both episodes.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Torchwood Magazine #18

Titan Magazines have now revealed the cover and details for issue eighteen of Torchwood Magazine which was released last Thursday. This issue includes interviews with Kai Owen, Cush Jumbo, Susan Brown and Ben Foster, an episode guide for the series one episode, Out of Time, concept art, a countdown of the top ten Torchwood villains, and much more. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and it's press release can be read below:

Jack’s in the dock!
Our coverage of the trailblazing Children of Earth continues in the latest issue of Torchwood magazine, as we put the key players on trial. We all asked ourselves what we would do in a similar situation to Jack, John Frobisher or the elected MPs? Who made the right decisions? Indeed, is there such a thing as a ‘right’ decision in such a complex situation?

Rhys on Earth – Kai Owen
“Rhys just wants to make sure Gwen’s safe, and then go home for a cup of tea!” – Kai Owen

As Gwen’s loving husband Rhys, Kai Owen is the everyman at the heart of Children of Earth. We quiz the actor about his big role in the mini-series in the latest issue of Torchwood magazine, and find out why Rhys is set to run and run…

New Torchwood fiction
Torchwood magazine brings you amazing original fiction and comic strip stories in every issue. This time around, Children of Earth writer James Moran gets high with airborne adventure Stakes on a Plane, and unseasonal snowfall heralds the start of an Antarctic adventure for PC Andy and the Torchwood team in David Llewellyn’s I May Be Some Time. Meanwhile, it’s part four of comic adventure Broken, written by Nick Abadzis and illustrated by Paul Grist. Can Captain Jack and his team escape in time?

Out of Time
Our unique and comprehensive coverage of classic Torchwood continues in the latest issue, as Out of Time gets the Episode Guide treatment. The arrival of three ordinary people from the 1950s threw the Torchwood team into more chaos than a herd of Weevils in the season one episode – the stranded individuals’ attempts to adjust to life in the 21st Century affected Jack, Gwen and Owen in ways they never could have predicted…

Torchwood Magazine issue eighteen is on sale at newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, being sold for the price of £4.99. The nineteenth issue of the magazine will be released on the seventeenth of December and will include a Christmas quiz, interviews with composer Murray Gold and the younger cast of Children of Earth, a behind the scenes look at special effects, and more.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Doctor Who Magazine #414 Press Release

Issue 414 of Doctor Who Magazine was released on Thursday, and the official press release for the magazine has now been made available. This month's issue of the magazine comes with some free packets of Alien Armies cards, and takes a look at the third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, which is currently airing on BBC One on Thursdays and Fridays. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and the official press release for it can be read below:

Love is in the air in Doctor Who Magazine #414!

In an exclusive behind-the-scenes report, we chat to the cast and crew of The Sarah Jane Adventures about The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith ... which guest stars David Tennant as the Doctor! What can Sarah Jane herself, actress Elisabeth Sladen, tell us about the story? "Some of it's quite sad. I can't read these scripts too often because they absolutely make me cry. If I do that too much, there won't be any emotion left for on set. Gareth Roberts has written something beautiful..." Plus;

A Dream Come True!
DWM previews the forthcoming animated adventure, Dreamland, and talks exclusively to the cast, including David Tennant, Georgia Moffett and David Warner...

Falling In Love!
She's travelled in the Tardis for nearly ten years with both the Eighth and Sixth Doctors. And she was the first of the Doctor’s companions to fall in love with the Time Lord! Charley Pollard, aka actress India Fisher, tells DWM about her adventures...

First Kiss!
The Eighth Doctor is famous for snogging Doctor Grace Holloway in the 1996 TV Movie. But what else should we remember him for? Find out as the Watcher presents the latest of his indispensable guides!

Do You Remember The First Time?
Doctor Who's head honcho Russell T Davies share fond reminiscences of being a fan in his youth... and discovers that, for some, the memory cheats!

I Don't Care About Your Faults, I Love You Anyway!
Neil Harris looks at the stories that made up the bottom 10 places of DWM's Mighty 200 poll and discovers that, despite popular opinion, there's a great deal to enjoy in these adventures...

The Wedding Crasher!
DWM manages to catch up with Sarah Jane's husband-to-be, played by actor Nigel Havers, just before the wedding... with a few interruptions from David Tennant!

Becoming Like Animals!
The Time Team gather together to watch Survival, the last full adventure for the Seventh Doctor. Will they have their claws out for this beastly tale, or will it leave them purring?

