Torchwood Magazine #13

By Mark
The thirteenth issue of Torchwood Magazine was released today and it is now on sale in all good newsagents across the United Kingdom at the price of £3.99. This issue takes a look at Torchwood's top ten moments, features interviews with Peter Bennett and PJ Hammond plus much more. Here is a paragraph released by Titan Magazines about the issue;

With filming wrapped on Children of Earth, the countdown to series three of Torchwood really starts now! We bring you another exclusive Children of Earth interview in the latest issue of Torchwood magazine – series producer Peter Bennett sheds light on shooting the much-anticipated five-part saga. As ever, the issue is packed with articles, features, interviews and stories dedicated to the exploits of Captain Jack and his team – and much more!

You can view more information about this issue of Torchwood Magazine here. The fourteenth issue will be released on the nineteenth of February and from now on the magazine will be released every two months instead of every month. This is likely happening because there are less episodes of Torchwood next year and they will be airing over a five day period instead of over a few months. Will you be buying Torchwood Magazine's thirteenth issue?
 


Torchwood Rift War Graphic Novel

By Mark
Titan Books have recently revealed their plans to release the Torchwood comic strip "Rift War" as a graphic novel. Rift War is a comic strip that has appeared in Torchwood Magazine since issue three and the story will conclude in the magazine's thirteenth issue which will go on sale tomorrow at an RRP of £3.99. The cover for the publication can be seen above and the book's official synopsis can be read below;

Torchwood is an action-packed sci-fi series following the adventures of a team of investigators, working for the secret organisation who use scavenged alien technology to solve present day crimes - both alien and human. Now the smash hit TV series comes to comics! When Torchwood-3 comes under fire in an all-out attack by extra-dimensional shock troopers, the team are torn in all directions. And with a deadly rift bleeding through into their own reality, time itself could be destroyed if the Torchwood team aren't able to stop it! Written by some of the UK's top comic creators, including Paul Grist, Ian Edgington, D'Israeli and Simon Furman - "Torchwood: Rift War" is an unmissable epic!

This book will be released on the twenty fourth of April next year and go on sale at an RRP of £9.99. It will feature one hundred and twenty eight pages and at the moment there are only plans to release the book as a paperback. You can view more information about Torchwood Magazine here and visit it's official Facebook page here. Will you be buying this Torchwood graphic novel when it's released on the twenty fourth of April next year?
 


The Next Doctor's Appreciation Index Figure

By Mark
The appreciation index figure for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor, has now been revealed and we now know that the episode received an AI figure of 86. An average BBC or ITV drama will receive an AI figure of 77 and anything above 85 is classed as excellent. You can view more information about how an AI figure is calculated here. According to overnight ratings, The Next Doctor was watched by 11.7 million but these figures are likely to increase when official figures are released by BARB next week. What do you think of the AI figure that The Next Doctor received? Would you have rated the episode higher, lower or the same?
 


New John Barrowman Interview

By Mark
A new interview with John Barrowman has today been published online by The People. In the interview, John reveals that the third series of Torchwood will be toned down a bit so that the United States of America won't have to edit as much of the series when it airs over there. An extract from the interview can be viewed below;

John: "The next series is about Torchwood fighting the government rather than just aliens and is a lot darker. Jack has to make a decision no parent - that's a big hint - should have to make."

But the show is also going to be toned down for America.
John said: "We're not swearing or doing anything close to the bone because it's been a huge success in the US and the networks won't accept it with all that stuff in it."

Does that mean John's going to keep his clothes on for once?
Actually, no. He said: "I'll still be getting naked and it will still be saucy - but it's done with taste. We'll be doing everything so it doesn't have to be heavily edited for the US."

You can read the full interview here. Today also marks the second anniversary of John and Scott's civil partnership. John got married to Scott Gill on this day two years ago and I'd like to take this time to wish the both of them a happy anniversary. What do you think of this new interview with John and the news that Torchwood series three may be toned down?
 


Doctor Who Magazine #404 Cover

By Mark
The cover for the 404th issue of Doctor Who Magazine has now been revealed and can be seen above. It was recently uploaded onto the magazine's official Facebook page by Tom Spilsbury and features The Doctor, Miss Hartigan and a Cyber Leader on the front cover. The issue will feature an exclusive interview with Dervla Kirwan, go behind the scenes of The Next Doctor, take a look at The Sarah Jane Adventures series two finale and much more. It will be released on the eighth of January next year and go on sale at the price of £3.99. The press release for this issue will be posted as soon as it becomes available online.
 


