Saturday, October 25, 2014

Doctor Who 2015 comics preview

Titan Comics have released details about their new Doctor Who titles, featuring The Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor, which are due to hit the streets early next year. Check out the details below and click on the covers for bigger versions.

WRITER: Robbie Morrison, ARTIST: Dave Taylor

The Doctor and Clara and their allies are split between two time zones, as the clock counts down to the resurrection of the vengeful Kali! Will an ageless cult succeed where so many villains have failed? What chance does the Doctor have against a plan that has been in motion for thousands of years?

Find out in the pulse-pounding finale of The Swords of Kali!

Cover A [top left] by Alice X. Zhang created for the Doctor Who world tour!

RELEASE DATE: February 11, 2015

WRITER: Al Ewing,  ARTIST: Boo Cook

Fresh from a bruising battle with the Amstrons, the Doctor has decided that enough is enough – if SERVEYOUinc won't stop plaguing him and his friends wherever they land, he's going to hit them where it hurts – by buying a controlling interest in the company!

But what does the Doctor's corporate career mean for Alice, ARC and Jones? Is there a place for them in the Doctor's bold new venture? And what kind of sting does SERVEYOUinc have left to deploy

RELEASE DATE: February 18 2015
WRITER: Robbie Morrison, ARTIST: Elena Casagrande    

Gabby and the Doctor are back in New York after a terrifying excursion into the past, catching up with family and friends... until THE ECHO strikes, amplifying everyday noise into ear-shattering, mind-splinteringly debilitating waves of sound. What is the Echo – and can the Doctor and Gabby solve the mystery before the cacophany drives the city mad?

Plus: "Doctor... you are coming back?"

The fantastic Elena Casagrande and Arianna Florean return on art duties, taking us through to #15 and the end of the first season!
RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2015

Thanks to Titan

Friday, October 24, 2014

In The Forest Of The Night clip

In the player above you can watch a new clip from this week's Doctor Who episode In The Forest Of The Night. For more clips, pics and info from the story, click HERE.

Death In Heaven episode synopsis

The BBC have released the official episode synopsis for this year's Doctor Who Series 8 finale, Death In Heaven, check it out below.
With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role.

Can the mighty UNIT contain Missy? As the Doctor faces his greatest challenge, sacrifices must be made before the day is won.

Blogtor at MCM London Comic Con

Taking place this weekend in London is MCM London Comic Con. The event is on at the ExCeL from today until Sunday and Blogtor will be there signing copies of the book, The Who's Who of Doctor Who. Blogtor will signing on Saturday Oct 25 from 1-3pm in the South Hall at stand BA 3 (Quarto Publishing).

Blogtor will also be there in the VidFest area selling/signing copies of the Doctor Who documentary DVD, Who's Changing. Do pop by and say hello!

In The Forest Of The Night introduction

In the player above you can watch an introduction to this week's Doctor Who episode In The Forest Of The Night from Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. For more clips, pics and info from the story, click HERE.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Doctor Who Series 8 DVD launch

To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series, BBC Worldwide is delighted to announce an exciting fan event to be held on Monday Nov 17 featuring the stars of the show. It will be the first chance the cast have had to reflect on the thrilling conclusion of Peter Capaldi’s debut series in front of 140 lucky fans at a central London location.

BBC Worldwide has 70 pairs of tickets to give away for this exclusive event. Fans will be treated to a special screening followed by a Q&A with members of the cast. All they need to do is visit and correctly answer the multiple choice question, when they will subsequently be entered into a prize draw. The competition opens today and will close at 23.59 on Wed Oct 29*.

Frank Skinner commented, “When they asked me to host this event I was over the moon. Luckily the space-dragon incubation period is such that I was in no real danger. I have so many questions I want to ask and, when we're all talked out, I'm planning to finish off by crowd-surfing for 10 to 15 minutes, dressed as Chief Engineer Perkins.”

The box set contains every explosive episode from Peter Capaldi’s debut series in the role and is also packed full of extras including:
DVD Exclusive: Doctor Who - Deep Breath Cinema panel session (1x 30’ feature)
DVD Exclusive: Audio Commentaries x 4 (episodes and participants TBC)
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord (1x45’ feature with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison)
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion (1x45’ feature with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison)
Doctor Who: Earth Conquest (1x45’ World Tour Documentary)
Doctor Who Exclusive (4x2’ cast interviews)
Doctor Who Extra (12x10’ behind the scenes)
FOXES – Don’t Stop Me Now (Music video from Mummy on the Orient Express)
Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series is available to pre-order now on There is also a BBC Shop exclusive edition featuring special artwork and art cards.

