Sunday, February 28, 2010

SFX Magazine Doctor Who World Exclusive

The one-hundred-and-ninety-fourth issue of SFX magazine, on sale across the United Kingdom and Ireland from Wednesday the tenth of March, features a world exclusive on the fifth series of Doctor Who. The cover of the magazine shows a specially commissioned 3D image of The Eleventh Doctor, as played by Matt Smith, and Amy Pond, as potrayed by Karen Gillan, with the Weeping Angels lurking in the background. Inside is a preview of the new series and exclusive interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffatt. Editor in Chief of the magazine, Dave Bradley, said: “Sci-fi fans are very excited about the new series introducing the Eleventh Doctor, and we had to mark the occasion. This 3D cover is the perfect celebration for a British series which continues to thrill audiences 47 years after its debut. The cover strikingly matches the tone of the new series, and if you look carefully you can see your first glimpse of the returning villains, the Weeping Angels." This magazine is out on March the tenth, being sold at £3.99.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Doctor Who Series Five US Broadcast Date

The BBC have now revealed the date of which the upcoming fifth series of Doctor Who will be broadcast in America. The series will receive it's first transmission in the United States on BBC America with The Eleventh Hour on Saturday the seventeenth of April, two weeks after the series is broadcast for the first time in the United Kingdom. The first episode of the series, running for approximately one hour, sees The Eleventh Doctor, as portrayed by Matt Smith, shortly after his regeneration, meet Amy Pond, as portrayed by Karen Gillan, for thirteen brand new episodes which will see them encounter alien threats such as Daleks, Silurians and Weeping Angels.

Friday, February 26, 2010

John Barrowman On American Torchwood

John Barrowman, the actor who took on the role of Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who series one, and continued to portray the character in the show's third and fourth series, as well as in the first, second, and third series of it's spin-off show, Torchwood, has spoken to Digital Spy about the American Torchwood. It was revealed last month that FOX are developing a script for a U.S version of Torchwood with previous Doctor Who lead writer and creator of Torchwood, Russell T Davies. Although John Barrowman was hinted to appear in the pilot episode of the series, the actor revealed that he had no knowledge of what is happening. Speaking to Digital Spy, the actor said: “I haven’t heard anything. I have no information on the future of Torchwood, I’m like everybody else at the moment. But I don’t have any other information - I’m so sorry!” More details will be posted when available.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Doctor Who Adventures #155

BBC Magazines have now sent us the cover and press release for the one-hundred-and-fifty-fifth issue of Doctor Who Adventures magazine which went on sale today. This week's issue of the magazine comes with a free inflatable character and Cybershade tumblers, and takes a look at the upcoming fifth series of Doctor Who. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and it's official press release can be read below:

NEW SERIES SECRETS REVEALED!

This week’s Doctor Who Adventures has got the first-ever picture of the Eleventh Doctor and his companion Amy Pond together on the cover plus secrets from the brand-new series inside the magazine.

You’ll find an adventure guide to The Waters of Mars – find out what’s turning people into zombies and how the Doctor plans to stop it.

There’s also a fantastic fact file about the Cybershades – they’re quick, strong and very sinister!

All this, and…

  • What happened to Captain Jack?
  • Two FREE gifts – an inflatable monster and Cybershade tumblers
  • Three all-new posters
  • Subscription offer – subscribe today get the first four issues for £1, and then 25% off of a year’s subscription

The one-hundred-and-fifty-fifth issue of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is now available to buy at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland for the higher price of £2.50. Will you be purchasing a copy of this issue?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Torchwood: The Radio Adventures Box Set

BBC Audio have revealed the cover and some details for their upcoming Torchwood radio plays box set. The new box set consists of the Torchwood radio plays that were broadcast on BBC Radio Four during 2008 and 2009 which see The Torchwood team go to the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and to India. The four-disc box set features the audio stories; Lost Souls, Asylum, Golden Age, and The Dead Line, all of which star John Barrowan, Eve Myles, and Gareth David Llyod as Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, and Ianto Jones, with an appearance from Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones in Lost Souls. The Torchwood radio plays box set will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the eigth of April, being sold at a recommended retail price of £40.00.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

James Corden In Doctor Who Series Five?