The Story of Donna Noble

By Mark
As previously reported, a video which recaps the story of Donna Noble in ninety seconds was behind the final door of this year's BBC Doctor Who advent calendar. The video has now appeared elsewhere online and can be viewed below wherever you are in the world;

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Donna Noble is played by Catherine Tate and has appeared as The Doctor's companion in The Runaway Bride and Doctor Who series four. More information about Donna and the episodes that she has appeared in can be found here and here. The ninety second video that can be seen above can also be viewed here on the BBC's official Doctor Who website.
 


The Next Doctor's Overnight Ratings

By Mark
The picture above was made by me.
According to overnight ratings, last night's festive episode of Doctor Who was watched by 11.7 million people which gave the episode an audience share of 50.5%. The episode, The Next Doctor, was the second most watched programme of the day and the most watched episode of Doctor Who this year. Final figures for The Next Doctor will be released in ten days time by BARB and it's likely that they will be significantly higher than these overnight ratings. What do you think of the overnight ratings that The Next Doctor received?
 


Doctor Who Planet of the Dead

By Mark
The picture above was made by me.
After The Next Doctor aired last night, the title for the next episode of Doctor Who was revealed as part of the credits. The name of the next special is Planet of the Dead and the episode itself has been written by both Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts. It is expected to air around Easter and filming for the episode will begin on the nineteenth of January next year. The episode will feature two characters called Malcolm and Christina and U.N.I.T will also be making an appearance. Rumours also suggest that parts of the episode will be filmed abroad in Tunisia. More information about this episode will be posted as and when it becomes available. What do you think of the title for the first of next year's specials?
 


The Next Doctor Tonight

By Mark
The picture above was made by me.
This year's Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor, will air tonight at 6pm on BBC One. The episode has been written by Russell T Davies and stars; David Tennant, David Morrissey, Dervla Kirwan and Velile Tshabalala. It will be followed by two new episodes of Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three and tonight's Doctor Who schedule can be seen below;
  • Doctor Who "The Next Doctor" - 6pm - BBC One
  • Doctor Who Confidential (Christmas 2008) - 7pm - BBC Three
  • Doctor Who Confidential (Top 5 Christmas Moments) - 8pm - BBC Three
More information about The Next Doctor can be found here and you can read more about tonight's episodes of Doctor Who Confidential here. Once The Next Doctor has finished broadcasting, the title for the next Doctor Who episode will be revealed and a new trailer for the third series of Torchwood may be shown. I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas morning and enjoy the rest of the day. Will you be watching The Next Doctor when it airs tonight?
 


The Story of Donna Noble

By Mark
Today is Christmas day and the final door on the BBC’s official Doctor Who advent calendar is now available to open. Behind it is an exclusive video which recaps the story of Donna Noble in just ninety seconds. Starting from when she met The Doctor in The Runaway Bride to when her mind was wiped in Journey’s End, the video is quick but at the same time informative. At the moment, you can only view the video here.
 


Merry Christmas Everyone

By Mark
The picture above was made by me.
Today is Christmas Eve and there are now only a few hours to go until Christmas day itself. I'd like to take this time to wish all of my readers a merry Christmas and hope you all have a great day tomorrow. Last year, I made a Doctor Who Christmas video to to Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" and you can view it below if you want to, enjoy;


Make sure you don't forget that this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor, will air tomorrow at 6pm on BBC One. It will be followed by two new episodes of Doctor Who Confidential and more information about these episodes can be found here in a previous post. A further reminder with full details of the schedule will be posted tomorrow. I hope you all have a great Christmas and enjoy watching every last minute of The Next Doctor.
 


BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Twenty Four

By Mark
It's Christmas Eve and door number twenty four on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar is now available to open. Behind it is a specially recorded Christmas message from Velile Tshabalala. At the moment, you can only view the message here as it hasn't appeared elsewhere online however David Tennant's Christmas message has now appeared online elsewhere and you can now view that below;

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Velile will appear as Rosita in The Next Doctor tomorrow at 6pm on BBC One. The West Sussex Gazette and Last Broadcast have previously interviewed her and you can read those interviews here and here. David Tennant also recorded a special Christmas message, as seen above, and that was behind door number one of the BBC's advent calendar. You can view more information about The Next Doctor here on the BBC's official Doctor Who website along with trailers, clips and wallpapers. What do you think of today's advent treat?
 