* Winners will be selected at random and will be notified within seven days of the closing date. Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted. Fans should only enter if they can travel to London for the afternoon of the 17th November. The event venue will be disclosed to winners on their invitation closer to the time. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

EPISODE PREVIEW: In The Forest Of The Night [spoiler-free]

by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Starring: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman
and Samuel Anderson

Airs Oct 25

Review by Cameron K McEwan

It's not often we get an episode with a new writer AND director and yet Doctor Who Series 8 has already seen one, and now here's another. This combination of "newness", if you'll permit to use that word, just shows how exciting and invigorating an input of fresh voices and visions can be.

In The Forest Of The Night wastes no time in setting the scene - the world has been taken over by the trees (and vegetation in general). The Doctor is somewhat flummoxed by the turn of events, and even more perplexed by the appearance of Coal Hill School pupil Maebh who doesn't seem to be too taken aback by the TARDIS. And the surprise-o-meter is blasted apart when Clara, Danny and more pupils find a new forest world in front of them after a Museum sleepover.

But why has the Earth been embroidered with greenery, and why is young Maebh so vital to discovering this mystery? There's more, much more to take in, but I shan't spoil.

From the opening of this episode, it's very clear that In The Forest Of The Night is going to be something very different and very special. Young Maebh's meeting with everyone's favourite Gallifreyan in the TARDIS is fun and fascinating but it's how these moments are filmed that really catch the eye. New-to-Who director Sheree Folkson is not scared to get all hand-held and up in people's faces; stylistically, this kind of camerawork has been a stranger to Doctor Who. It's a most welcome addition.

Inititially, this quirk emphasises the lighter side of the episode but, as the darker elements of the story develops, and the mystery becomes clearer, the camera gives weight to the fear and the danger. Folkson is to be congratulated for her vision and her boldness. A boldness which one feels, came from the spirit and heart of the script.

Speaking of which, the other newbie (though hardly new to the world of television and film), Frank Cottrell-Boyce has done, what I refer to as, a "Richard Curtis". Older readers may remember Vincent and The Doctor from the Four Weddings and a Funeral writer - a beautiful, brave and touching story, with a message deep in its core. Well, Cottrell-Boyce has mirrored this.

On the surface, Forest is a story about the world being taken over by trees while the human race face obliteration. And, I'm sure, that will be enough for some viewers. But there is so much more going on, rumbling beneath (not very far, I should say) from the top.

Again, without wanting to spoil, Maebh's story is heartbreaking at times, joyous at others; "I haven't phoned home, but I know my mum is worried about me," she stoutly informs The Doctor, who merely looks on, speechless bested by the wisdom of his new companion.

How we treat children affected adversely by the world around them is examined in a very moving fashion and, I have to admit, this tale may well evoke tears from its audience (well, those with a heart anyway). For me, it's the first time this series when I've felt so touched by the story and characters involved.

In tandem, there's also ecological themes being addressed and one cannot help but be reminded of 1970s Doctor Who when each week the social politics of the UK were being dissected. Here, however, it's on a global scale and, as with the other issues, sensitively and prudently handled. Like the aforementioned director, Frank Cottrell-Boyce is also to be congratulated hugely for his mightily impressive debut.

As emotional as the episode is, there's still a bucket-load of adventure in here - "Stars grow cold, planets implode. Catastrophe is the metabolism of the universe!" proclaims Peter Capaldi on the realisation that this battle may already be over, adding, "I can fight monsters, I can't fight physics." Great lines and delivered in a very Doctorly fashion. The Scotsman's interplay with Maebh, perfectly played by Abigail Eames, is utterly delightful. Like with Courtney earlier this series in The Caretaker and Kill The Moon, Capaldi shows his Time Lord can spark off with the most unlikely of people.

Seeing him with Coal Hill's so-called "gifted and talented" is a joy; his child-awareness amusing in the extreme. A particular standout from the children is the fantastic Harley Bird, who plays know-it-all yet forever worrying and panicy Ruby. In a line reminiscent of Lisa Simpson's MTV generation comment, "We feel neither highs or lows," Ruby says of the new world they find themselves in, "There was a forest, there wasn't a forest - nothing surprises us any more." Pfft, kids these days, huh?

