Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Tenth Doctor's Last Adventures in HD

With David Tennant's final episode of Doctor Who as The Tenth Doctor being broadcast for the first time tomorrow, BBC HD will be hosting an afternoon of his last Doctor Who adventures in high definition. The afternoon of entertainment will begin at 1.40pm with the Sarah Jane Adventures two-parter, The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, seeing the Doctor battle the Trickster. That will be followed by Planet of Dead at 2.35pm, guest starring Michelle Ryan as the Lady Christina De Souza, and then by it's accompanying episode of Doctor Who Confidential; Desert Storm. Then, the second Doctor Who special, The Waters of Mars, guest starring Lindsay Duncan as Adelaide Brook, will be shown at 4.35pm, with the third special, The End of Time part one, guest starring Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott, after at 5.40pm. This will all lead into the first transmission of The End of Time part two at 6.40pm, marking the end of The Tenth Doctor's adventures, also on BBC One.

Sarah Jane Adventures Series Four Confirmed

Yesterday, Russell T Davies, outgoing lead writer of Doctor Who, was interviewed on Who on Who?, a special one-off Doctor Who radio show on BBC Radio Two. Russell confirmed that the Doctor Who spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, will be returning for a fourth series at some point during 2010. Unfortunately, he did not reveal if Elisabeth Sladen, Thomas Knight, Anjili Mohindra, or Daniel Anthony, will be returning for the series, or if any regular writers or monsters will be coming back. More details regarding the fourth series will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when they are made available. What are your thoughts on this?

The End of Time Part One Appreciation Index

BARB, the Broadcasters Audience Research Board, recently made the Appreciation Index available for the third Doctor Who special of the year, The End of Time part one. The special which was broadcast for the first time on BBC One on Christmas Day received an appreciation index of 87, the second highest appreciation index of the day, beaten by ITV One's transmission of Gladiators which was given an AI of 89. The final ratings for The End of Time part one will be released by the Broadcasters Audience Research Board shortly and will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, as soon as they are revealed. What are your thoughts on this?

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Thirty-One

With today being the last day of 2009 and tomorrow being the first day of 2010, the BBC have updated their online Doctor Who Advent calendar, available exclusively on the official Doctor Who website, with it's thirty-first door. Inside today's door is a bumper quiz consisting of twenty-five questions, based around Planet of the Dead, The Waters of Mars, The End of Time part one, and the Doctor Who animation, Dreamland. The quiz can be taken by clicking here inside door number thirty-one on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar. How did you score in this?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The End of Time Extended Next Time Trailer

Doctor Who: The End of Time part one received it's first American broadcast on Boxing Day, a day after it's first U.K transmission. BBC America's showing of the episode was, like the BBC One showing, followed by a trailer for The End of Time part two, but this time featuring many brand new clips. The extended trailer for the The End of Time part two can be seen below:

video

The End of Time part two will be broadcast in the United Kingdom on New Year's Day on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel, and will be transmitted in America on the following day, January the second, on BBC America. What do you think of BBC America's extended next time trailer for the second part of The End of Time?

BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Thirty

With New Year's Day 2010 and the second part of The End of Time now only two days away, the BBC today updated their online Doctor Who Advent calendar, available exclusively on the official Doctor Who website, with it's thirtieth door. Today's door opens to reveal three Happy New Year cards, featuring The Doctor, Wilfred Mott, and The Master, that can be downloaded and printed out to give to family and friends. The cards can be downloaded from the thirtieth door on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar by clicking here. The thirty-first door on the calendar will be available to open from tomorrow, and some details regarding that will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, shortly after the door is made openable. What are your thoughts on today's Advent calendar surprise?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The End of Time Action Figures Confirmed

It has been confirmed in an advert featured in the latest issue of the Radio Times that a new wave of Doctor Who action figures have been produced by Character Options. The new wave of figures will consist of four characters from The End of Time; The Tenth Doctor, The Master, and two others that have not yet been revealed. The advert inside the magazine features a picture of The Doctor and The Master figures, both of which are new sculpts, but a clear picture of this advert has not yet appeared online. Pictures of the figures are expected to appear on various online retailers soon, and the pictures, along with more information, will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when they are available. The End of Time action figures are expected to be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland at some point in early 2010, being sold at a regular retail price of £8.99.

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Twenty-Nine

With the new year and the second part of The End of Time only three days away, the BBC today updated their online Doctor Who Advent calendar, available exclusively on the official Doctor Who website, with it's twenty-ninth door. Today's door contains two brand new desktop wallpapers of The Tenth Doctor from The End of Time part two, coming in three different sizes to suit various computer screens. Both new desktop wallpapers are available to download from the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar by clicking here if inside the United Kingdom. Door number thirty on the calendar will be available to open from tomorrow onwards, and some details regarding it will be posted here shortly after the door is made openable.

