Sunday, January 31, 2010

Doctor Who Eleventh Doctor Novels Synopses

BBC Books have now revealed the official synopses for three new Doctor Who novels set to be released later this year. The books, Apollo 23 by Justin Richards, Night of the Humans by David Llewellyn, and The Forgotten Army by Brian Minchin, are the first to feature The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond. The official synopses for all three new novels can be read below:

Apollo 23 by Justin Richards
‘Houston – we have a problem.’ An astronaut in full spacesuit appears out of thin air in a busy shopping centre. Maybe it’s a publicity stunt. A photo shows an immaculately-dressed woman in her best shoes lying dead at the edge of a crater on the dark side of the moon – beside her beloved dog ‘Poochie’. Maybe it’s a hoax. But as the Doctor and Amy find out, these are just minor events in a sinister plan to take over every human being on earth. The plot centres on a secret military base on the moon – that’s where Amy and the TARDIS are. The Doctor is back on Earth, and without the TARDIS there’s no way he can get to the moon to save Amy and defeat the aliens. Or is there? The Doctor discovers one last great secret that could save humanity: Apollo 23.

Night of the Humans by David Llewellyn
‘This is the Gyre – the most hostile environment in the galaxy.’ 250,000 years’ worth of junk floating in deep space, home to the shipwrecked Sittuun, the carnivorous Sollogs, and worst of all – the Humans. The Doctor and Amy arrive on this terrifying world in the middle of an all-out frontier war between Sittuun and Humans, and the clock is already ticking. There’s a comet in the sky, and it’s on a collision course with the Gyre... When the Doctor is kidnapped, it’s up to Amy and “galaxy-famous swashbuckler” Dirk Slipstream to save the day. But who is Slipstream, exactly? And what is he really doing here?

The Forgotten Army by Brian Minchin
‘Let me tell you a story. Long ago, in the frozen Arctic wastes, an alien army landed. Only now, 10,000 years later, it isn’t a story. And the army is ready to attack.’ New York – one of the greatest cities on 21st century Earth. But what’s going on in the Museum? And is that really a Woolly Mammoth rampaging down Broadway? An ordinary day becomes a time of terror, as Ice Age creatures come back to life, and the Doctor and Amy meet a new and deadly enemy. The vicious Army of the Vykoid are armed to the teeth and determined to enslave the human race. Even though they’re only three inches high. With the Doctor kidnapped, and the Vykoid army swarming across Manhattan and sealing it from the world with a powerful alien forcefield, Amy has just 24 hours to find the Doctor and save the city. If she doesn’t, the people of Manhattan will be taken to work in the doomed asteroid mines of the Vykoid home planet. But as time starts to run out, who can she trust? And how far will she have to go to free New York from the Forgotten Army?

Apollo 23, Night of the Humans, and The Forgotten Army, will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland by BBC Books on the twenty-second of April, all being sold at a recommended retail price of £6.99. More details, along with the cover artwork for the books, will be posted here when they are made available.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Billie Piper On Doctor Who Movie Rumours

The rumours regarding a Doctor Who movie have returned again, after Billie Piper appeared on BBC Radio One on Thursday to promote the new series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. The actress who starred as Rose Tyler in the first, second and fourth series of Doctor Who, denied that she would be appearing in a movie, but commented that BBC Films wanted David Tennant to appear in the film, despite the fact that he no longer plays The Doctor in the television series. Rumours of a Doctor Who movie emerged last May, after it was revealed that a script had been written, but the possible movie has not yet gone into production. When speaking on BBC Radio One to Sara Cox, Billie Piper had this to say: “Well, I’ve heard that they’re doing it and that they want David to do it, but I think he’s slightly anxious that there’ll be big American producers on board and that they’ll try and hijack the whole thing and cast someone like Johnny Depp.” Although a script has not been written for the movie, it has not yet gone into production, meaning that it may not be produced. More details will be posted when they are made available.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Radio Times Doctor Who 2005-2010 Guide

Radio Times magazine are now beginning to release copies of their brand new Doctor Who book, taking a look at the history of Doctor Who since it's revival in 2005. The special book also celebrates David Tennant's role as The Tenth Doctor and features many new and unseen photographs, exclusive to the special guide. This highly detailed Doctor Who guide will not be available to purchase from any retailers, and can only be purchased by calling the Radio Times on their twenty-four hour order line. To order the book from the Radio Times, callers must dial 0844 543 9822, paying 5p per a minute on a BT landline, and pay the sum of £6.99, with no additional price for postage and packing. The Radio Times have asked The Gallifrey Vortex to create a review for the book, so an exclusive review will be available to read here soon. Will you be purchasing a copy of this?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Doctor Who Dead Air Audio CD

BBC Audio have now revealed the cover and synopses for the next Doctor Who audio CD, Dead Air. The story featuring The Tenth Doctor has been written written exclusively for audio CD by James Goss, and is read by David Tennant, the actor well known for his portrayal The Tenth Doctor in the television series. The audio's cover can be seen above, and the synopsis for it can be read below:

‘Hello, I’m the Doctor. And, if you can hear this, then one of us is going to die.’