The Honeymoon Is Over!
The Fact of Fiction travels back to the earliest days of Doctor Who and finds the four time travellers trapped aboard the Tardis and fighting among themselves. Could they be on the edge of destruction as they hurtle beyond the sun? Find out as Inside the Spaceship is put under the microscope...

It’s A Girl!
The Doctor and Majenta discover that the London Underground holds a terrible secret... A brand new comic strip begins, Ghosts of the Northern Line, written by Dan McDaid with art by Paul Grist.

Plus! All the latest news, previews, reviews, competitions... and four free packs of Alien Armies trading cards plus an exclusive card, unavailable anywhere else!

Be happy ever after when you get issue 414 of Doctor Who Magazine, out now for only £3.99!

Doctor Who Magazine issue 414 is currently on sale at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland, being sold for the usual price of £3.99. The 415th issue of the magazine will be released on the 12th of November and will include the latest news, preview the next long anticipated Doctor Who special, The Waters of Mars, feature an interview with Lindsay Duncan, and much more.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Eternity Trap Synopses

The BBC Press Office recently revealed the synopses for part one and two of The Eternity Trap, the fourth story from the Sarah Jane Adventures series three. The story forms the seventh and eighth episodes of the series, and sees Sarah Jane Smith investigate a supposedly haunted house. The official synopses for both parts of the upcoming story can be read below:

Part One
A haunted house, with mysterious whispers and secrets in the shadows attracts Sarah Jane's attention in the first of a new, two-part adventure, written by Phil Ford and directed by Alice Troughton.

When Professor Rivers and the gang investigate an old legend, a monstrous creature appears in the night as the terrifying grasp of Erasmus Darkening reaches out from centuries past.

Part Two
Sarah Jane and the gang discover the secrets of Erasmus Darkening, in the second and concluding part of The Eternity Trap, but are they too late? As ghosts from the past rise up, and the quest to find the missing children reaches a climax, it seems that nothing can stop the ancient alchemist's rise to victory

The official synopses for the next two Sarah Jane Adventures stories, The Mad Woman in the Attic and The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, can be read by clicking here and here, both in older posts. What are your thoughts on these synopses?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Mad Woman in the Attic Part One Trailer

After yesterday's broadcast of Prisoner of the Judoon part two, a trailer for the next episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, The Mad Woman in the Attic part one, was shown. The trailer which features many new clips from the upcoming episode, including ones of Rani Chandra and Eve the fairground demon, was recently made available online, and can now be seen below:

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The Mad Woman in the Attic will be broadcast in two parts, the first of which being shown on Thursday next week, and the second of which receiving it's debut on Friday, both airing at 4.35pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Last Voyage Exclusive Audio

BBC Audio recently confirmed that they will be a releasing another exclusive Doctor Who audio early next year. The audio adventure which features The Tenth Doctor is entitled The Last Voyage, and will be the sixth new series Doctor Who story to be published exclusively as an audiobook. The synopsis for the audio has now been revealed, and can be read below:

An exclusive audio story featuring the 10th Doctor, as played by David Tennant in the hit BBC TV series. The TARDIS materialises on board the maiden voyage of a pioneering space cruiser, travelling from Earth to the planet Eternity. The Doctor hasn’t been exploring for long when nearly all of the passengers disappear, leaving a panic-stricken few behind. As if that wasn’t enough, something awful awaits them all on Eternity.

Doctor Who: The Last Voyage will join Pest Control, The Forever Trap, The Nemonite Invasion, The Rising Night and The Day of the Troll, on the shelves of retailers across the United Kingdom and Ireland, on January the seventh 2010.

Prisoner of the Judoon Part Two Today

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Today, the third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures will continue with the second part of Prisoner of the Judoon. This episode sees Luke, Clyde and Rani battle Androvax in the form of Sarah Jane Smith, as Judoon reinforcements arrive on Earth and micro-tech robots attempt to pull the planet apart. The official synopsis for today's Sarah Jane Adventures episode can be read below:

Luke, Clyde and Rani fight their most fearsome enemy yet – Sarah Jane Smith – in the second episode of this two-part, alien-busting adventure.

As the Judoon fleet approaches Earth, it’s a race against time to stop Androvax. But with Genetech’s technology on the rampage, and Rani’s parents taken prisoner, can anything stop the Army of the Infinitesimal?