Monday, December 28, 2009

The End of Time Part Two Radio Trailer

Another new trailer for the next Doctor Who special, The End of Time part two, has been released by the BBC. The trailer, running for approximately thirty-seven seconds, is audio only, and is now being broadcast on various BBC radio stations across the United Kingdom. The brand new audio trailer, featuring many new audio clips, can also be listened to in the video below:

video

More trailers for The End of Time part two, along with a preview clip for the episode, can be found by clicking here in a recent post. The End of Time part two will be broadcast across the United Kingdom and Ireland on New Year's Day at 6.40pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD Channel, and more regarding the upcoming special episode will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when it is available. What are your thoughts on this brand new trailer for The End of Time?

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Twenty-Eight

With the new year now only a few days away, the BBC today updated their online Doctor Who Advent calendar, available exclusively on the official Doctor Who website, with it's twenty-eighth door. Inside today's door is a brand new installment of 'The Big Questions', a recurring and popular feature on the website firing questions at Doctor Who cast members. This time it is the turn of John Simm, the actor who is well known for his many roles in television, including portraying The Master in the Doctor Who series three episodes, Utopia, The Sound of Drums, and Last of the Timelords, and the recently broadcast Doctor Who special, The End of Time part one. The Big Questions with John Simm can be watched by clicking here inside door number twenty eighth on the official BBC Doctor Who website's Advent calendar. John Simm will be starring in the fourth and final Doctor Who '2009 special', The End of Time part two, which will be transmitted on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel on New Year's Day, Friday the first of January 2010.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Twenty-Seven

The BBC today opened door number twenty-seven on their online Doctor Who Advent calendar, available exclusively on the official Doctor Who website. The calendar was originally intended to run until Christmas Day, but it was recently confirmed that it would run until New Year's Day to count down to David Tennant's final episode as The Doctor, The End of Time part two. Inside today's door is a video featuring Bernard Cribbins, who features in both parts of The End of Time, singing a festive song. The video can be seen inside the twenty-seventh door on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar by clicking here. Door number twenty-eighth, featuring another festive surprise, will be made available to open from tomorrow, and some details regarding that will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when the door is openable. What do you think of this Advent surprise?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The End of Time Part Two Trailers and Clip

Last night saw the first ever transmission of The End of Time part one, the long anticipated Doctor Who special starring David Tennant as The Doctor, Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott, and John Simm as The Master. When broadcast on BBC One, the episode received ten million viewers, according to BARB, but it should be noted that these ratings are not final and that the correct ratings will be released shortly. The special was followed by the next time trailer for The End of Time part two, featuring many new clips from the episode, including one of The Doctor wielding Wilfred's pistol. The brand new trailer can be seen below:

video

As last night's Doctor Who episode revealed, the Time Lords will be returning for David Tennant's final adventure as The Tenth Doctor, which will see him regenerate into his eleventh incarnation, played by Matt Smith. Another trailer for the episode is currently airing on various BBC owned television channels, running for approximately forty seconds, and again, featuring many new clips.

video

The episode is also the last of Russell T Davies, who bought Doctor Who back to our television screens and has been lead writer of the show since 2005. The official Doctor Who website was updated earlier today with the first preview clip from The End of Time part two, featuring the lord president of the Time Lords on what is thought to be the final day of The Time War, the great struggle between the Time Lords and the Daleks. The new preview clip can also be seen below:

video

Doctor Who: The End of Time part two will be broadcast on Friday the first of January 2010, at 6.40pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel. As with all Doctor Who episodes, The Gallifrey Vortex will be providing coverage for The End of Time part two, with the latest news, trailers, previews, pictures, and more, being posted as soon as it is available. Are you looking forward to this episode?

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Twenty-Five/Six

Yesterday, the BBC updated their online Doctor Who Advent calendar, only available on the official Doctor Who website, with it's twenty-fifth door. Inside the door is an extract from commentary of The End of Time part one, which received it's first broadcast across the United Kingdom last night. The commentary features Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer Russell T Davies, and Doctor Who executive producer Julie Gardner. The twenty-sixth door on the calendar was made openable on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar today, featuring a printable mask of The Master, as portrayed by John Simm in last night's episode. The commentary can be found by clicking here, and the mask can be found by clicking here, inside the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth doors on the online Doctor Who Advent calendar. What do you think of both of these Advent calendar surprises?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas From The Gallifrey Vortex!