Doctor Who Battles in Time #60

By Mark
The 60th issue of Doctor Who Battles in Time was released today and it is now on sale in all good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland at the price of £2.50. A list of contents for the issue can be viewed below thanks to the official Battles in Time website;
  • Companions: Children of Time
  • Gameplay: The Last Battle
  • Card Clash: Fifth Doctor (Time Crashed) vs Pyrovile Soldier
  • FAQ Subject: The Tardis
  • Comic Strip: The Final End
  • Behind the Scenes: Location, Location
This issue comes with a free packet of Devastator cards and takes a look at some of The Doctor's best companions and allies that have travelled with him in the Tardis. The next issue, issue 61, will come free with some more Devastator cards and go on sale in fourteen days time. Will you be buying the sixtieth issue of Doctor Who Battles in Time magazine?
 


BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Twenty Three

By Mark
Today is the twenty third of December and there are now only two days to go until Christmas day and the premiere of The Next Doctor. Door number twenty three on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar is now available to open and behind it is a jigsaw puzzle for The Next Doctor. Once the jigsaw has been completed, a clip from this year's Doctor Who Christmas special will become available. This particular clip isn’t new and a longer version of it can be found here in a previous post. You can access the jigsaw maker here. What do you think of today's advent calendar treat?
 


Behind the Scenes of The Next Doctor

By Mark
As previously reported, BBC Breakfast went behind the scenes of The Next Doctor this morning. New clips from the episode were shown between excerpts of interviews with both David Tennant and David Morrissey and this preview of The Next Doctor can be viewed below;

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William Grantham, the creator of the Abzorbaloff which appeared in the second series of Doctor Who, and Moray Laing, an editor for Doctor Who Adventures, also appeared on this morning’s show and you can view their interviews here. You can also view some images from the feature here on The Doctor Who Site. What do you think of this preview?
 


BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Twenty Two

By Mark
Today is the twenty second of December and there are now only three days to go until Christmas day and the premiere of The Next Doctor. Door number twenty two on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar is now available to open and behind it is an excerpt from the commentary for The Next Doctor. In the excerpt, Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner reveal some secrets about the upcoming Easter special and you can listen to it here. What do you think of this commentary clip?
 


BBC Breakfast Christmas Special Coverage Tomorrow

By Mark
According to WhovianNet, BBC Breakfast will be talking about this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor, tomorrow morning. The coverage for the episode is apparently scheduled to air sometime after 8:30am on BBC One and more information can be found here. The Next Doctor will air on the twenty fifth of December at 6pm on BBC One and more information about the episode can be found here along with trailers, clips, wallpapers and the episode's Fear Forecast report.
 


BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Twenty One

By Mark
Today is the twenty first of December and door twenty one is therefore now available to open on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar. A new clip from The Next Doctor is behind the door and the clip is approximately forty eight seconds long. It can be viewed below but please be aware that it contains potential spoilers;

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The Next Doctor will air on Christmas day at 6pm on BBC One and will be followed by two new episodes of Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three. You can view more information about The Next Doctor here and read more about the new episodes of Doctor Who Confidential here in a previous post. What do you think of this new clip from The Next Doctor?
 


BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Twenty

By Mark
Today is the twentieth of December and door twenty is now available to open on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar. Behind the door is an episode guide for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special which is titled The Next Doctor. The episode guide features new wallpapers, the episode’s Fear Forecast report and easily accessible links to previous trailers for the episode. You can view the episode guide here but please be aware that some of the wallpapers are potential spoilers.
 


Doctor Who Confidential Update

By Mark
It was recently confirmed by the BBC that three new episodes of Doctor Who Confidential will be shown over the next two weeks. Two of these episodes will be shown on Christmas day whereas one will be shown on the third of January next year. You can view more information about each of these episodes of Doctor Who Confidential below;


Doctor Who Confidential Christmas 2008
Date: 25th December 2008
Time: 7pm - 8pm
Channel: BBC Three
Brief Description: An in-depth look behind the scenes of this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, as we catch up with the two Doctors.

Doctor Who: Top 5 Christmas Moments
Date: 25th December 2008
Time: 8pm - 8.10pm
Channel: BBC Three
Brief Description: A look back at the best moments from the Doctor's festive adventures.

Doctor Who: The Ten Doctors
Date: 3rd January 2009
Time: 5.35pm - 6.10pm
Channel: BBC One
Brief Description: Over 45 years have passed since the TARDIS first landed on our screens on a cold November evening in 1963. Doctor Who Confidential takes a look back at ten incarnations of the wandering Time Lord, reliving some of his most heroic moments and terrifying adventures, and examining the menacing monsters, colourful costumes and faithful companions which defined each Doctor.
 