Prisoner of the Judoon part two will be broadcast today at 4.35pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD Channel, and will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer shortly after. The series will continue in The Mad Woman in the Attic part one, which will be transmitted next Thursday, at 4.35pm, on BBC One and on BBC HD.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Doctor Who Adventures #137

BBC Magazines have now sent us the cover and details for issue 137 of Doctor Who Adventures, which was released across the United Kingdom and Ireland today. This week's issue of the magazine comes with two free packets of Doctor Who: Alien Armies cards, and takes a look at the third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures in an exclusive twelve page pull-out. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and it's official press release can be read below:

FREE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES MAG IN THIS WEEK’S DOCTOR WHO ADVENTURES!

They’re back! Doctor Who Adventures celebrates the return of Sarah Jane and her fellow defenders of Earth with an EXCLUSIVE 12-page pull-out guide to the new series. It’s packed full of episode secrets, monsters, fantastic facts and interviews with the cast – including K-9.


Ever fancied a trip in the TARDIS? Doctor Who Adventures brings you its guide to successful time travel. Don’t miss these essential dos and don’ts – and remember to always be polite to Queen Victoria.

Also this week, Doctor Who Adventures looks at the top 10 sonic moments in Doctor Who, the Second Doctor’s regeneration, and there’s a cool comic strip, too.

PLUS – Last week, Blue Peter announced a competition to design a TARDIS console. The winning entry will be chosen by the new Doctor, Matt Smith, and will appear in an episode of the new series! You’ll find a template to use for your design in the magazine this week – so get creating.

All this and…
  • FREE Master’s pen and notepad set
  • Two FREE packs of trading cards
  • Great new posters
  • Puzzles and competitions
  • Subscription offer – subscribe today and save a fantastic 30% PLUS, get a Doctor Who – The Ultimate Monster Guide book FREE

Doctor Who Adventures, issue 137, priced £2.10, is in shops on Thursday 15 October.

Grab your copy now!


Issue 137 of Doctor Who Adventures is on sale at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, being sold for the usual regular retail price of £2.10. Will you be purchasing a copy of this magazine at some point this week?

Prisoner of the Judoon Part One Today

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Today, The Sarah Jane Adventures will return to BBC One for it's long anticipated third series, with the first part of Prisoner of the Judoon. Today's episode sees Sarah Jane, Luke, Clyde and Rani investigate a crashed spaceship, and join forces with the intergalactic space police, the Judoon, in order to stop Androvax from destroying Earth. The official synopsis for this episode can be read below:

In the first of this two-part adventure, Sarah Jane and the gang face the most dangerous day of their lives, as the rhino-like Judoon return. When prisoner Androvax the Destroyer crash-lands on Earth, a Veil is set free and starts to turn Earth’s technology against itself. And his next intended victim is Sarah Jane.

Prisoner of the Judoon part one will be broadcast today at 4.35pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD Channel, and will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer shortly after. The story will conclude in it's second part, which will be aired on BBC One tomorrow, and a reminder for that episode will be posted, on The Gallifrey Vortex, several hours before it is broadcast. Will you be tuning into this?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Sarah Jane Adventures Quiz Book

BBC Children's Books have now revealed the cover and some details for their upcoming Sarah Jane Adventures quiz book. The book features over 250 questions, each regarding events and characters from the first, second and third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures. The book's cover can be seen to the left, and it's synopsis can be read below:

To join Sarah Jane and her friends in investigating alien goings-on, you’ll need first-rate observation and investigation skills! Test what you’ve learnt from all three series of The Sarah Jane Adventures with these quizzes!


The Sarah Jane Adventures Quiz Book consists of 104 pages and will be published at book stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the 5th of November, being sold at a regular retail price of £4.99. Will you be buying this?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pyramids of Mars Fourth Doctor Figure Set

Forbidden Planet have now revealed the first pictures of their upcoming and exclusive Fourth Doctor action figure. The new figure features a longer coat, a revised scarf, plus a different shirt to Character Option's original Fourth Doctor figure, and comes with a TARDIS console panel from The Pyramid of Mars. The Pyramids of Mars Fourth Doctor figure set will be released exclusively at Forbidden Planet stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the sixteenth of December, and will be sold at the price of £14.99. The figure is currently available to purchase from Forbidden Planet's official website by clicking here. More news regarding future releases of Forbidden Planet exclusive Doctor Who action figures will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when made available.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sarah Jane Adventures Series Three Trailer