At the bottom of the sea, in the wreck of a floating radio station, a lost recording has been discovered. After careful restoration, it is played for the first time – to reveal something incredible. It is the voice of the Doctor, broadcasting from Radio Bravo in 1966. He has travelled to Earth in search of the Hush – a terrible weapon that kills, silences and devours anything that makes noise – and has tracked it to a boat crewed by a team of pirate DJs. With the help of feisty Liverpudlian Layla and some groovy pop music, he must trap the Hush and destroy it – before it can escape and destroy the world…

Doctor Who: Dead Air will be released exclusively on audio CD across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the third of March, joining the previous audios: Pest Control, The Forever Trap, The Nemonite Invasion, The Rising Night, The Day of the Troll, and The Last Voyage, being sold at a recommended retail price of £8.99. Will you be purchasing a copy of this new audio CD when it goes on sale?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Digital Spy Interview With Billie Piper

Billie Piper, the British actress well known for her portrayal as Rose Tyler in Doctor Who, has spoken to Digital Spy in an exclusive interview on their website. In the interview, Billie is asked about her cameo appearance in the second part of The End of Time, and if she would return to reprise her role in Doctor Who in the future. Two interview extracts can be read below:

You returned in scenes for Tennant's final Doctor Who outing. How was that?
"It was weird because I didn't have a full script and I had to do it in three hours. It was after filming Secret Diary in the day and it was too short! I didn't know anything about the story. I wish I'd been there for the whole episode - but that would have been a bit tedious!"

Is there room for Rose to return at a later date?
"I think it's done now, isn't it? I think that ship has sailed. That old, wooden ship! I really loved doing it, but Doctor Who has moved on - it's different people, different crew, different production team and I can't keep going back. It's ridiculous! It's time to move on..."

The interview can be read in its entirety by clicking here at Digital Spy's official website. Billie Piper stars as the leading role in the third series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which begins on ITV Two tomorrow night, and will also be appearing in the upcoming BBC One drama, A Passionate Woman, which will be transmitted later this year. What are your thoughts on this brand new Billie Piper interview?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Doctor Who Series Five Jigsaw Puzzle

Ravensburger have now revealed an image of their upcoming Doctor Who series five jigsaw puzzle which is set to go on sale next month. The puzzle consists of sixty pieces and features The Eleventh Doctor, as portrayed by Matt Smith, his companion, Amy Pond, as portrayed by Karen Gillan, the TARDIS, and the Weeping Angels, who will be returning in an episode of the new series. The jigsaw puzzle measures 34 x 24cm and is aimed at children over the age of four. Ravensburger's Doctor Who series five jigsaw puzzle is set to be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the nineteenth of February, being sold at a recommended retail price of £5.99, making it the first official piece of Doctor Who series five merchandise to be released. Will you be purchasing this?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Doctor Who Chocolate Easter Eggs 2010

With the Christmas period now over, and Easter now a few months away, pictures of this year's Doctor Who Easter products have been revealed, and can be seen above. This year, a Doctor Who Davros mug containing a chocolate egg is set to go on sale, alongside a Davros tin consisting of three chocolate eggs and two packets of marsh mellows, and a TARDIS tin coming with a chocolate egg. All three Doctor Who Easter eggs will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland at some point before Easter Sunday, the mug at a recommended retail price of £4.99, the bucket being sold at £3.99, and the tin selling for £5.99. The Easter gifts can be preordered from Forbidden Planet by clicking here. Will you be purchasing these Easter eggs when they are released?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Stephen Fry Interested in Writing Doctor Who

Stephen Fry, the British actor, comedian, author, writer, television presenter, and film director who recently won two National Television Awards, has spoken to the media about Doctor Who. The Special Recognition award winner stated that he would be interested in writing an episode of the new series of Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor, having previously been asked in 2005 to write an episode for the show's second series. “I look forward so much to seeing Matt Smith and I’m sure he’s going to be wonderful,” he said. ”If I get time it’ll be a thrill, I can’t think of anything nicer.” The writers for the fifth series of Doctor Who have already been confirmed, although Stephen Fry could be asked to write for the show if a sixth series is commissioned. More details regarding this will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, as soon as they are made available.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Doctor Who Video Game Being Developed?