The One Show Doctor Who Preview

By Mark
Jon Culshaw went behind the scenes of Upper Boat Studios on last night's edition of The One Show. He caught up with David Tennant and spoke to him about this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor, plus much more. A new clip from the episode was also shown and you can view the whole Doctor Who related section of the show below;

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The interview with David Tennant took place a few months ago when the Doctor Who team were filming for The Next Doctor. The Next Doctor will air on Christmas day at 6pm on BBC One and will be followed by two new episodes of Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three. What do you think of the above interview with David and exclusive clip from the episode?
 


Dervla Kirwan's Paul O'Grady Interview

By Mark
As previously reported, Dervla Kirwan was a guest on yesterday's edition of the Paul O'Grady show. On the show, she was interviewed for approximately nine minutes and a new and exclusive clip from this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor, was also shown. You can view the interview and clip below;

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Dervla will play a character called Miss Hartigan in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special which will air on the twenty fifth of December at 6pm on BBC One. It will be followed by Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three and more information about The Next Doctor can be found here on the BBC's official Doctor Who website. What do you think of this interview?
 


BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Nineteen

By Mark
Today is the nineteenth of December and door nineteen is therefore now available to open on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar. Behind the door is a new playable game called Jobsworth Judoon. The aim of the game is to break the security codes made by the Judoon on the Tardis so that The Doctor can escape. Instructions on how to play the game can be found here along with a link to the actual game itself.
 


Torchwood Toshiko Sato Figure

By Mark
Scificollector have recently released an image of the upcoming Toshiko Sato figure and it is available to view here on Scificollector's official website. Toshiko Sato is a character played by Naoko Mori and has appeared in the first two series of Torchwood as well as the fourth episode of Doctor Who series one. This figure will join Captain John Hart, the Blowfish and Ianto Jones in the second wave of the Torchwood figures which will be released sometime next year. The first wave of Torchwood figures are available for purchase now and more information about them can be found here. Scificollector's future plans for the Torchwood range include the release of an Owen Harper figure. Will you be buying this Toshiko Sato figure when it's released next year?
 


New Cyberman Merchandise For 2009

By Mark
Character Options have recently released some information about new Cyberman merchandise they will be releasing in 2009. The merchandise includes; a collect and build Cyberman figure wave and a new Cyber Leader voice changer helmet from "The Next Doctor". There are four Cybermen to collect and each figure comes with a special part that can then be assembled together with the other parts to make a new Cyber Controller figure from "The Tomb of the Cybermen". You can view images of the new Cybermen figures here and an image of the new voice changer helmet here but please be aware that both contain possible spoilers for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special. Will you be purchasing any of this merchandise when it is released next year?
 


Dervla Kirwan On Today's Paul O'Grady Show

By Mark
Dervla Kirwan will be a guest on this afternoon's edition of the Paul O'Grady Show. On the show, she will be interviewed and is likely to talk her role as Miss Hartigan in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special. The show will start at 5pm on channel four and Dervla will be joined on today's show by Alan Carr and Peter Kay as Geraldine. You can view more information about the Paul O'Grady show here on the show's official site.
 


New Doctor Who Gadgets For 2009

By Mark
Character Options have recently released information about three new Doctor Who gadgets they will be releasing next year. The gadgets are; John Smith's Journal of Impossible Things, Captain Jack's Vortex Manipulator and River Song's Future Sonic Screwdriver. The Journal of Impossible Things and Vortex Manipulator will both come in a set with a mini Sonic Screwdriver and you can view more information about all three of these products here on Doctor Who Online. These gadgets are scheduled for release in January 2009 and each one will go on sale at an RRP of £14.99. Will you be buying these when they are released?
 


BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Eighteen

By Mark
Today is the eighteenth of December and door eighteen is therefore now available to open on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar. A new trailer for the BBC One showing of the Doctor Who prom is behind the door and it can be viewed below;
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The Doctor Who prom took place earlier this year at the Royal Albert Hall and highlights of the event will be shown on the first of January at 1:50pm on BBC One. A longer version of the highlights will be available on the BBC's red button service and the whole prom will be available as an extra on the DVD for The Next Doctor. What do you think of this trailer?
 


New Velile Tshabalala Interview

By Mark
A new interview with Velile Tshabalala has recently been published by Last Broadcast. Velile talks about various things in the interview including; how she felt when working with both David Tennant and David Morrissey. A quote from the interview can be viewed below;

Can you tell us a bit about Rosita, the character you play in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special?
Well, the Doctor arrives in Victorian London in 1851 and meets this other Doctor (David Morrissey) and his companion, Rosita – me! She’s a feisty East London girl, fast-talking, bit of a gob on her – just a little bit like me really! They investigate these mysterious deaths. There’s Cybermen involved and a new creature called the Cybershade.

You can view the full interview here. Velile will appear in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor, and play a character called Rosita. She has previously been interview about her role in Doctor Who by the West Sussex Gazette and you can read that interview with her here. What do you think of this interview?
 