According to a report from yesterday's edition of British tabloid, The Sun, English actor James Corden has been cast for a role in the fifth series of Doctor Who. The actor and writer who created and appeared in the popular comedy series, Gavin and Stacey, was reportedly seen on a train to Cardiff reading over his script for an episode of the series, most likely the seventh. "We normally keep our guest stars under wraps but you can’t hide a bloke like James,” an apparent insider said. “And now he’s not coming to Wales for Gavin And Stacey any more, it’s pretty obvious why he is here.” This report, like many, has not yet been confirmed or denied by the BBC but the latest news regarding it will be posted when they are available.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Doctor Who Myths And Legends DVD Box Set

2Entertain have now revealed the cover and some details for a brand new Doctor Who DVD box set scheduled for release later this year, entitled Myths and Legends. The box set, starring Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, includes The Third Doctor story; The Time Monster, and The Fourth Doctor stories; Underworld and The Horns of Nimons. The DVD's cover can be seen to the left, and the official synopses for the stories features across it's three discs can be read below:

The Time Monster: The Master, in the guise of Professor Thascales, has constructed at the Newton Institute in Wootton a device known as TOMTIT – Transmission Of Matter Through Interstitial Time – with which to gain control over Kronos, a creature from outside time.

Underworld: The TARDIS arrives on a Minyan space craft, the R1C, commanded by a man named Jackson. Jackson and his crew are on a long quest to recover the Minyan race banks from a ship called the P7E which left their planet centuries ago. The Doctor helps to free the R1C after it becomes buried in a meteorite storm, but it then crashes into another newly-formed planet.

The Horns Of Nimon: The inhabitants of the planet Skonnos have been promised by an alien Nimon that he will restore their empire to greatness if they in return provide young sacrifices and radioactive hymetusite crystals, both of which they are obtaining from the nearby planet Aneth. With the TARDIS immobilised for repairs, the Doctor and Romana encounter the Skonnan spaceship transporting the latest sacrificial consignment from Aneth.


The Doctor Who: Myths and Legends DVD box set will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland on Monday the twenty-ninth of March, available to buy at good entertainment stores at a recommended retail price of £49.99. Will you be purchasing a copy of this new DVD box set when it is released this year?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Doctor Who Series Five Broadcast Date

An edited version of last night's new Doctor Who trailer was broadcast on BBC Two today, featuring the date of which the fifth series of Doctor Who will transmit. The trailer has revealed that the series will begin broadcast with hour long episode, The Eleventh Hour, introducing Matt Smith as The Doctor, and Karen Gillan as his companion, Amy Pond, on Saturday the third of April. This means that there are now only forty-one days to wait until Doctor Who returns to television screens across the United Kingdom and Ireland. From now to the third of April, the date may change, but any news regarding the air date and the fifth series of Doctor Who will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, as soon as they are made available.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Doctor Who Series Five Brand New Trailer

Earlier tonight, a brand new trailer for the fifth series of Doctor Who was broadcast on BBC One. The new trailer sees The Doctor, as played by Matt Smith, and Amy Pond, as portrayed by Karen Gillan, fall into the time vortex where they encounter Weeping Angels and Daleks. As well as being available to watch elsewhere online, the new trailer can be seen below:

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This new trailer confirms that the fifth series of Doctor will be broadcast at some point near to Easter this year, which is Sunday the fourth of April, but no specific transmission date has yet been announced. The first trailer for the fifth series of Doctor which was added to the official Doctor Who website on New Year's Day can be seen by clicking here. What are your thoughts on this Doctor Who trailer?

Seventh Doctor and Imperial Dalek Figure Set

Forbidden Planet have now revealed that they will be releasing a new classic series Doctor Who action figure two pack, pictured above, exclusively to their stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The new pack includes The Seventh Doctor with umbrella and hat, and a gold and white Dalek from the 1988 Doctor Who story, Remembrance of the Daleks, both of which are highly detailed and articulated. The figure pack is expected to be available at Forbidden Planet by Tuesday the sixteenth of March, being sold at the price of £24.99. The Third Doctor action figure sets, coming with Sea Devil or silver Dalek, and the Sixth Doctor in Real Time blue suit action figure are still available to order from Forbidden Planet and can be found alongside the new Seventh Doctor and Imperial Dalek action figure pack at the Forbidden Planet website by clicking here. Will you be purchasing this new Forbidden Planet exclusive figure?