Christmas Day has finally arrived, meaning that Doctor Who: The End of Time part one will be broadcast for the first time tonight across the United Kingdom. The penultimate Doctor Who special stars David Tennant as The Doctor, Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott, and John Simm as The Doctor's reborn nemesis, The Master. Both The Doctor and The Master are desperate to escape death, so much so that they battle to the mysterious Immortality Gate as the Ood's prophecy begins to come true. The hour long festive episode will be broadcast at 6.00pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel, and will be followed by it's accompanying episode of Doctor Who Confidential, Lords and Masters, on BBC Three. I wish every visitor of The Gallifrey Vortex from across the world a very merry Christmas, and hope that you enjoy today and The End of Time part one.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Twenty-Four

Today is Christmas Eve, and with now only a few hours left until Christmas Day is here, the BBC have added the twenty-fourth door to their online Doctor Who Advent calendar, only available on the official Doctor Who website. Inside today's door is a brand new and exclusive video, based upon the Weeping Angels who appeared in the tenth episode of Doctor Who series three, Blink, and who will later appear in an episode of the show's fifth series which will begin in Spring 2010. The video runs for approximately three minutes and ten seconds, and features the voice of John Barrowman, well known for his role as Captain Jack Harkness in both Doctor Who, and it's adult spin-off series, Torchwood. The video can be found exclusively inside door number twenty-four on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar by clicking here. The twenty-fifth door on the calendar will be openable from tomorrow, and some details regarding that will be posted here when the door is active. What do you think of today's Advent calendar surprise?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Doctor Who Confidential: Alons-y! Details

The BBC Press Office recently released the official synopses for Allons-y!, a brand new episode of Doctor Who Confidential. This episode of Doctor Who Confidential will accompany the transmission of The End of Time part two and will feature interviews with the cast including David Tennant and Bernard Cribbins. The official synopsis for Allons-y! can be read below:

Doctor Who Confidential gets up close and personal with David Tennant as he contemplates his last days as the Doctor. On set for his final episode, his final scenes, his final words, the tenth Doctor's time has come to an end and Confidential is there to follow him every step of the way.

Witnessing
everything from his final showdown, his poignant goodbyes and, of course, his regeneration, this intimate account of TV history pulls out all the stops for the ultimate Doctor Who finale.

Doctor Who: The End of Time part two will be broadcast across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the first of January 2010 at 6.45pm on BBC One, with it's accompanying episode of Doctor Who Confidential following at 7.55pm on BBC Three. Will you be watching this episode when it debuts early next month?

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Twenty-Three

With now only two days until Christmas arrives, the BBC today opened door number twenty-three on their online Doctor Who Advent calendar, available exclusively on the official Doctor Who website. Inside today's door is the second part of a brand new Doctor Who story which saw it's first part released last week, entitled The Doctor on My Shoulder. Part one of the story, written by Daniel Roth, can be read inside the seventeenth door on the online Doctor Who Advent calendar by clicking here, whereas part two can be read inside the twenty-third door by clicking here. Tomorrow, the twenty-fourth of December, is Christmas Eve, meaning that door number twenty-four on the Advent calendar will be opened, and details regarding that will be posted here shortly after the new door is made openable.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Twenty-Two

With now three days until Christmas, the BBC today made the twenty-second door on their online Doctor Who Advent calendar, only available on the official Doctor Who website, available to open. WhoSpy, an exclusive feature on the website, returns inside today's door, for a new installment including fifteen brand new pictures. The latest installment of WhoSpy can be read inside door number twenty-two on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar by clicking here. The twenty-third door on the calendar will be made available to open from tomorrow onwards, and some details regarding that will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, shortly after it is activated. What are your thoughts on today's Advent surprise?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Twenty-One

With only four days until Christmas, the BBC today opened the twenty-first door on their online Doctor Who Advent calendar, only available on the official Doctor Who website. Inside today's door is a video featuring David Tennant, who as fans known portrays The Doctor in Doctor Who, Russell T Davies, the lead writer and executive producer of the series, and Julie Gardener, executive producer of the show, talking about their idea of a perfect Christmas Day. The video runs for approximately one minute and forty seconds and can be seen inside the twentieth door inside the online Advent calendar by clicking here. Door number twenty-two on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar will be made available to open at some point tomorrow, and some details regarding the content of it will be posted here shortly after the door is openable. What are your thoughts on this?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The End of Time Part One Television Trailer

A brand new trailer for the third Doctor Who special, The End of Time part one, is currently being shown on various BBC channels inside the United Kingdom. The trailer for the festive special runs for approximately forty seconds and includes new clips of The Doctor, The Master, the Ood, and much more. As well as being available elsewhere, the trailer can be seen below:

video

Doctor Who: The End of Time part one will be broadcast on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel on Christmas Day at 6.00pm, and will conclude in it's second part on New Year's Day at 6.45pm. The special episode will see John Simm reprise his role as The Master, after his last appearence in the Doctor Who series three finale. What do you think on this brand new The End of Time trailer?