According to an article published on the MCV website, the BBC are planning to enter the video game industry, with Doctor Who among the many titles the company plans to release. Reportedly, the British Broadcasting Company will be working alongside game makers to produce games about Doctor Who and other shows such as Top Gear for Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, iPhone, and the Internet. A Doctor Who video game based around the popular Top Trumps card game was released for Windows computers, Playstation 2, and Nintendo DS in May 2008, and later for Nintendo Wii in December 2008, but no games have been released until now. More details regarding this apparent new Doctor Who video game will be posted here as soon as they are made available. What are your thoughts on this news?

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Space Museum and The Chase DVD

2Entertain have now revealed the cover for their upcoming Doctor Who classic series box set, featuring the stories; The Space Museum, and The Chase. Both of the stories featured in the three-disc set star were televised in 1965, and star William Hartnell as The First Doctor, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright, William Russell as Ian Chesterton, and Maureen O’Brien as Vicki, with Peter Purves being introduced as Steven Taylor in The Chase. The cover for the box set can be seen to the left, and the official synopses for both of the stories included can be read below:

The Space Museum
The TARDIS jumps a time track and the travellers arrive on the planet Xeros. There they discover their own future selves displayed as exhibits in a museum established as a monument to the Galactic conquests of the warlike Morok invaders who now rule the planet. When time shifts back to normal, they realise that they must do everything they can to try to avert this potential future.

The Chase
The travellers are forced to flee in the TARDIS when they learn from the Time/Space Visualiser taken from the Moroks’ museum that a group of Daleks equipped with their own time machine are on their trail with orders to exterminate

Doctor Who: The Space Museum and The Chase will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland in a DVD box set on the first of May, being sold at a recommended retail price of £29.99. Details regarding future classic series Doctor Who DVD releases will be posted here. Will you be buying a copy of this?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Doctor Who Adventures #150

BBC Magazines have now sent us the cover and details for the one-hundred-and-fifty issue of Doctor Who Adventures Magazine. To celebrate it's one-hundred-and-fiftieth issue, the magazine features one-hundred-and-fifty facts monster facts, and comes with some free Martian slime. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and it's official press release can be read below:

150 Monster Facts

To celebrate 150 issues, Doctor Who Adventures unearths 150 of the best facts about the most horrible creatures in the universe.

There are tonnes of facts about all the old favourites – everything from Daleks and Cybermen data to info about creatures seen in the last Doctor Who special.

There’s an amazing subscription offer – subscribe today and save a fantastic 30%, PLUS get a FREE Sarah Jane Adventures CD as a welcome gift.

The issue comes with the yuckiest and stickiest gift ever – Mars slime.

All this, and…

· Doctor vs Master photo story
· Three fantastic posters
· The chance to win Doctor Who goodies

Issue 150 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is out Thursday 21 January, price £2.10


The one-hundred-and-fiftieth issue of Doctor Who Adventures magazines is now on sale at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland, being sold at the price of £2.10. Will you be purchasing a copy of this magazine this week?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

National Television Awards 2009 Results

The fifteenth National Television Awards, celebrating the actors, actresses, and television series of 2009, was broadcast on ITV One earlier tonight. Doctor Who was nominated in the Best Drama category, alongside BBC One's hospital drama, Casualty, ITV One's police drama, The Bill, and Channel 4's adult drama, Shameless, but despite the challenging opposition, Doctor Who won the award for the fifth year running. David Tennant had been nominated in the Outstanding Drama Performance category for his portrayal in Doctor Who as The Tenth Doctor, facing opposition from David Jason, David Threlfall, and Philip Glenister, and won, making it a successful night for Doctor Who. A full list of winners can be found by clicking here at the National Television Awards website. What do you think of this news?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

FOX Developing American Torchwood Series

It has just been announced that the American broadcaster, FOX, are developing a U.S spin-off series of Torchwood with BBC Worldwide. Previous Doctor Who lead writer, Russell T Davies, and creator of the original Torchwood series, which was commissioned for a fourth series last year, will be writing a script for the U.S Torchwood's pilot which John Barrowman, who stars in the original Torchwood as Captain Jack Harkness, has been hinted to appear in. In addition to Russell T Davies, previous Doctor Who executive producer, Julie Gardener, and ex-controller of BBC One fiction, Jane Tranter, have been named as being part of the production team. It has also been revealed that the new series, following an American division of Torchwood, will have a more global storyline, rather then the original series' usual Cardiff setting. The series has not yet been commissioned by FOX, but more details regarding it will be posted here when they are made available.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sarah Jane Adventures Series Four Writers

The names of two writers who will be writing for the fourth series of The Sarah Jane Adventures have been revealed. The show's co-creator, Gareth Roberts, who has previously written Invasion of the Bane, Revenge of the Slitheen, Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?, Secrets of the Stars, The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith, and The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, will be writing a story consisting of two episodes, and an hour-long special, his agency has confirmed. Writer of series two story, The Mark of the Beserker, and the series three story, The Mad Woman in the Attic, will also be returning to the series, writing another new story consisting of two episodes. It is not yet known if Elisabeth Sladen, Anjili Mohindra, Thomas Knight, and Daniel Anthony will be reprising their roles for the series which is expected to be aired on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel at some point towards the end of the year, but news regarding it can be expected to be seen here shortly.