New Doctor Who Series Five Trailer Tonight

Tonight will see the first transmission of a brand new trailer for the fifth series of Doctor Who across the United Kingdom and Ireland. According to a message posted by BBC News correspondent Lizo Mzimba on his Twitter page, the trailer is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One and on the official Doctor Who website simultaneously at around 6:28pm, while the high definition version will be broadcast on the BBC HD channel at around 7:19pm. If you miss the new trailer or want to see it again, come back to The Gallifrey Vortex shortly after it's airing later tonight to watch it.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Doctor Who Magazine #419 Cover Revealed

The cover for the four-hundredth-and-nineteenth issue of Doctor Who Magazine, featuring the new Doctor Who series five promotional picture, was recently revealed on the magazine's official Facebook group, and can be seen above. This issue of the magazine features an exclusive preview of the upcoming fifth series of Doctor Who with the show's new executive producers, and takes a look at the classic Fourth Doctor story, The Pyramids of Mars. Other features in this upcoming magazine includes a free downloadable Doctor Who audio story, a competition to win The Tenth Doctor's final audio adventure, Dead Air, and an interview with Donald Tosh. Doctor Who Magazine issue four-hundred-and-nineteen will be released at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland on the fourth of March, and more details, along with the official press release for the magazine, will be posted here soon. Will you be purchasing this?

The Eleventh Hour Running Length Revealed

BBC News correspondent, Lizo Mzimba, has now confirmed the running length for the first episode of Doctor Who series five, The Eleventh Hour. He revealed that the episode, written by Steven Moffat and introducing Matt Smith and Karen Gillan as The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond, will run for approximately sixty minutes in length when it is broadcast on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel this Spring. Lizo Mzimba however did not reveal whether the other twelve episodes of the series will run for sixty minutes or revert to the forty-five minute format which has been used through most episodes since the show came back in 2005.

Doctor Who Adventures #154

BBC Magazines have now sent us the cover and press release for the one-hundredth-and-fifty-fourth issue of Doctor Who Adventures magazine which went on sale yesterday. This week's issue, coming with a free inflatable Surpeme Dalek or Sontaran, takes a look at some of the spiky creatures that The Doctor has encountered, and includes a guide to The Doctor's home planet, Gallifrey. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and the official press release for it can be read below:

CAREFUL…SPIKY MONSTER FACTS!

This week’s Doctor Who Adventures has loads of prickly creatures in it! There’s everything you need to know about the Vinvocci, the strange and spiky scientists last seen in the New Year’s Day special The End of Time, we also look at other spiky creatures the Doctor has met on his travels.

There’s a fantastic top 10 Ood moments – take a look at some of their best and scariest moments!

You can also check out a visitor’s guide to Gallifrey. Don’t miss the all-important holiday checklist in an essential guide to the home of the Time Lords.

All this, and…

Exclusive reader offer: FREE galactic facts book
Five fantastic posters
FREE inflatable monster – choose a supreme Dalek or a Sontaran
Subscription offer – subscribe today get the first four issues for £1, and then 25% off of a year’s subscription

The one-hundred-and-fifty-fourth issue of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is currently available to buy at most good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, being sold at the usual price of £2.10. Will you be buying this?

Torchwood Magazine #20 Press Release

The twentieth issue of Torchwood Magazine was released across the United Kingdom and Ireland yesterday, and Titan Magazines have published the official press release for it online. This issue of the magazine features exclusive interviews with Torchwood creator, Russell T Davies, and with James Moran and John Fay, and includes the latest news regarding Torchwood's future. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and it's press release can be read below:

TORCHWOOD TEMPTATION!
Torchwood magazine is out now to bring you the latest interviews, rumours and behind-the-scenes exclusives for your enjoyment! The latest issue contains commentary from Children of Earth director Euros Lyn, brand new exclusive fiction, the chance for you to have your own Torchwood short story published, and much more! Read on for more details.

TAKE OVER TORCHWOOD!
Are you a massive fan of Torchwood? Fancy yourself as a writer? Well, here's your chance to see your work published in Torchwood magazine! Get inspired with writing tips from top Torchwood authors in the latest issue, and write your own short story of 1,000 to 1,500 words in length. See the magazine for details of how to enter.

DIRECTOR’S COMMENTARY – EUROS LYN
The latest issue of Torchwood magazine features exclusive commentary from Torchwood: Children of Earth director, Euros Lyn, who looks back on the series. He also tells us about directing the Tenth Doctor’s final meeting with Captain Jack in The End of Time. Plus, we have interviews with two of the writers of Children of Earth. John Fay, who penned Day Two and Day Four, tells us what it was like to be the man who killed Ianto Jones. And the writer of Day Three, James Moran, talks about rewrites, reactions and repeated nudity!

BAD GIRL – LIZ MAY BRICE
“I was thrilled to be working with Peter Capaldi – until I realised we didn’t have any scenes together!” – Liz May Brice. Hailing from a background playing strong (and slightly scary) women, Liz May Brice was the perfect choice for the role of the formidable Agent Johnson in Torchwood: Children of Earth. In the latest issue of Torchwood magazine, Brice tells us all about her commando training, the journey that her character took over the five days, and working with perhaps the most difficult of actors, her ever-present earpiece!