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Twenty

With now only five days until Christmas, the BBC's official Doctor Who website was today updated with the twentieth door in it's exclusive online Advent calendar. Inside today's door is a selection of old and newly invented Doctor Who themed jokes by the Doctor Who website team and by visitors of the website. All of the jokes can be read inside door number twenty on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar by clicking here, which will be updated with it's twenty-first door at some point tomorrow, and some details regarding that will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, shortly after the Advent door is made available to open.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Nineteen

With now only six days until Christmas, the BBC's official Doctor Who website was today updated with the nineteenth door on it's exclusive online Advent calendar. Inside today's door is ten cards, featuring images of the ten incarnations of The Doctor, which can be downloaded and printed to be used as Christmas cards, or to play a brand new game, entitled 'Partners in Time'. The cards and instructions for the game can be found by clicking here inside the nineteenth door on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar. The twentieth door, including a new surprise, will be made openable at some point tomorrow, and some details regarding the door's content will be posted when the new door can be opened.

Doctor Who Adventures #146

BBC Magazines recently sent us the cover and press release for issue one-hundred-and-forty-six of Doctor Who Adventures magazine which went on sale on Thursday. The latest issue of the popular children's magazine is a bumper Christmas special, coming with an exclusive calendar for next year, two bookmarks, three postcards, some stickers, and a mask. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and the press release for it can be read below:

Monster Christmas Pack! This issue of Doctor Who Adventures comes with eight fantastic gifts – a 2010 calendar, two bookmarks, a hologram sticker sheet, three postcards and a scary mask of the Master.

Inside, Doctor Who Adventures reveals the Top 10 Christmas moments, there’s a preview of The End of Time, the Tenth Doctor’s final adventure, and an exclusive look at how the Doctor Who crew created a winter wonderland in the middle of July.

This week readers can claim five free Doctor Who magazine files. They can also enter an extra-special competition to win a Doctor Who bedroom.

Plus readers can have a very merry Christmas with the big Christmas quiz and a festive comic strip. All this, and…

• Five fantastic posters
• This week’s Doctor’s Data is all about Davros
• Subscription offer – subscribe today and save 30% plus get two free DVDs

Issue 146 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is out Thursday 17 December, price £2.99


The 146th of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is available to buy at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland, being sold at the bumper Christmas issue price of £2.99. The next issue of the magazine, issue 147, coming with a free dress-up gift, will be released on Wednesday the thirtieth of December, and more details regarding that issue will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, shortly after it goes on sale. Will you be purchasing this issue?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Doctor Who Classic Series Figures Wave Two

Character Options have now unveiled the first images of their long awaited second wave of Doctor Who classic series action figures. The new wave of articulated action figures consists of (from left to right in the above picture), the Morbius creature from 1976's The Brain of Morbius, an Ice Warrior from 1967's The Ice Warriors, a Cyberman from 1982's Earth Shock, The Master from 1976's The Deadly Assassin, a Mummy robot from 1975's The Pyramids of Mars, and a green variant of a Voc robot from 1977's The Robots of Death. The first wave of classic series Doctor Who action figures were released last year and are still available to buy at various toy retailers along with two classic series Dalek sets, Forbidden Planet exclusive figures, and a Fourth Doctor figure set, including the green Voc robot and Mummy robot which will be released separately in the second wave. The second wave of classic series Doctor Who action figures are expected to be released at some point in January 2010 at an unconfirmed price.

Torchwood Magazine #19

The nineteenth issue of Torchwood Magazine was released across the United Kingdom and Ireland yesterday, and is now on sale at the usual price of £4.99. This issue's main feature is an exclusive in-depth interview with Eve Myles, well known for her role as Gwen Cooper in the television series. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and some information from the Titan website regarding it can be read below:

Really big gun!
Eve Myles is the cover star of the latest issue of Torchwood magazine, posing with a huge and pretty scary-looking gun. A bumper interview with the much-loved actress is one of the latest issue’s many highlights – check out this page for the full lowdown on what’s inside!

The results are in!
Never mind the government’s dodgy dealings with the 456, Torchwood magazine presents real democracy in action! Hundreds of you voted in our Children of Earth survey in issue #17, and since then we’ve been busy reading your opinions and collating your votes. The results are now in – all is revealed in the latest issue!

New Torchwood Stories!
Torchwood magazine expands the fictional dimension of the hit BBC show in each and every issue. This time around, we present the thrilling finale to our comic strip adventure ‘Broken’, by Gary Russell and Adrian Salmon, and two new short stories! Ianto’s all at sea in ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’, by Kate Orman with art by Mike Dowling, while Trevor Baxendale brings us ‘They Keep Killing Andy’, with art by Ben Willsher.

The Hub
All the latest Torchwood news, including a look to the future from Russell T Davies.

2009 Review
We take a look back over the 12 months that shook Torchwood!

Concept Corner
Early concepts for the 456, as designed by Millennium FX.

Boom Town
Danny Hargreaves from special effects team Any Effects on blowing up the Bay.

Children of Earth: Day by Day
The third and final part of archivist Andrew Pixley’s definitive guide to the show.

Episode Guide
Combat – A look back at a brave and brutal classic episode.

Close Call
Tom Price – PC Andy answers your questions.