With the The Sarah Jane Adventures now only three days away from returning to BBC One, the official Sarah Jane Adventures website has now been updated with a new trailer for the third series of the Doctor Who spin-off series. The new trailer runs for approximately two and a half minutes, and as well as being available elsewhere, it can now be seen below:

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The series will begin this Thursday at 4.35pm on BBC One with the first part of Prisoner of the Judoon, and will continue the following day with the second part of the story. More The Sarah Jane Adventures series three news, promotional pictures and trailers will be posted here on The Gallifrey Vortex, when available.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Doctor Who Wave Four Stand-Ups

A fourth wave of life-size Doctor Who stand-ups has now been announced for release. The new wave consists of Donna Noble and Sarah Jane Smith from The Stolen Earth and Journey's End, Sontaran General Staal from The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky, Jenny from The Doctor's Daughter, and a Vashta Nerada from Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead. The cut-outs will all be available for the price of £29.99 each from Tuesday the thirteenth of October, alongside the three previous waves of cutouts that consist of The Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones, Dalek Caan, Dalek Sec, a Cyberman, The Master, a Scarecrow, an Ood, a Weeping Angel, K9, Davros, Jack Harkness and the red Supreme Dalek. Will you be purchasing any of these life-size stand-ups when they are released?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Doctor Who Adventures #136

BBC Magazines have now sent us the cover and details for issue 136 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine, which was released on Thursday. This week's issue takes a look at ten of the most disgusting Slitheen moments, and comes with two packets of Doctor Who: Alien Armies cards, and a glow-in-the-dark Slitheen head. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and it's official press release can be read below:

Monster Alert! This week, Doctor Who Adventures is monster packed, with loads of facts about the stinky Slitheen and the flesh-feasting Vashta Nerada.

Our Top 10 this week is all about the grossest Slitheen scenes! Top scenes include the Slitheen experimenting on the brain of a poor old pig and the Doctor stopping a Slitheen with breath freshener, but who will come top in this gross countdown?

Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead are the focus of this week’s story guide. Find out what happens when the Doctor and Donna arrive on a planet where every book ever written is stored. Beware, as danger lurks in the shadows!

As the new Doctor’s arrival approaches, Doctor Who Adventures goes back to 1963 to meet the first Doctor, and we also look into what causes the Time Lord to regenerate! Plus…

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Doctor Who Adventures, issue 136, priced £2.10, is in shops now. Grab your issue!


Issue 136 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, being sold for the usual price of £2.10. Will you be purchasing a copy of this magazine at some point this week?

Friday, October 9, 2009

Vincent Van Gogh in Doctor Who Series Five

Last month, it was announced that Richard Curtis would be writing an episode for Doctor Who series five. The writer recently spoke to Shortlist magazine about the episode he will be writing, and revealed that the famous Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh, will be appearing in it. An extract from Richard Curtis' interview with Shortlist magazine can be read below:

"I wanted to write something my kids would like. I’ve got Van Gogh stabbing a monster! Someone from the BBC just sent me a picture of my monster. I had to decide if it was yellow enough."

To find more out about Vincent Van Gogh and his work, click here. Richard Curtis' Doctor Who episode is expected to begin filming in November, and according to various sources, will be broadcast on BBC One and on BBC HD in February 2010.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith Synopses

The BBC Press Office have now revealed the synopses for both parts of The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, the third two-part story from The Sarah Jane Adventures' third series. The story sees The Doctor, as played by David Tennant, return on Sarah Jane's wedding day and battle the chaos loving Trickster. The synopses for both parts of the upcoming story can be read below:

Part One
Sarah Jane has met Peter Dalton and wants him to become part of her life, as the adventure series continues; perhaps he could become a father to Luke. But Clyde suspects that Peter is hiding a secret or two, especially when he and Rani find an empty house where Peter says his home should be.

The Doctor makes a spectacular return on the happiest day of Sarah Jane's life but a deadly trap is awaiting them all.

As the strands of a clever and careful plan come together, can even a Time Lord save Sarah Jane on the day of her arch-enemy's greatest triumph?

Part Two
The Doctor joins the battle, as the power of the Pantheon Of Discord grows in strength, in the second and concluding part of this week's story, but a deadly trap is waiting for them all.