FANTASTIC FICTION
There are two new short stories and an original comic strip for you to sink your teeth into this issue, exclusive to Torchwood magazine. Ianto gets down and dirty in the first short story, Happy New Year, written by Sarah Pinborough and illustrated by Adrian Salmon. Then, in Photo Finish, Mark Morris tells the tale of a mysterious blue space monkey with art by Mike Dowling. Finally, check out the latest Torchwood comic strip adventure, Fated To Pretend, written by Brian Minchin with art by Steve Yeowell and John Workman!

The twentieth issue of Torchwood Magazine is on sale at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, and will be for two months, being sold at the usual price of £4.99. Will you be purchasing a copy of this magazine?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

3D Doctor Who Series Five Cinema Trailer?

Doctor Who will leap out of the screen later this year, if a report by Broadcast is correct. The report claims that the same trailer which will be transmitted on Saturday evening on BBC One and on the official Doctor Who website will be shown in 3D at participating cinemas before 3D showings of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. According to the article, an apparent BBC spokesperson said: “Doctor Who is the appropriate vehicle for 3D. It just fits. It’s a great way to introduce and showcase the new Doctor to younger viewers.” Although Broadcast is reliable for Doctor Who news, this 3D trailer has not yet been confirmed by the BBC, but more news regarding this will be posted. What are your thoughts on this news?

Blue Peter Competition Winner Revealed

Recently, popular children's magazine show, Blue Peter, announced their latest Doctor Who themed competition, giving viewers the chance to design a new TARDIS interior. Twelve year old Susannah from Leeds was revealed yesterday as the winner of the competition, so her design will be used in the seventh episode of the series, written by Simon Nye, which stars Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan as Amy Pond. The seventh episode of the series is the final series five episode to be shot and will begin filming in and around Cardiff soon, with a broadcast scheduled at some point this Spring. What are your thoughts on this?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Doctor Who Series Five Promotional Picture

The BBC today revealed another new promotional picture for the upcoming fifth series of Doctor Who, this one featuring The Eleventh Doctor, as portrayed by Matt Smith, his companion, Amy Pond, as portrayed by Karen Gillan, a Weeping Angel, a Dalek, and a new monster. As well as being available at the BBC, the promotional picture can be seen in high quality below:

The promotional picture is one of many which will be released by the British Broadcasting Company across upcoming weeks and then posted here. The fifth series of Doctor Who, consisting of thirteen episodes, will see the return of the Daleks, Weeping Angels, and Silurians, and will be transmitted on both BBC One and on BBC HD this Spring. What are your thoughts on this promotional picture?

Doctor Who Series Five Trailer This Saturday

The BBC have today announced that a brand new trailer for the upcoming fifth series of Doctor Who, lead written by Steven Moffat and starring Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan as his companion Amy Pond, will be revealed on Saturday. The trailer, featuring some brand new never-seen-before clips, will receive it's debut transmission on BBC One and on the official Doctor Who website simultaneously during Saturday evening at a time that is unknown as of yet. The fifth series begins with The Eleventh Hour at some point this Spring, with many reports stating the series will start in April. Details regarding the trailer's broadcast will be posted soon, and the trailer itself will also be available here on the night of it's showing.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

End of Time Action Figures Packaging Images

Character Options recently announced four brand new Doctor Who action figures from David Tennant's last story as The Tenth Doctor, the specials broadcast last Winter, The End of Time. The wave of action figures consists of The Tenth Doctor injured, The Eleventh Doctor after regeneration, The Master, and The Time Lord President. An image of The Tenth and Eleventh Doctor action figures which went on sale last month can be seen above, while an image of The Master and Time Lord President figures which were only made available to buy across the weekend, two weeks after their planned release, can be seen below:

All four of the Doctor Who End of Time action figures are available to buy alongside the second wave of classic series figures at good toy stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, being sold at a recommended retail price of £8.99. Character Options will be releasing new Doctor Who series five merchandise later this year, including action figures, playsets, and roleplay accessories, and details regarding these will be posted when they are revealed.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Torchwood Magazine #20 Cover

Titan Magazines have now added the cover for the twentieth issue of the official bi-monthly Torchwood Magazine to the Torchwood Magazine Facebook page. This issue of the magazine includes exclusive interviews with James Moran, John Fay, and with Torchwood creator and writer of Everything Changes, and Children of Earth Day One, Two, and Three, Russell T Davies. The magazine also includes twenty-five pages of Torchwod fiction and gives readers the chance to create their own story and see it printed in a future issue. Also included is the latest news regarding Torchwood's future, focusing upon the upcoming fourth series, and an American spin-off series which was commissioned a pilot episode last month. The twentieth issue of Torchwood Magazine will go on sale on Thursday, being sold at the price of £4.99, and more details, alongside the official press release for the magazine will be posted here when made available.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