The nineteenth issue of the official Torchwood magazine is available to buy at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, being sold at the price of £4.99. Will you be purchasing a copy of the latest Torchwood magazine?

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Eighteen

With seven days remaining until Christmas, the official Doctor Who website was today updated with the eighteenth door on it's annual exclusive online Advent calendar. Inside today's door is an audio extract from 'Who on Who?', an upcoming radio interview with both Russell T Davies, the current lead writer for Doctor Who who will depart from the series next year, and David Tennant, best known for portraying The Tenth Doctor in the show. The preview of the interview can be listened to by clicking here inside today's door on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar, and the interview itself will be broadcast on BBC Radio Two on Tuesday the 29th of December at 5.00pm. The nineteenth door on the calendar will be made openable tomorrow, and details regarding it will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, after the new door is available to open. What are your thoughts on this?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Doctor Who Confidential: Lords and Masters

The BBC recently revealed that Doctor Who Confidential will return on Christmas day to accompany the broadcast of The End of Time part one. The show's Christmas episode is called Lords and Masters, and features interviews with many cast members, among them David Tennant, Bernard Cribbins, and John Simm. The new synopsis for the episode can be read below:

Doctor Who Confidential goes behind the scenes for the tenth Doctor's penultimate episode. It's the beginning of the end for the Doctor, and the cast and crew go on an action-packed journey towards the final showdown.

With stunts more ambitious than ever and interviews with all the key players, Confidential gives an up close and personal account of the most thrilling two-part finale a viewer could wish for.


Doctor Who Confidential: Lords and Masters will be broadcast on BBC Three on Christmas Day after the airing of The End of Time part one which begins at 6pm on BBC One. A reminder for this episode of Doctor Who confidential, and for the episode of Doctor Who it will be accompanying, The End of Time part one, will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, on the date of their United Kingdom debut.

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Seventeen

With now only eighth days until Christmas, the BBC's official website for Doctor Who was today updated with the seventeenth door on their Advent calendar. Inside today's door is the first part of a Doctor Who story, written exclusively for the official Doctor Who website by Daniel Roth, entitled The Doctor on My Shoulder. The first part of the story can be read by clicking here inside the seventeenth door on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar, and the second part will be available to read inside one of the doors which will be made openable in a few days time. The eighteenth door on the calendar will be openable at some point tomorrow, and some details regarding its content will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when it is active. What do you think of today's Advent surprise?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Weeping Angels in Doctor Who Series Five

Steven Moffat, the man who will be taking over from Russell T Davies as the lead writer of Doctor Who next year, appeared on the BBC Radio Three show 'Night Waves' last night. On the show, Steven revealed that the Weeping Angels who were introduced and were last seen in the tenth episode of Doctor Who series three, Blink, will be returning in the fifth series of Doctor Who. The creatures who send their victims into the past and feed off the days they would have had were voted the scariest monsters in Doctor Who in a poll conducted by Doctor Who Adventures. With no more details given, it is currently unknown what episode the creatures will be appearing in, but details regarding their next appearance will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when it is made available. The fifth series of Doctor Who sees Matt Smith take on the role of The Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan take on the role as his companion, Amy Pond, and will be transmitted in Spring 2010.

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Sixteen

With now only nine days until Christmas, the official Doctor Who website was today updated with the sixteenth door on their online Advent calendar. Inside today's door is a series of seven videos, celebrating Doctor Who, taking a look at many things such as The Tenth Doctor and the TARDIS, and including contributions from executive producers Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner. All seven videos can be seen by clicking here at the Advent calendar on the official Doctor Who website. The seventeenth door on the Advent calendar will be openable from tomorrow onwards, and some details regarding that will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, after the new door is available to open. What are your thoughts on this?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Fifteen

With now ten days until Christmas, the fifteenth door on the online Doctor Who Advent calendar, only available on the BBC's official Doctor Who website, was today made openable. Inside today's door is a video of David Tennant and executive producers Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner giving festive greetings. Along with the video, the official Doctor Who website was also updated with a brand new section for The End of Time part one, featuring many new desktop wallpapers, the trailer for the episode shown at the end of The Waters of Mars, and much more. Today's door on the Doctor Who Advent calendar can be visited by clicking here. The sixteenth door on the calendar will be made available to open tomorrow, and some details concerning that will be posted here after the door is activated.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Fourteen

Today, the BBC's official Doctor Who website was updated with the fourteenth door on it's Advent calendar. Inside today's door is two downloadable computer and Apple Mac screensavers, the first of which featuring pictures of every incarnation of The Master, and the second featuring many images from the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, The End of Time part one. The screensavers can be downloaded inside the fourteenth door on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar by clicking here. The fifteenth door on the calendar will be available to open from tomorrow onwards, and some details regarding that will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, shortly after the new door is openable. What are your thoughts on today's online Doctor Who Advent calendar surprise?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Thirteen