Sarah Jane Adventures Series Three On DVD

Various online retailers are now listing the third series of the hit children's Doctor Who spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, for a DVD release later this year. The box set will include every episode from the series which was broadcast on BBC One during Autumn in 2009; Prisoner of the Judoon, The Mad Woman in the Attic, The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, The Eternity Trap, Mona Lisa's Revenge, and The Gift. It has not been confirmed what interviews or other special features will be featured but more details will be posted when they are available. The Sarah Jane Adventures series three will be released on DVD across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the eighteenth of October, being sold at an unconfirmed recommended retail price. Will you be purchasing this DVD when it goes on sale?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Helen McCrory in Doctor Who Series Five

It has been confirmed that Helen McCrory, the English actress who is well known for her portrayal as Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, has been cast for a role in the fifth series of Doctor Who. The actress will be appearing as a vampire in one of the episodes, thought to be the sixth and rumoured to be entitled 'Vampires of Venice'. The episode, starring Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor, and Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, was written by Toby Whithouse, and was filmed partially in Trogir, Croatia, while other scenes were filmed in Cardiff, Wales. Doctor Who series five is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel in the Spring, and more details regarding Helen McCrory's role in one of the episodes will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when they are made available to us.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Upcoming Torchwood Audio Releases Update

Various online retailers are now listing several new audios, based around the popular adult Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood, for release later this year. Two new audio adventures have been confirmed, featuring the voices of John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, and Gareth David-Llyod as Ianto Jones, meaning that the new stories will be set before the events of Torchwood: Children of Earth. Both audios will be released on the sixth of May at a price unconfirmed at this time, but it has not yet been announced if they will receive a radio transmission. Set for release on the eighth of April at a recommended retail price of £39.99 is a CD box set consisting of the previously broadcast Torchwood radio plays; Lost Souls, Asylum, Golden Age, and The Dead Line, which guest star Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones, and Tom Price as PC Andy. The covers, alongside more details for the audios will be posted when available.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Doctor Who Dreamland Animation DVD

BBC DVD have now revealed the cover and some details for their upcoming DVD release of the Doctor Who animation, Dreamland. The six-part animation, featuring the voices of David Tennant as The Doctor and Georgia Moffett as Cassie Rice, was shown at first in Autumn 2009 on the official Doctor Who website and then on the BBC's Red Button service. The DVD's cover can be seen above, and the DVD's official synopsis for the new animation can be read below:

Stumbling across a mysterious alien artefact in a local diner, the Doctor is led to Area 51, also known as Dreamland, the US’ most secret base. He then finds himself on a momentous mission to rescue Rivesh Mantilax from the threat of the ruthless Viperox and the clutches of the American military.

Created in eye-catching high-definition 3-D animation, the series sees the Doctor, played by David Tennant, hook up with two new companions – Cassie (Georgia Moffett) and Jimmy (Tim Howar) – and pits him against a new alien race, the monstrous Viperox, led by Lord Azlok (David Warner).

Doctor Who: Dreamland will be released on DVD across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the second of February, being sold at a recommended retail price of £12.99. The DVD will also include Doctor Who: Greatest Moments, a series taking a look at some of the best Doctor Who scenes featuring The Doctor, his companions, and his enemies. Will you be buying this DVD when it goes on sale?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Doctor Who The End of Time Merchandise

More merchandise from the recently aired Doctor Who specials, The End of Time parts one and two, has been announced for release. The Time Squad action figures, initially released in early 2009, will be making a return for Character Options' brand new Doctor Who toy line-up, being sold in single packs, each coming with a part to build a brand new figure of The Master. The Tenth Doctor, Cyberman, Sontaran, Weeping Angel, Clockwork Droid, and Ood Time Squad figures will be re-released with parts of The Master for the new collect and build wave, all available for £1.99. Also set for release is a replica of The Doctor's Journal of Impossible Things, featuring a leather style cover and twenty-two blank and seventy-eight printed pages, and coming with a replica The Master's Gallifreyan ring. This replica set will be released alongside the Time Squad figures and new wave of highly detailed five-inch figures at the end of January, being sold at a recommended retail price of £9.99. Will you be purchasing these?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Russell Tovey On Torchwood Series Four