The Doctor makes a spectacular return on the happiest day of Sarah Jane's life, but is he too late to save both his old companion and Earth itself? As the strands of a clever and careful plan draw together, the two friends are separated across different time zones and must fight to save each other. For one, there's a terrible price to pay.

The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith part one will be broadcast on Thursday the 29th of October, and the second part of the story will be broadcast the following day, both on BBC One and BBC HD. What are your thoughts on these synopses?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Doctor Who DVD Files #20

The twentieth issue of The Doctor Who DVD Files was released today, and is now on sale at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland. This issue comes with a free binder and episode eleven and twelve of Doctor Who series three; Utopia, and The Sound of Drums, on DVD. The magazine includes episode guides for both episodes included on the DVD, and takes a look at the Supreme Dalek, The Master's laser screwdriver, Chantho, Captain Jack Harkness, and how Neill Gorton adds age to Doctor Who characters using prosthetics. The next issue of the magazine, issue 21, will be released in two weeks time, and will come with the final series three episode, Last of the Timelords, and the 2007 Christmas special; Voyage of the Damned, on DVD, and will include episode guides for both stories. The Doctor Who DVD Files issue twenty is on sale at all good newsagents now, being sold for the price of £6.99.

Blue Peter Launch Doctor Who Competition

Today, the popular children's entertainment show, Blue Peter, launched a new Doctor Who competition, giving viewers a chance to design a new interior for The Doctor's TARDIS. The entries will be judged by Matt Smith, who will star as The Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who series five, and the winning design will appear in an upcoming episode of the series. As well as meeting Matt Smith and seeing their design on television, the winner of the competition will be allowed to visit the sets of Doctor Who in Cardiff, and spend the day with the cast and crew. The closing date for entries is Monday the 2nd of November, and more details regarding the competition can be found by clicking here at the BBC's official Blue Peter website.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New Doctor Who Logo Revealed

The BBC have now updated their official Doctor Who website with the first picture of the new Doctor Who logo, an image which will represent Doctor Who throughout it's fifth series and beyond. Since 1963, there have been ten different Doctor Who logos, each appearing in the show's title sequence and on Doctor Who merchandise. The new logo can be seen below:

The BBC yesterday stated that the new Doctor Who logo would be "“an emblem of excitement, humour, scary monsters, brave companions and the Doctor!” and “stylish, fresh, distinctive and bold”. A video that the BBC released, featuring every Doctor Who logo since the show began, can be seen by clicking here, on the official Doctor Who website. What do you think of the new Doctor Who logo?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Doctor Who Magazine #414 Cover

The cover for issue 414 of Doctor Who Magazine was revealed on Doctor Who Magazine's official Facebook group today, and can now be seen above. This issue of the magazine will preview the third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and will come with four packs of Doctor Who: Alien Armies cards, including one card that is exclusive to Doctor Who Magazine. The magazine will include all of it's regulars, including Production Notes, a brad new comic strip, and interviews, and gives readers the chance to win a replica of The Doctor's sonic screwdriver and the second series of The Sarah Jane Jane Adventures DVD box set. Issue 414 of Doctor Who Magazine will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on Thursday the fifteenth of October, being sold for £3.99.

The Widow's Curse Graphic Novel Cover

The cover for the next Doctor Who graphic novel, The Widow's Curse, was recently revealed, and can be seen to the left. The book includes a selection of comic strips from the pages of Doctor Who Magazine and the 2010 edition of the Doctor Who Storybook, featuring The Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones, and Donna Noble. The official synopsis for the upcoming graphic novel can be read below:

In this second volume of comic strips collecting the Tenth Doctor's complete adventures from the pages of Doctor Who Magazine and the Doctor Who Storybook, the famous Time Lord meet some gigantic monsters with Martha Jones, fights Zombies and Sycorax with Donna Noble and battles sinister Skith in the freezing wastes of the Antarctic! Original colour strips digitally mastered and collected in graphic novel form for the first time ever.