New Doctor Who The End of Time Posters

Pyramid Posters recently released two brand new Doctor Who posters, based upon the Christmas and New Year specials, The End of Time parts one and two. The first of the new posters features the cast of the episodes; David Tennant as The Tenth Doctor, Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott, Donna Noble as Catherine Tate, John Simm as The Master, Timothy Dalton as The Time Lord President, Lawry Lewin and Sinead Keenan as the Vinvocci, and many more. The other poster marks the most recent regeneration of The Doctor by featuring The Tenth and Eleventh incarnations of The Doctor, alongside the TARDIS. Both posters are on sale across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, being sold at a recommended retail price of £3.99 each. Will you be buying these new posters?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Doctor Who And Torchwood Tonner Dolls

Tonner have revealed the first images of their brand new Doctor Who and Torchwood dolls, set to be released later this year. The new fully articulated dolls are of The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones, as portrayed by David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in Doctor Who, and Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper, as portrayed by John Barrowman and Eve Myles in Torchwood. The Tenth Doctor doll wears a two-piece suit including shirt, tie, socks, shoes and comes with a sonic screwdriver, while the Martha Jones doll wears a knit top under a faux leather jacket and denims. The Jack Harkness doll wears a tee shirt under a long-sleeve cotton shirt with belted trousers and long duster coat while the Gwen Cooper doll wears a top shirt under jacket with belted denims. More details regarding these upcoming dolls can be found by clicking here at the official Tonner dolls website. What are your thoughts on these brand new dolls?

Nina Wadia Cast In Doctor Who Series Five

Various British tabloids and websites are today reporting that Indian actress, Nina Wadia, has been cast in the fifth series of Doctor Who. The actress, well known for her role in long running BBC soap opera Eastenders, will be appearing as a villain in one of the episodes starring Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan as his companion, Amy Pond. Speaking about her casting to The Sun, Nina Wadia said: "It was brilliant to be let out for a couple of days to do something else and it was great working with Matt Smith. I play a bit of a baddie. And yes, like my EastEnders character Zainab, she's not a very pleasant woman - but at least I'm human and not some kind of strange alien life-form." More details regarding Nina Wadia's and other actors' and actresses' roles in the series will be posted here.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sophie Okonedo In Doctor Who Series Five

It has been confirmed that Oscar nominated actress, Sophie Okonedo, has been cast in the upcoming fifth series of Doctor Who, scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel this Spring. The actress was spotted filming what is thought to be the second episode of the series, which was recently revealed to be entitled 'The Beast Below', as a character called Liz Ten. According to a recent report in The Sun, Liz Ten is a code name for Queen Elizabeth the Tenth, and a BBC insider was quoted as saying: "Getting Sophie on board is a huge coup for the BBC. The forthcoming series has been criticised for being a bit light on the big names." More regarding Sophie Okonedo's role in the new series will be posted.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Broadcasting Press Guild Nominations

The Broadcasting Press Guild have now revealed the nominations for their upcoming television awards, based upon television shows broadcast in 2009. Like last year, David Tennant has been nominated in the Best Actor category for his portrayal of The Doctor in Doctor Who and for his role as Hamlet in the drama of the same name, while Torchwood actress Eve Myles has been nominated for her portrayal of Gwen Cooper in the Best Actress category. Previous lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who, Russell T Davies, has been nominated in the Best Writer category for his writing for Doctor Who and Torchwood. Voting is only available to Broadcasting Press Guild members and the results will be announced between February the eleventh and eighteenth, and will be posted on this website soon.

Exclusive Online Torchwood Comicstrip

Titan Magazines and the official website for UKTV owned television channel, Watch, have revealed details for a brand new Torchwood comicstrip. The comic has been written exclusively by Oli Smith for Watch's official website, and as it is set before the events of Torchwood: Children of Earth, features Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, and Ianto Jones. The story consisting of art by Brian Williamson sees the Torchwood team investigate a series of murders at the Pontyvale Golf Club at the time of it's post-Christmas reopening. Titan Magazines and Watch have produced the comic which can be viewed by clicking here, to tie in with Watch's upcoming Alien Invasion week, which will feature both Doctor Who and Torchwood related broadcasts. What do you think of this brand new comicstrip?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Silurians Return In Doctor Who Series Five