After Russell Tovey's reprisal as Midshipman Frame for a cameo in Doctor Who: The End of Time part two, many fans have began to speculate that he will have a starring role in the fourth series of Torchwood as a new team member. In response to the rumours, Russell Tovey talked to SFX magazine, and revealed what he thinks about a possible role in the Doctor Who spin-off series. The actor said: “I’ve no idea if I’ll be in Torchwood, although it’s something I’d be open to if they asked me. I didn’t really realise when I was filming it, but when it was on people suddenly were saying, ‘Oh you’re going to be the new Ianto,’ and I had no idea what that meant.” Russell Tovey previously appeared in 2007's Doctor Who Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned, and is now appearing in the second series of Being Human on BBC Three. More details regarding Russell Tovey's rumoured role in Torchwood will be posted on this website when they are made available.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Masque of Mandragora DVD

2Entertain have now revealed the cover for their upcoming DVD release of the Doctor Who classic series story, The Masque of Mandragora. The four-part story was first broadcast in 1976 and starred Tom Baker as The Fourth Doctor, and Elisabeth Sladen as his companion, Sarah Jane Smith. The cover of the DVD can be seen to the left, and the official synopsis for the story can be read below:

The TARDIS is temporarily captured by the Mandragora Helix, a spiral of energy with a controlling influence, at the centre of which the ship is infiltrated by a sparkling ball of energy.

The travellers then move on to the Dukedom of San Martino in Renaissance Italy, where the Doctor quickly realises that the Mandragora energy is loose. The energy enters an underground temple and reveals itself to the outlawed Brotherhood of Demnos, whose leader, the court astrologer Hieronymous, is instructed to make ready for Mandragora’s full appearance… there’s trouble ahead for the Doctor!

Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the eighth of February, being sold at a recommended retail price of £19.99. More details regarding classic series Doctor Who DVD releases will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when made available. Will you be buying a copy of The Masque of Mandragora when it is released on DVD?

Monday, January 11, 2010

The End of Time Action Figures Pictures

The first images of Character Options' brand new Doctor Who action figures wave, consisting of characters from The End of Time parts one and two, have now been revealed, and can be seen above. The brand new wave of Doctor Who action figures features a new sculpt Tenth Doctor with sonic screwdriver, The Eleventh Doctor after regeneration with sonic screwdriver, the revived Master, and the Time Lord President Rassilon with staff. All four figures are highly detailed and fully articulated, and will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland at the end of this month, alongside the second wave of classic series Doctor Who action figures, being sold at a recommended retail price of £8.99 each. More details, alongside images of the figures in packaging, will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when they are made available. Will you be purchasing these brand new Doctor Who The End of Time action figures?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Doctor Who Series Five Writers Confirmed

Steven Mofatt, the new lead writer of Doctor Who, has revealed inside his first production notes in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine the complete list of writers who have written stories for Doctor Who's fifth series. Beforehand, it had already been confirmed that Richard Curtis, Mark Gattis and Gareth Roberts would be writing episodes for the series starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan as The Doctor and Amy Pond. Steven Moffatt confirmed that he has written six of the thirteen episodes and revealed that Toby Whithouse, Chris Chibnall and Simon Nye have also penned stories. Toby Whithouse who previously wrote the series two episode, School Reunion, has written a story that reportedly features vampires which if some reports are correct will be called 'Vampires of Venice'. What are your thoughts on this news?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Doctor Who Series Five Books and Audios

Various online retailers are now listing the first pieces of Doctor Who series five merchandise; books and audios featuring The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond, as portrayed by Matt Smith and Karen Gillian in the upcoming television series. Set for release on the eighth of April is the first Eleventh Doctor adventure exclusive to audio CD, a brand new story entitled The Hounds of Artemis, written by James Goss. The popular Doctor Who New Series Adventures series from BBC Books is releasing three new titles on the twenty-second of April; Apollo 23 by Justin Richards, Night of the Humans by David Llewellyn, and The Forgotten Army by Brian Minchin. The Doctor Who: Decide Your Destiny book series which originally featured The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones is set to return on the twenty-ninth of April with two new novels; The Coldest War, and Claws of the Macra. Set to be released in June is three more New Series adventures books; Adorable Illusion by Garry Russell, Nuclear Time by Oli Smith, and The King's Dragon by Una McCormack, alongside another Eleventh Doctor exclusive audio, The Runaway Train by Oli Smith. The covers, synopses, along with more details for the upcoming books and audio CDs will be posted when they become available.

The End of Time Australian Broadcast Details

Having already been broadcast in the United Kingdom and America, ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Company, has now revealed the details for The End of Time part one and part two's transmissions in Australia. The End of Time part one will be broadcast on Sunday the fourteenth of February, Valentines Day, at 7.30pm on ABC1, while the second part of the story will be broadcast at the same time on the same channel on Sunday the twenty-first of February. The story has had a generally positive reception in both the United Kingdom and in America, and the first part achieved 12.04 million viewers in the U.K. The ABC has plans to show the fifth series of Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan as The Eleventh Doctor and his companion, Amy pond, at some point in the not so distant future.