The BBC's official website for Doctor Who was today updated with the thirteenth door on their online Advent calendar. Inside today's door is the first part of a video, running for approximately two minutes, in which Louise Paige talks about working as costume designer on Doctor Who, and working with Billie Piper and Alex Kingston. The first part of the video can be found inside door thirteen on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar by clicking here, and the second part is expected to be released inside one of the remaining doors. Door number fourteen on the calendar will be made openable at some time tomorrow, and details regarding the content inside the door will be posted here shortly after. In news related to this website, this is my 500th post on The Gallifrey Vortex, so I would like to thank everyone who has visited, commented on my posts, and generally supported it. What do you think of today's brand new Advent calendar surprise?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Twelve

With thirteen days until Christmas, the BBC's official website for Doctor Who was today updated with the twelfth door on their online Advent calendar. Inside today's door is a piece of unreleased music entitled 'The Wonder of Balloons' which was going to feature in last year's Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor, but never did. The music was composed by Murray Gold and can be seen inside today's door on the official Doctor Who website's online Advent calendar by clicking here. The thirteenth door on the calendar will be made openable tomorrow, and some details regarding that will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, shortly after the door is available to open. What are your thoughts on today's new surprise?

Doctor Who Magazine #416 Press Release

Issue four-hundred-and-sixteen of Doctor Who magazine was released on Thursday, and the official Facebook group for it has now been updated with the magazine's official press release. The December issue of Doctor Who Magazine previews The End of Time part one and part two, with exclusive interviews with David Tennant, John Simm, and Bernard Cribbins, who star as The Doctor, The Master, and Wilfred Mott in both episodes. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and the official press release for it can be read below:

Get ready for The End of Time... with Doctor Who Magazine #416!

David Tennant gives an exclusive, in-depth interview in the biggest ever Doctor Who Magazine about his last days as the Tenth Doctor, the forthcoming Christmas Special, The End of Time, and the reasons why he’s decided to leave his dream job...

“When the Doctor decides he’s the ‘Time Lord Victorious’ [at the end of The Waters of Mars], we’re making him quite unsympathetic,” considers David. More human, even? “Well, it’s making him more Time Lord, actually, when you consider how they turned out.”

When we see the Doctor behaving arrogantly, selfishly or uncontrollably, it’s then that he appears more fallible, and therefore more human? “The Time Lords were pretty fallible too,” David perseveres. “It’s hubris. It’s Greek. It needed that scale to tell the final story. It’s a tale of the gods, really... but gods who are fallible... and, I suppose, human...” Also....

As Time Goes By...
With just two weeks to go until this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Specials, get a tantalising taste of what’s in store, with our exclusive preview, and dozens of brand new photos from The End of Time!

Masterpiece!
He’s the Doctor’s most persistent Time Lord nemesis – the Master is back! John Simm explains why he couldn’t miss out on the Tenth Doctor’s final party in an exclusive interview!

Grandad, Grandad, Lovely!
The Doctor’s faithful friend Wilfred Mott enters the Tardis – and for Bernard Cribbins it’s his first trip into time and space for 43 years! Bernard looks back over his incredible career...

A Spaceman Came Travelling...
The Fact of Fiction turns back the clock to Christmas 2005, and the moment when we first met the Tenth Doctor – in The Christmas Invasion!

It's The Final Countdown!
Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies write his very last Production Notes – but what will be his all-important final word...?

Simply Red!
Majenta Pryce’s dark secrets are about to be revealed as the 10th Doctor begins his final comic strip adventure 'The Crimson Hand', by Dan McDaid with art from Martin Geraghty.

Those Were The Days, My Friend...
DWM looks back at 2009's most memorable Doctor Who moments in the Review of the Year!

Party Like It's 1999!
The Time Team relive the end of the twentieth century as they turn their attention to the Eighth Doctor’s only on-screen adventure, the 1996 TV Movie!

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!
Win all the latest DVDs, CDs, books and audios – including the Doctor Who Series 1-4 box set! – in our specially extended Christmas Competitions section!

Every Breath You Take...
The Watcher concludes his definitive guide to the Time Lord’s many incarnations by taking a close look at The Tenth Doctor...

So Many Questions...
... and the Watcher is also back, celebrating his own tenth anniversary, and to present his annual Fiendishly Festive Christmas Quiz!

Money - That's What I Want!
DWM catches up with the slimy Sil, aka Nabil Shaban and finds out what he thinks about Jonathan Ross, YouTube, weapons of mass destruction – and returning as Sil on audio!

Read All About It!
All the news that’s fit to print (and quite a bit that isn’t) can be found in the latest edition of the Space-Time Telegraph!

Plus! All the latest news, previews,
reviews... and a giant-sized, double-sided poster!

It’s the end of the world as we know it, but you’ll feel fine with DWM 416! 84 super-packed pages, out on Thursday 10 December priced £4.99!