Scottish actress, Neve McIntosh, recently spoke to the Perthshire Advertiser about her role in two episodes of the upcoming fifth series of Doctor Who, and what she thinks of Matt Smith's role as The Doctor. She revealed that reptilian race originating on Earth before Humans, the Silurians, who appeared in the Third Doctor story, The Silurians, the Fifth Doctor story, Warriors of the Deep, and in a cameo during the recently broadcast Tenth Doctor story, The End of Time, will be returning in the episodes she appears in. Speaking to the Perthshire insider, Neve McIntosh said: "I think Matt’s going to be really good, the best yet out of the new guys, and plus the stories have got a bit darker. I play twins, and they’re big lizard warrior women, one of the Silurian tribes that have been undisturbed under the Earth. And of course we get disturbed!” This suggests that Neve herself will be portraying Silurian twins in the upcoming series five episode which will transmit this Spring.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Doctor Who Magazine: In Their Own Words 6

Last night, the official Doctor Who Magazine Facebook group revealed the cover for the next special issue of Doctor Who Magazine, the sixth volume of In Their Own Words. In Their Own Words: Volume Six is a guide to the events after the 1996 Doctor Who television movie to the end of Russell T Davies' time as lead writer of Doctor Who, featuring extracts from interviews with the cast and crew published in Doctor Who Magazine. A foreword with Carole Anne Ford, the actress who starred as The Doctor's granddaughter, Susan, from the first ever episode of Doctor Who in 1963, An Unearthly Child, to The Dalek Invasion of Earth, is also featured within the book which will be released at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland on Thursday the eighteenth of February at £6.99. More details will be posted when they are made available.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Doctor Who Concept Art Website Now Online

Doctor Who concept designer, Peter McKinstry, recently launched a website featuring his designs he has created for use in television and films. The website features designs from the second, third and fourth series of Doctor Who, and includes a page with concept art for Torchwood. The concept art for the Supreme Dalek and Sontaran gun can be seen below:

The concept art, all of which is copyright to Peter McKinstry and to the BBC, can be seen on Peter McKinstry's new website by clicking here. Concept art from the fifth series of Doctor Who will be added to the website soon, most likely after the series airs, and a post regarding that will be available to see here shortly after they are online. What do you think of these Doctor Who concept designs?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Review: Doctor Who Radio Times Guide

Recently, the Radio Times began taking orders for their brand new book, taking a look at Doctor Who since it was bought back to our television screens in 2005 by Russell T Davies. The book is a guide to each of the episodes that have broadcast since then and features never seen before images. We were recently sent a copy of this new book, and our review for it is below:

Item: Doctor Who Radio Times 2005 - 2010 Souvenir Guide
From: The Radio Times
Pages: 164
Price: £6.99 (Order only)
Released: February 2010

Earlier this month, Radio Times magazine released a book covering Doctor Who since it was revived by Russell T Davies in 2005, available only by ordering over the phone. The glossy cover immediately catches the eyes of Doctor Who fans and anyone else alike, and the standard continues among the one-hundred-and-sixty-four pages of the book, featuring some exclusive and never seen before images of The Doctor's enemies, most notably the ones of the Weeping Angels and the Cybermen. The book isn't just one of pictures, although it mainly consists of them, it also includes short guides to the first, second, third, and fourth series of Doctor, along with the specials that were broadcast across 2009, each featuring a star rating. Quotes from many Doctor Who actors and actresses also accompany large highly detailed photographs, and pages taking a look at the costumes and props, and featuring the anatomies of the Daleks and Cybermen take a break from the series guides, and make the book even more of a worthy addition to any Doctor Who fan's collection. It springs to mind from the first page that a lot of hard work and effort has gone into producing this amazing book which if you get the opportunity to buy, you should take it. There are many Doctor Who guides out there on the shelves of book shops, but this one, showing the story of the revived Doctor Who so far, and the Radio Time's long connection with the show, truly deserves to be labelled as definitive. ★★★★★

Review by Brad, owner and creator of The Gallifrey Vortex. With thanks to Neelam Rhodes of the Radio Times for sending us a copy of the book. The book can be ordered from the Radio Time's twenty-four hour order line by calling 0844 543 9822 and paying £6.99 now.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Neil Gaiman Confirms Doctor Who Script

Earlier today, English actor Neil Gaiman attended a question and answer session at the SFX Weekender convention, where he revealed that he will be writing an episode of Doctor Who. This has been rumoured since 2008 but Neil will not be writing an episode for the show's fifth series, as the full list of writers has already been revealed, suggesting that a sixth series of Doctor Who is planned for transmission in 2011. Neil Gaiman is well known for his novels; Stardust and Coraline, both of which have been adapted into films, and for his comic book series, The Sandman. More details regarding Neil Gaiman's Doctor Who script will be posted when available.