The End of Time Part One Final Ratings

BARB, the Broadcasters Audience Research Board, have made the final and accurate ratings available for the Doctor Who Christmas special, The End of Time part one. When the special was broadcast for the first time on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel in the United Kingdom last month, it was watched by 12.04 million people, BARB has confirmed. The overnight ratings released after on Boxing Day stated that the episode was watched by ten million, two million less then the final results, and the episode was given an appreciation index of 87. The final ratings for The End of Time part two will be released by the Broadcasters Audience Research Board in a few weeks and will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, some time after.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Gallifrey Vortex: One Year Online

Today, the eighth of January, is the anniversary of the day I created this website, meaning that The Gallifrey Vortex is now one year old. When I had made the website, I set about to update fans with the latest news regarding Doctor Who and it's spin-offs, despite that The Gallifrey Vortex was not that well known. But over it's first year, it grew in both size and in popularity, with people from across the world visiting daily to see at least one post a day. At this point in time on The Gallifrey Vortex, there are 545 posts, 87 episode guides, and 3 exclusive interviews, all of which I have taken my own time to create. There are many people I would like to thank for helping me make the website what it is today, most notably Conor from Tardis Base, Mark from Tardis and Torchwood and Treasures, and Axlart from Doctor Who Hideout. For what they have done, I am extremely grateful and thank them, along with this website's 93 followers and everyone else who visits. The Gallifrey Vortex will continue to be updated with daily posts throughout it's second year online, and you can expect to see many more pages online here soon. Again, I would like to say thank you. - Brad.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Waters of Mars and The End of Time DVD

2Entertain recently revealed the cover and some details for a brand new Doctor Who three disc DVD set scheduled to be released on Monday, alongside a box set featuring all the Doctor Who specials broadcast since 2008 up until now. The box set includes three special episodes that have not yet been released on DVD; last year's Autumn special, The Waters of Mars, last year's Christmas special, The End of Time part one, and this year's New Year's Day special, The End of Time part two. Along with the episodes featured, the set will also include special features including the Doctor Who Confidential episodes that accompanied the broadcasts of The End of Time. The Waters of Mars and The End of Time parts one and two will be released in this DVD set across the United Kingdom and Ireland this Monday, the eleventh of January, available to buy from various entertainment retailers, being sold at a recommended retail price of £24.99. Will you be purchasing a copy of this new Doctor Who specials DVD set?

Doctor Who Magazine #417 Press Release

Today saw the release of the four-hundredth-and-seventeenth issue of Doctor Who Magazine, the first issue to feature a brand new look and logo. This month's issue of the magazine includes an exclusive interview with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, along with an obituary feature for the late Doctor Who classic series veteran Barry Letts, the second part of the Crimson Hand comic-strip, an exclusive interview with David Tennant, Steven Moffat's first production notes, and much more. The magazine's cover can been seen to the left, and the official press release for it can be read below:

The new Doctor and Amy Pond, aka MATT SMITH and KAREN GILLAN, give their first ever joint interview – exclusively in Doctor Who Magazine 417!

“There’s a real bond, isn’t there?” says Matt.
“Yeah,” Karen agrees. “A connection.”
“That’s wonderful, I think,” Matt continues. “But also, with that, he’s sort of less tolerant than a lot of Doctors, and she's got a fire in her soul, in her belly, and so they combust together... but there’s great affection and love there, and we're developing that all the time...”

Also in the first new-look issue of DWM:

THE NEW NUMBER ONE!
Doctor Who’s new showrunner and head writer, STEVEN MOFFAT, talks exclusively to DWM about the new Doctor, Matt Smith, the new TARDIS design and just what we can expect from the thirty-first series of Doctor Who...

TENNANT’S EXTRA!
In the second part of an in-depth interview, the UK’s hottest acting talent, DAVID TENNANT, talks candidly to DWM about his future plans, his final line and his feelings on saying goodbye to Doctor Who.

KNOCK KNOCK...
DWM goes behind the scenes of the Tenth Doctor’s ultimate adventure, The End of Time, with exclusive photos and interviews with the cast and crew – including RUSSELL T DAVIES, BERNARD CRIBBINS and JOHN SIMM!

LICENCE TO KILL!
The name’s Rassilon – President Rassilon. DWM manages to track down the former James Bond and leader of the Time Lords. TIMOTHY DALTON, for an informal chat. You’ll be shaken AND stirred!

IT’S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS...
DWM catches up with the irrepressible Mssrs JOHN BARROWMAN and RUSSELL TOVEY, aka Captain Jack and Midshipman Frame in an intergalactic bar in an effort to find out just what on earth they were thinking...

SMOOTH CRIMINAL!
There are plenty of shocks in store for the Tenth Doctor as he finally discovers the uncomfortable truth behind Majenta’s mysterious past! The brand new comic strip THE CRIMSON HAND, by Dan McDaid with art by Martin Geraghty, continues.