Issue 416 of Doctor Who Magazine is currently on sale at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland, being sold at the bumper special price of £4.99. Doctor Who Magazine will return on January the seventh with the magazine's 417th issue, which will feature a brand new logo, look, and price (£4.20), for the all-new Doctor Who series five. Will you be buying a copy of this?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Doctor Who Adventures #145

BBC Magazines have now sent us the cover and some details for issue 145 of Doctor Who Adventures, which was released across the United Kingdom and Ireland today. This week's issue of the magazine comes with a Doctor Who dress-up set and takes a look at the Flood from The Waters of Mars, along with ten of the most grisly deaths from Doctor Who. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and the official press release for it can be read below:

Dalek Attack! In this week’s Doctor Who Adventures you’ll find a story guide about Journey’s End. As Davros and the Daleks plan to destroy the universe the Doctor needs some of his best friends to help him stop them.

Why do strange things keep happening to Donna and her family? Find out in this week’s fact file. Doctor Who Adventures also reveals ten of the most grisly goodbyes in Doctor Who. Look out for cyber shocks and the kiss of death! All this, plus…

• Free Doctor Who gift
• Read all about the tenth Doctor in this week’s Countdown to Change.
• Subscription offer – subscribe today and save a fantastic 30% plus get two free DVDs

Issue 145 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is out Thursday 10 December, price £2.10.


The one-hundred-and-forty-fifth issue of Doctor Who Adventures is currently on sale at good newsagents and supermarkets across the United Kingdom and Ireland, being sold at the usual price of £2.10. Will you be buying a copy of this?

BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Eleven

The BBC's official Doctor Who website was today updated with the eleventh door on their annual Doctor Who Advent calendar. Inside today's door is a video of David Tennant and the well known Scottish band, The Proclaimers, singing along to "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)". The festive musical video can be seen at the online Doctor Who Advent calendar at the official Doctor Who website by clicking here. The twelfth door on the calendar will be made available to open from tomorrow, and some details regarding the door will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when it is openable. What are your thoughts on today's new Doctor Who Advent surprise?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Ten

The tenth door was today opened on the BBC's official online Doctor Who Advent calendar. Inside is the second and final part of the Advent of Fear, a story written by Mark B. Oliver exclusively for the official Doctor Who website, like the first part of the story which was released on Sunday. Today's Advent calendar door, containing the second part of the new Doctor Who story, can be seen at the official Doctor Who website by clicking here, and the calendar's sixth door, containing the first part of the story, can be seen by clicking here. Door eleven will be openable from tomorrow, and details regarding it will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when available. What do you think of the second part of this new story?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Nine

In preparation for Christmas, the BBC's official website for Doctor Who was today updated with the ninth door on their Advent calendar. Inside today's door is a brand new quiz, consisting of twenty-five festive questions regarding Doctor Who episodes set during the Christmas period such as The Unquiet Dead, The Christmas Invasion, The Runaway Bride, Voyage of the Damned, and The Next Doctor. The quiz which is inside today's door on the official Doctor Who website's online Advent calendar can be found by clicking here. The tenth door on the calendar will be available to open from tomorrow onwards, and details concerning it will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when it is openable. What do you think of today's new surprise?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Eight

The BBC today opened the eighth door on their online Doctor Who Advent calendar, due to the fact that today is the eighth day of December. Inside today's door is a video interview with Phil Ford who recently wrote the second Doctor Who special, The Waters of Mars, and the animated Doctor Who adventure, Dreamland. In the short video interview, Phil Ford is asked what has happened to The Doctor's one-off companions from Dreamland, Cassie Rice, as voiced by Georgia Moffett, and Jimmy Stalkingwolf, as voiced by Tim Howar. The video interview can be found by clicking here inside today's door on the official Doctor Who website's Advent calendar. The ninth door, containing another brand new surprise, will be available to open exclusively online at the official Doctor Who website from tomorrow onwards. What do you think of today's new Advent calendar surprise?

Monday, December 7, 2009

BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Seven

The BBC today opened the seventh door on their online Doctor Who Advent calendar, due to the fact that today is December the seventh. Today's door opens to reveal eighth wallpapers for your computer from The End of Time part one, featuring The Doctor, The Master, Wilfred Mott, and two spiky green aliens. Two of the desktop wallpapers can be seen below:



All of the wallpapers are copyright to the BBC and can be found at the official Doctor Who website inside today's door on the Advent calendar by clicking here. The End of Time part one is set for broadcast on BBC One on Christmas Day, beginning at 6.00pm, with the second part airing on New Year's Day at 6.45pm.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Six

The BBC's official website for Doctor Who was today updated with the sixth 'door' on their Advent calendar, due to the fact that today is December the sixth. Inside today's door is the first part of a story written exclusively for the official Doctor Who website by Mark B. Oliver, entitled The Advent of Fear, which consists of four web pages of original fiction. The story inside today's 'door' on the Advent calendar can be read by clicking here. The seventh door on this year's Doctor Who Christmas countdown calendar will be available to open from tomorrow exclusively on the official Doctor Who website. What do you think of this exclusive new Doctor Who story?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Doctor Who Magazine #416 Cover