Elsewhere in the story, we get a glimpse into the increasingly emotionally scaterred pysche of Clara. Next to The Doctor she may seem normal, but when you place her next to Danny,  a very human and caring person, we begin to see how her outlook on life has been changed and how her priorities are vastly different to her fellow teacher. It's a stark reminder how different she is to your regular Earthling.

In The Forest Of The Night may well feel and look like a fairytale but it's anything but. It's firmly grounded in reality and real issues. The children involved are a smoke screen for themes which the adult audience will savour and ponder whilst the mystery and its superb resolution will keep you hooked and satisfy greatly.

And your heart may just beat a little stronger too.

In The Forest Of The Night airs 8.20pm, Oct 25 on BBC One

Thanks to the BBC

In The Forest Of The Night promo pics

BBC America have released more promotional pictures from Doctor Who Series 8, Episode 10, In The Forest Of The Night - click on the images included here for bigger versions. Featured in the pics are: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Maebh (Abigail Eames), Ruby (Harley Bird), Samson (Jaydon Harris-Wallace) and Bradley (Ashley Foster).For more clips, pics and info from the story, click HERE.

In The Forest Of The Night airs Oct 25 on BBC America at 9pm

Images courtesy of Adrian Rogers, © BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

BBC to launch "The Doctor and the Dalek" game

The BBC has today announced The Doctor and the Dalek, a new online game for CBBC audiences voiced by Peter Capaldi. The game sees the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor thrown into a dangerous quest with his most devious of enemies in a new, standalone, story from writer, Phil Ford (The Waters of Mars, Into The Dalek).

The Doctor and the Dalek – which has been specially released to be part of the BBC's Make it Digital initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, digital technology and programming – will be available freely at from Wednesday 22 Oct 22. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.

The Doctor and the Dalek
Players join the action as the TARDIS materialises amidst a deadly pursuit through space – a Dalek Saucer bearing down on a Cyber-ship. But from that Cyber-ship emanates a distress call – from a Dalek! On freeing the battered Dalek from his Cybermen captors, the Doctor finds himself taking his new unlikely ally on a mission to save all of creation from destruction at the hands of his greatest enemies.

But why would a Dalek turn to its mortal foe for help? To find out, join the Doctor and the Dalek in a new adventure spanning the Sontar homeworld and its vile Clone Chambers, which have never been shown on-screen before, as well as reintroducing the icy Cyber-tombs of Telos – last seen in classic Doctor Who.

The Doctor said: "Oi! Short and not-very-old one! I need your help - I’ve got a Dalek and we’ve got a mission to save the universe. So get on over to the CBBC website, and play The Doctor and the Dalek while there’s still a universe left! Come on! Chop chop! Make it Digital on the BBC."

Introducing computing skills
A range of puzzles are featured throughout the game, where players must take control of the Dalek and program it to “power up” its ability to perform a range of tasks, such as flying. Each puzzle unlocks an achievement that helps the Doctor build the Dalek back to full strength, ensuring it can take on increasingly difficult challenges as the game progresses.

The puzzles are linked to the new computing curriculum and are designed to allow children across the UK to pick up core programming principles as they play. Several key stage 2 and 3 curriculum points – such as combining instructions to accomplish a given goal, using variables to alter behaviour, repetition and loops, and logical reasoning – are seamlessly integrated into the gameplay and, most importantly for children, are intuitive and fun.

Resources accompanying the game will be available from BBC Learning at for teachers and parents to help children get the most out of the game. These will provide links to other resources available from across the BBC and third parties, enabling children and teachers to take their learning journeys further.

Danny Cohen, BBC Director of Television, said: “The Doctor and the Dalek is a brand new Doctor Who story and a fantastic game, voiced by the wonderful Peter Capaldi. It’s an excellent example of how a hugely popular BBC show can give fans something extra, whilst also introducing wider audiences to increasingly important skills, such as coding and programming.”

SinĂ©ad Rocks, Head of BBC Learning, said: “We’re really excited about the launch of The Doctor and the Dalek as not only is it a really entertaining platform game for kids to play but it’s also a great introduction to some key principles of computer programming. Every puzzle has a strong link to the KS2 or KS3 computing curriculum. So we think it’s going to be a really valuable tool for students, parents and teachers.”

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

In The Forest Of The Night promo pics

Images courtesy of Adrian Rogers, © BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014

BBC America have released some promotional pictures from this week's Doctor Who episode, In The Forest Of The Night - click on the images included here for bigger versions. For more clips, pics and info from the story, click HERE.

In The Forest Of The Night airs Oct 25 on BBC America at 9pm