Doctor Who: The Widow's Curse will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on Wednesday the 8th of September, and will be sold at a regular retail price of £15.99. Will you be buying this book when it is released later this week?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Prisoner of the Judoon Promotional Pictures

Promotional pictures from the first story of The Sarah Jane Adventure's third series, Prisoner of the Judoon, have now been released online. The new pictures feature Sarah Jane Smith, Rani Chandra, Luke Smith, a Judoon captain, and Androvax. Five of the promotional pictures can be seen below, but please be aware that the final one does include a potential spoiler:





The synopses for part one and two of Prisoner of the Judoon can be found by clicking here, and a recently released thirty-second long trailer for the episode can be found by clicking here, both in older posts. The first part of this story will be broadcast on Thursday the fifteenth of October, and the second part will be broadcast the following day, on BBC1. What do you think of these new pictures?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Third Doctor and Giant Maggots Figure Set

Forbidden Planet have now revealed pictures of their upcoming exclusive Third Doctor action figure set. This is Forbidden Planet's third exclusive Third Doctor figure set, and will come with three giant maggot figures from the 1973 story, The Green Death, a Third Doctor action figure, and a sonic screwdriver accessory. An image of the figure set, created by me, can be seen above, and the official synopsis for The Green Death can be read below:

UNIT is called in after a miner from the Welsh village of Llanfairfach is found dead, his skin glowing bright green. Jo joins forces with a local environmental group, led by Professor Clifford Jones, while the Doctor investigates the nearby plant of a company called Global Chemicals.

They discover that the mine workings are full of giant maggots and green slime - both lethal to touch - that have been produced by chemical waste pumped from the Global plant.

The Third Doctor and Giant Maggots action figure set will be released exclusively at Forbidden Planet stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland on Monday the Nineteenth of October, and will be sold for the price of £24.99. Will you be purchasing this new Doctor Who figure set when it is released later this month?

Park Entertainment Reveal New K9 Trailer

Park Entertainment have now updated their official website with another trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who spin-off series, K9. The trailer runs for approximately two minutes and fifty seconds, and includes new clips of K9, Starkey, Jorjie, Darius, London, a giant snake-like creature, and much more. The new K9 series trailer can also be seen below:

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K9 stars John Leeson, Keegan Joyce, Philippa Coulthard and Daniel Webber, and is expected to be broadcast at some point next year on Network Ten across Australia, and on the Disney XD channel across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Doctor Who Series 1 - 4 Box Set Updated Cover

2Entertain have now revealed an updated cover for the Doctor Who series one to four box set. The box set features most new series Doctor Who episodes broadcast to date, including the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Christmas specials, but does not include The Next Doctor or Planet of the Dead. The special DVD set will also include all of the special features that were released in the single Doctor Who series box sets and trimmed down episodes of Doctor Who Confidential series one, two, three and four. The Doctor Who series one to four box set will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the 26th of October, and will be sold at the regular retail price of £89.99. Will you be buying this box set?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Mad Woman in the Attic Synopses

The BBC Press Office has now revealed the synopses for The Mad Woman in the Attic, the third and fourth episodes from The Sarah Jane Adventures series three. The episodes see Rani Chandra, as played by Anjili Mohindra, encounter an alien creature called Eve, and discover her future life devastated. The synopses for both episodes of the story can be read below:

Part One
Rani investigates strange rumours about a demon living in a funfair at the seaside. What she finds there, however, is far more alarming than that and she makes a decision that affects not only her future, but also the futures of all those she cares about...

Far in the future, in 2059, an old Rani remembers the day when her whole life went wrong. As her younger self investigates mysterious disappearances at an abandoned funfair, she sets into motion a chain of events which unleash the terrible powers of the alien Eve.


Part Two
Alien Eve's powers grow out of control, with everyone caught in her sinister and endless games. As the echoes of an ancient war threaten the modern world, the danger extends all the way to the year 2059. If Rani fails to change her own destiny, then everyone is doomed.

The first part of The Mad Woman in the Attic will be broadcast on Thursday the 22nd of October, and the second part of the story will be aired the following day, both episodes being shown at 4.35pm during the CBBC slot on BBC One. A reminder for these and every future The Sarah Jane Adventures episode will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, on the dates of their upcoming broadcasts.

Sarah Jane Adventures Promotional Pictures

The BBC have now revealed six new promotional pictures from the The Sarah Jane Adventures series three. They feature the show's cast; Sarah Jane Smith as played by Elisabeth Sladen, Clyde Langer as played by Daniel Anthony, Luke Smith as played by Thomas Knight, and Rani Chandra as played by Anjili Mohindra. All six of the new pictures can be seen below:




The third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures will begin broadcast in two weeks time, on Thursday the 15th of October, and the latest news, pictures and much more regarding the series, will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when available. What do you think of these new The Sarah Jane Adventures pictures?