The official Doctor Who Magazine Facebook group has now revealed the cover for issue four-hundred-and-sixteen of Doctor Who Magazine, which is set to be released on Thursday. This issue of the magazine will include interviews with David Tennant, Bernard Cribbins, and John Simm, who will be portraying The Doctor, Wilfred Mott, and the Master, in The End of Time, the third and fourth Doctor Who specials which will be transmitted for the first time in the United Kingdom on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The magazine comes with an exclusive double-sided poster and also includes the first part of the final Tenth Doctor comic-strip and the final edition of Russell T Davies' Production Notes. Doctor Who Magazine issue 416 will be released at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland on Thursday the 10th of December priced £4.99.

BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Five

The BBC's official Doctor Who website was updated earlier today, with the fifth 'door' on it's Advent calendar, due to the fact that today is the fifth of December. Inside today's 'door' on the calendar is an exclusive preview of the next issue of Time Out magazine, which includes ten different covers, featuring every incarnation of The Doctor from 1963 to 2009, and including an exclusive interview with Russell T Davies. Time Out's editor, Mark Frith said, "We're all huge fans of the show and feel we've created a really special set of covers. We've had a lot of help from the BBC who opened up the Who archives to us. We're sure people are going to love it". Today's 'door' on the offical Doctor Who website's Advent calendar can be visited by clicking here. What do you think of today's new door?

Friday, December 4, 2009

BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Four

The BBC's official website for Doctor Who was today updated with the fourth 'door' of their new and exclusive annual Advent calendar. Today's 'door' on the calendar opens to four brand new Doctor Who themed Idents, which will be showed before various shows on BBC One across this year's festive period. Along with the Idents, today's surprise on the website also consists of a brand new desktop wallpaper, featuring the Doctor on top of the TARDIS being pulled along by Reindeer. The four Doctor Who Christmas Idents and the exclusive desktop wallpaper can be seen by clicking here on the official Doctor Who website. The fifth door on the Doctor Who Advent calendar, including a new surprise, will be opened tomorrow.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Doctor Who Adventures #144

BBC Magazines have now sent us the cover and details for issue 144 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine which was released across the United Kingdom and Ireland today. This week's issue of the magazine comes with some free and exclusive The Waters of Mars stickers, and takes a look at what is coming next for The Doctor. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and the official press release for it can be read below:

What now for the Doctor?

As the Tenth Doctor’s time draws to an end Doctor Who Adventures answers some important questions! Who will knock four times? What is the Gate? Where is the TARDIS going next? And why did the Doctor see Ood Sigma and how can the Master be alive again? All the secrets and clues are revealed in this week’s issue.

Check out Doctor Who Adventures magazine’s favourite bits from the latest series of The Sarah Jane Adventure. This action-packed Top 10 features K-9, Slitheen and the Doctor himself, but who will come top?
Readers can get a fantastic 50% off a selection of Doctor Who books in an exclusive offer.

All this, plus…

  • Look back at the history of the Doctor Who logo and see how they’ve changed
  • FREE Doctor Who gift and The Waters of Mars stickers
  • Find out about the Ninth Doctor
  • Subscription offer – subscribe today and save a fantastic 30% PLUS, get two FREE Doctor Who DVDs

Issue 144 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is out Thursday 3 December, price £2.10

Issue 144 of Doctor Who Adventures is currently on sale at most good newsagents across the United Kingdom at the price of £2.10. Will you buying a copy of this issue of Doctor Who Adventures magazine at some point this week?

BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Three

Earlier today, the BBC's official website for Doctor Who made the third 'door' on their Advent calendar available to open. Today's surprise in the Advent Calendar is a video going behind the scenes of the recent Doctor Who special episode, The Waters of Mars, to find out how Gadget, the robot of Bowie Base One, works. The video can be seen inside the third 'door' at the official Doctor Who website by clicking here, and the fourth 'door' on the Doctor Who Advent calendar will be available to see from tomorrow. What are your thoughts on this behind the scenes video?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The End of Time Broadcast Dates Confirmed

The BBC Press Office have now confirmed the dates of broadcast for the upcoming third and fourth Doctor Who specials, The End of Time. The first part of the story which will see the departure of David Tennant as The Tenth Doctor will be broadcast on Christmas Day, like previously rumoured, from 6.00pm until 7.00pm. The second part of The End of Time will be transmitted at 6.45pm until 7.55pm on New Year's Day 2010 despite the fact that the specials were up until now known as 2009 specials. Both Doctor Who specials will receive their transmissions on BBC One and on BBC HD, and more news regarding them will be posted here when it is available.