Doctor Who in Watch's Alien Invasion Week

UKTV have announced a week of SciFi related broadcasting on their popular entertainment channel, Watch. The week of science fiction programmes beings at Midday on Saturday the thirteenth of February and will see the transmission of many new series Doctor Who episodes, along with the 1996 television movie starring Paul McGann as The Eighth Doctor and Daphne Ashbrook as his companion, Grace Holloway. The third series of the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood, which was originally broadcast across five consecutive nights on BBC One last Summer, will be shown during Watch's Alien Invasion, also across five consecutive nights. This broadcast of Torchwood: Children of Earth will feature an exclusive introduction by John Barrowman, well known for his role as Captain Jack Harkness in both Doctor Who and Torchwood. More details regarding Watch's special week of SciFi broadcasts will be posted. What do you think of this news?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Doctor Who Magazine #418 Press Release

The four-hundredth-and-eighteenth issue of Doctor Who Magazine was released across the United Kingdom and Ireland yesterday, and the official press release for the magazine has now been made available. This issue's main features include The Watcher's guide to The Doctor's greatest enemies, The Daleks, exclusive interviews with Doctor Who lead writer, Steven Moffatt, and with costume designer, Louise Paige, the latest installment of Production Notes, the third part of The Crimson Hand comic-strip, and much more. The cover for the magazine can be seen to the left, and the official press release for it can be read below:

The Secrets Of Casting The New Doctor Are Revealed - In Doctor Who Magazine #418!

In the second part of an exclusive, in-depth interview in DWM, showrunner Steven Moffat talks about how the new Tardis team were chosen; the controversial new costumes; the challenges in creating the new series of Doctor Who; and, after the auditions, why it was clear that Matt Smith had to play the title role…

“It was very obvious it was him. It was just a really, really good audition. More than good acting - they were all good actors - he just had the tone of it straight away, the fun of it, the nuttiness of it… the unselfconscious nuttiness of it. Because, let’s be honest, Matt is unselfconsciously nutty. That’s what he’s like…” Plus!

The root of all evil?
The Watcher returns and proudly presents his definitive guide to the greatest of all the Doctor’s many foes - the dreaded Daleks! Discover everything you’ll ever need to know - and loads more besides - about those mutant metal meanies from Skaro…

Business before pleasure!
Steven Moffat lets slip secrets about the new series and introduces us the new people in charge of Doctor Who in Production Notes.

A stitch in time!
DWM chats to Louise Page, Doctor Who’s costume designer from 2006-2009, about dressing David Tennant, kitting out Kylie Minogue and mixing materials for a menagerie of monsters!

A bird in the hand!
Majenta is finally reunited with her old gang - but what will this mean for her companion, the Doctor? And what terrors lie in store for the universe itself? Find out in Part Three of The Crimson Hand, written by Dan McDaid with art by Martin Geraghty.

Digging for trouble!
It’s the one where the TARDIS gets destroyed! The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough tackle terrifying Tractators as The Fact of Fiction takes a close look at 1984’s Frontios…

The eye of the beholder?
Should Doctor Who be sexy? Neil Harris gives the question careful consideration - and comes up with surprising answers! - in You Are Not Alone…

The time of my life!
DWM catches up with Peter Purves and chats to him about playing companion Steven Taylor in the 1960s - and his return to the role in 2010…

It is better to give than to receive…
The latest, Doctor Who DVDs, books, CDs and games are all up for grabs in our simple-to-enter competitions!

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

What are you waiting for? More hastle, less speed - get DWM 418 today for only £4.20!

The four-hundredth-and-eighteenth issue of Doctor Who Magazine is available to buy at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, being sold at the price of £4.20. Issue four-hundred-and-nineteen will be released on Thursday the fourth of March and will take a look at the classic series Fourth Doctor story, The Pyramids of Mars, and will include the latest news regarding series five of Doctor Who. Will you be buying this issue of Doctor Who Magazine?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Doctor Who Adventures #152

BBC Magazines have now sent us the cover and details for the one-hundred-and-fifty-second issue of Doctor Who Adventures which was released today. This week's issue of the magazine, coming with a free Time Beetle toy, takes a look at the Weeping Angel's upcoming series five return, and features a guide to the Flood from The Waters of Mars. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and the official press release for it can be read below:

THE WEEPING ANGELS ARE BACK!