SIMPLY THE BEST
He was Doctor Who’s producer during the Third Doctor’s era and guided the series to one its most successful and popular periods ever. DWM pays tribute to the life and times of the late BARRY LETTS, with contributions from, among others, Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney, Katy Manning, Terrance Dicks, Frazer Hines, Graeme Harper and Christopher Barry.

YOU PUT THE DEVIL IN ME!
Witches! Gargoyles! And, er, Morris Dancing! It can only be THE DÆMONS, the much-loved Third Doctor adventure produced and co-written by Barry Letts. Travel back in time to 1971 as The Fact of Fiction uncovers the fascinating secrets behind this television classic, with the aid of a plethora of rarely seen photographs!

I WANNA TELL YOU A STORY...
STEVEN MOFFAT reveals just who will penning the Eleventh Doctor’s first series – and why – as he finally fesses up in the new-look Production Notes!

PLUS! All the latest official news, previews, reviews, competitions and more... and a giant-sized poster featuring all ELEVEN Doctors!

Step into the future with the new-look Doctor Who Magazine. The bumper-sized issue 417 is out now, price £4.99!


Doctor Who Magazine issue four-hundred-and-seventeen, coming with a free Eleventh Doctor poster, is currently on sale at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland at the higher price of £4.99. Will you be buying this?

Doctor Who Adventures #148

BBC Magazines have now sent us the cover and details for issue 148 of Doctor Who Adventures which was released today. This week's issue of the magazine, featuring a special lenticular cover and coming with some new stickers, takes a look at some of the best things about the Tenth Doctor and looks forward to the near-future by looking at the eleventh. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and it's official press release can be read below:

ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEW DOCTOR?

Amazing collector’s edition

Doctor Who Adventures begins the New Year with a bang! Watch the Tenth Doctor regenerate into the Eleventh Doctor with this week’s special lenticular cover.

Inside, Doctor Who Adventures says goodbye to the Tenth Doctor and hello to the Eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith. Don’t worry though – underneath he’s still the same hero that you know and love.

The Doctor has battled lots of ferocious foes over the years – this week Doctor Who Adventures finds out what it takes to be the biggest and baddest monster.

All this, and…

· FREE stickers of The End of Time
· Fact File: What we’ll miss about the Tenth Doctor
· Top 10 Heroic Exits
· Amazing posters from The End of Time
· Subscription offer – subscribe today and save a fantastic 30% PLUS, get a FREE Sarah Jane Adventures audiobook as a welcome gift

Issue 148 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is out Thursday 7 January, £2.10.

Doctor Who Adventure issue one-hundred-and-forty-eight is currently available to buy at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland, being sold at the usual price of £2.10. Will you be purchasing Doctor Who Adventures 148?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Doctor Who Magazine #417 Cover Revealed

The cover for issue four-hundred-and-seventeen of Doctor Who Magazine was revealed this evening and can be seen above. This issue of the magazine is the first one to feature a brand new look, including the brand new Doctor Who logo and a brand new promotional picture of The Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. The magazine comes with a large poster and includes a brand new interview with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan who will be portraying The Eleventh Doctor and his companion, Amy Pond, in the fifth series of Doctor Who. Despite that The Tenth Doctor era ended as soon as he regenerated on New Year's Day, his adventures with Majenta Pryce continue in this issue of Doctor Who Magazine in a new comic-strip, The Crimson Hand part two. Also included in the magazine is interviews with David Tennant and the new Doctor Who lead writer and producer, Steven Moffatt, and a chance to win the new Doctor Who: The Complete Specials DVD box set. Doctor Who Magazine issue four-hundred-and-seventeen will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland tomorrow, at a higher price of £4.20, and the press release for the magazine will be released shortly and then posted here. What do you think of the cover for this magazine?

National Television Awards 2009 Short List

The short list for The National Television Awards 2009, set to take place at the O2 Arena on the 20th of January, has now been revealed. The long list for the awards was announced in November last year, showing that David Tennant, John Barrowman, and Eve Myles, had all been nominated in the Outstanding Drama Performance category for their roles as The Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who, and Captain Jack Harkness, and Gwen Cooper, in Torchwood, but unfortunately John and Eve did not get into the short list. David Tennant however got into the short list in the Outstanding Drama Performance category, as did Doctor Who in the Best Drama category. The results of the award will be announced on the 20th of January, being televised live at 7.30pm on ITV One, and will be posted here shortly after.