Be careful not to blink while reading this week’s Doctor Who Adventures magazine because the Weeping Angels are in it! The Weeping Angels are returning to Doctor Who where they will come face to face with the Eleventh Doctor. Find out how they kill and why they scare us so much in this week’s issue.

You can also find out about creatures called the Flood. Discover what they are, what they want, and essential survival tips.

All this, and…

The chance to ask the new Doctor Matt Smith a question!
The Master’s Top 10 of evil deeds
Three fantastic posters
FREE Yucky Time Beetle
Subscription offer – subscribe today get the first four issues for £1, and then 25% off of a year’s subscription


Issue 152 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is out Thursday 4 February, price £2.10


This issue of Doctor Who Adventures is available to buy at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now, being sold at the usual price of £2.10. Will you be purchasing a copy of this magazine at some point this week?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

First Doctor Who Series Five Episode Titles

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, which goes on sale across the United Kingdom and Ireland tomorrow, reveals the titles of the first, second, and third episodes of the fifth series of Doctor Who. The fifth series sees The Eleventh Doctor, as portrayed by Matt Smith, join with Amy Pond, as portrayed by Karen Gillan, for new adventures in time and space which see them encounter Daleks, Weeping Angels, and even vampires. The title for the first episode, introducing The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond, has been revealed as 'The Eleventh Hour', while the second has been revealed as 'The Beast Below', and the third has been revealed as 'Victory of the Daleks'. The fifth series of Doctor Who, beginning with The Eleventh Hour, will be broadcast on BBC One and on the BBC HD Channel this Spring, and the latest news regarding the series will be posted here. What do you think of this?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bill Nighy Cast in Doctor Who Series Five

Billy Nighy, the British actor well known for his critically acclaimed role as Davey Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, has been cast in the fifth series of Doctor Who, Digital Spy have revealed. The actor will be appearing in an episode of the series written by Comic Relief creator, Richard Curtis, which will see The Eleventh Doctor, as portrayed by Matt Smith, and Amy Pond, as portrayed by Karen Gillan, meet Vincent Van Gogh, as portrayed by Tony Curran. Billy's role in the episode, which will reportedly be the tenth in the upcoming series, will be a curator at an exhibition featuring the work of Van Gogh. The fifth series of Doctor Who is set to be broadcast on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel this Spring, and more details regarding Bill Nighy's role in the series will be posted. What do you think of this?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Doctor Who Magazine #418 Cover

The cover for the four-hundred-and-eighteenth issue of Doctor Who Magazine was today added to the magazine's official Facebook group, and can now been seen above. This issue of the magazine takes an in-depth look at the Doctor's most fearsome enemies, the Daleks, and includes the second part of an exclusive interview with Doctor Who lead writer, Steven Mofatt. The magazine also features the third part of The Tenth Doctor's final comic-strip adventure, The Crimson Hand, an interview with Doctor Who costume designer, Louise Page, and much more including a chance to win a copy of the extended Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale. Issue four-hundred-and-eighteen of Doctor Who Magazine will be released across the United Kingdom tomorrow, being sold at the price of £4.20, and more information, along with the magazine's official press release, will be posted here soon. What do you think of this Doctor Who Magazine cover?

Doctor Who Specials Episode Guides Online

Episode guides for the Doctor Who specials that were broadcast during 2009 and at the start of this year have now been completed, and are available to see here, exclusively on The Gallifrey Vortex. The guides, featuring the official synopsis and various other pieces of information regarding the episodes cover; Planet of the Dead, The Waters of Mars, and both parts of The End of Time. All four episode guides can be seen on the brand new Doctor Who 2009 specials page which is available to visit by clicking here, or alternatively by following the link in the sidebar and clicking the required button. Episode guides for series one, two, three, and four, of new Doctor Who are available to see on the episode guides page, along with episode guides for it's spin-off series Torchwood, with work on Sarah Jane Adventures guides nearing completion. What do you think of these new guides?

The End of Time Part Two Final Ratings

BARB, the Broadcasters Audience Research Board, have now revealed the final ratings for this year's Doctor Who New Year special, The End of Time part two. The episode starring David Tennant as The Doctor, Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott, and John Simm as The Master, was watched by 11.79 million people when broadcast on BBC One last month, with a further 0.48 million watching on the BBC HD channel, bring the total count to 12.27 viewers. It was recently revealed that the special received an appreciation index of 89, two higher then it's preceding episode, The End of Time part one, which received an appreciation index of 87 after it's Christmas day broadcast. What are your thoughts on these Doctor Who ratings?