The End of Time Part Two Appreciation Index

BARB, the Broadcasters Audience Research Board, have made the appreciation index available for The End of Time part two, David Tennant's final Doctor Who episode as The Tenth Doctor. The preceding episode, The End of Time part one, achieved an appreciation index of 87, lower then the recently released appreciation index for The End of Time part two, which is 89. The End of Time part two saw The Doctor, as portrayed by David Tennant, battle The Master, as portrayed by John Simm, and The Time Lords in order to prevent universal destruction. The final ratings for the second part of The End of Time will be released some time soon, and the ratings for the first part will be available to see here in a few days time.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Doctor Who: The Complete Specials Box Set

2Entertain have revealed the cover and details for their upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray release of the Doctor Who specials which were broadcast between Christmas Day 2008 and New Year's Day 2010. The box set, entitled Doctor Who: The Complete Specials, consists of five discs featuring the episodes; The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, The Waters of Mars and The End of Time part one and part two. The box set will also include the Doctor Who Confidential episodes that accompanied the broadcasts of the episodes featured on the discs, along with deleted scenes, David Tennant's video diary, commentaries, a video of Doctor Who's appearance at ComicCon 2009, and BBC One's Christmas idents. The box set is set to be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland next Monday, the eleventh of January, being sold at a reccomended retail price of £39.99. Will you be purchasing a copy of this DVD box set when it is released?

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Crimson Hand Panini Graphic Novel

Various online retailers are now listing a third Doctor Who graphic novel featuring The Tenth Doctor entitled The Crimson Hand. The graphic novel will consist of two-hundred-and-sixty pages of comic-strip stories from Doctor Who Magazine, seeing Majenta Pryce join with The Doctor in a series of new adventures in the TARDIS throughout time and space. The Crimson Hand will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland by Panini Books on the fourth of May this year at a recommended retail price of £15.99, joining The Betrothal of Sontar and The Widow's Curse. As the book is a few months away from release, some of the information in this post and the graphic novel's cover may be subject to change, and more regarding this will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when available. Will you be purchasing a copy of this new book?

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Murray Gold On Doctor Who Series Five

Murray Gold, composer of Doctor Who music since the show was bought back by Russell T Davies in 2005, has confirmed in an interview with Music From The Movies.com that he will be composing the music for Doctor Who series five. In the interview, Murray revealed that Mark Gattis, writer of the series one episode, The Unquiet Dead, and the series two episode, The Idiot's Lantern, will be returning to Doctor Who to write an episode for the fifth series, along with Gareth Roberts who will also be writing an episode. Doctor Who series five stars Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, and is set to be broadcast across the United Kingdom on both BBC One and on BBC HD at some point during this Spring. What are your thoughts on this Doctor Who series five news?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The End of Time Part Two Overnight Ratings

BARB, the Broadcasters Audience Research Board, have now made the overnight ratings available for the fourth Doctor Who special, The End of Time part two. According to the ratings, 10.4 million people tuned in to see the episode which saw the regeneration of The Tenth Doctor, David Tenannt, into The Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. An additional 389,000 watched the episode in high definition on BBC HD, giving the episode 35.5% of the audience share last night. These ratings mean that Doctor Who: The End of Time part two was the second most-watched programme of last night and the most-watched regeneration episode in Doctor Who history. These overnight ratings are not completely accurate but the final correct ratings will be released by BARB shortly, and will be posted here on The Gallifrey Vortex.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Spring 2010: New Doctor, New Adventures

Tonight saw the first transmission of The End of Time part two, and the regeneration of The Tenth Doctor, as portrayed by David Tennant, into The Eleventh Doctor, as portrayed by Matt Smith. The official Doctor Who website was revamped after the episode's broadcast with a brand new look and a brand new trailer for the fifth series of Doctor Who featuring clips of The Eleventh Doctor and his companion, Amy Pond, as portrayed by Karen Gillan. As well as being available on the BBC's Doctor Who website, the trailer can be seen below:

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The fifth series of Doctor Who, consisting of thirteen episodes, will be broadcast across the United Kingdom on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel at some point during Spring, possibly in February if a statement made by Richard Curtis, who has written an episode featuring Vincent Van Gogh for the series, is correct.

Happy New Year From The Gallifrey Vortex!

It has gone midnight here in the United Kingdom, meaning that the year of 2009 has passed and the new year of 2010 has finally arrived. 2009 saw Torchwood return for a brand new series entitled Children of Earth, consisting of five episodes airing across five consecutive nights, and starring John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Gareth David-Llyod. The Sarah Jane Adventures also returned in 2009, bring a whole horde of aliens to our television screens such as the Veil, the Judoon, the Trickster, the Blathareen, and many more. Three Doctor Who specials were also broadcast in 2009, seeing The Doctor arrive on the planet San Helios in a bus, encounter creatures of water on Mars, and battling The Master, a battle which will conclude tonight in the second part of The End of Time. 2010 will be a year of change in the Doctor Who universe. A new Doctor, a new companion, a new lead writer, a new logo, a new TARDIS, and new adventures will make up the fifth series of Doctor Who. I wish you a happy new year, hope that you enjoy The End of Time part two tonight at 6.40pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel, and that you have a great time through 2010.