Doctor Who Adventures #95

By Mark
The 95th issue of Doctor Who Adventures was released today and is now on sale in all good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland at the price of £2.99. This week's issue is a Christmas bumper special and it is therefore slightly more expensive than the usual price of £2.10. It comes free with a Christmas bumper gift set and the details that BBC Magazines have kindly sent us about this week's issue can be seen below;

The bumper Christmas special!

The wait for the Doctor’s amazing new Christmas adventure is almost over! To celebrate, this week’s Doctor Who Adventures magazine has an exclusive preview of ‘The Next Doctor’.

The bumper Christmas special of Doctor Who Adventures magazine goes on sale 18th December. It’s packed full of exciting Doctor Who news, monster facts, and Christmas treats. Coverage of the Christmas adventure includes:

• A special Christmas preview featuring exclusive pictures of the new Cyber monsters, the mysterious other Doctor and evil Miss Hartigan!
• A photo-story of the first two action-packed minutes of The Next Doctor.
• Exclusive posters of the new monsters, the Cybermen and the two Doctors.
• A Time Agent tracker for readers to rate the Christmas episode.

The bumper issue also contains a mega competition to win loads of Who goodies, a Cyberman mask, a massive Christmas quiz, a special festive comic and the best posters in the universe! The magazine also comes with a Christmas bumper gift pack containing a monster popper folder, a set of colouring pencils, an eraser and a sketch pad.

The Christmas bumper special of Doctor Who Adventures, priced £2.99 is on sale 18th Dec 2008 – 1st Jan 2009. Miss it and miss out!

I got my copy of this issue today, if you want your copy make sure you buy it before the second of January which is when the next issue of Doctor Who Adventures, issue 96, will be released. Doctor Who Adventures #96 will come free with a Time Agent planner and pencil. Will you be buying the ninety fifth issue of Doctor Who Adventures?
 


BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Seventeen

By Mark
Today is the seventeenth of December and door seventeen is therefore now available to open on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar. Behind the door is news that the site's exclusive comic maker feature has relaunched again and is now accessable to anyone and everyone including those outside the United Kingdom. A new feature which allows you to easily print out your comic strips has also been added and you can visit the comic maker section of the BBC's official site here.
 


Dervla Kirwan Talks To The Daily Telegraph

By Mark
A new interview with Dervla Kirwan was recently published in The Daily Telegraph and it has now been posted on the newspaper's official website. Dervla talks about various things in the interview including how she felt working on Doctor Who. You can read a Doctor Who related extract from the interview below;

'It's all fun and games and Christmas spirit,' she says. 'But I am purely and simply a baddie. Twelve-year-old boys are going to love me.'

You can read the full interview here on the Telegraph's official website. Dervla Kirwan will play Miss Hartigan in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor, and will also be a guest on Friday's edition of the Paul O'Grady Show. On the show, she will be interviewed and likely talk about Doctor Who. A further reminder will be posted on Friday afternoon.
 


BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Sixteen

By Mark
Today is the sixteenth of December and door sixteen is therefore now available to open on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar. Behind the door is a previously unreleased music score written by Murray Gold. The score was used for U.N.I.T in The Sontaran Stratagem and is approximately one minute and four seconds long. You can listen to the track here on the BBC's official Doctor Who website. Three Doctor Who soundtracks for the new series and one soundtrack for Torchwood are also available for purchase and more information about them can be found here on Amazon.
 


Torchwood Ianto Jones Figure

By Mark
Scificollector have recently released an image of the upcoming Ianto Jones figure and it is available to view here on Scificollector's official website. Ianto Jones is a character played by Gareth David-Lloyd and has appeared in the first two series of Torchwood as well as the last two episodes of Doctor Who series four. This figure will join Captain John Hart, the Blowfish and Toshiko Sato in the second wave of the Torchwood figures which will be released next year. The first wave of Torchwood figures are available for purchase now and more information about them can be found here. Scificollector's future plans for the Torchwood range include the release of an Owen Harper figure. Will you be buying this Ianto Jones figure when it's released next year?
 


The New Next Doctor Trailer

By Mark
As promised by the BBC, a new trailer for The Next Doctor aired tonight. It aired on BBC One thirty minutes later than it was originally expected and is approximately fourty six seconds long. It's a fantastic trailer and can be viewed below;

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The trailer can also be viewed here behind the fifteenth door on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar. This year's Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor, will air on Christmas day at 6pm on BBC One. It will be followed by Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three and more information about The Next Doctor can be found here.
 


BBC One's Doctor Who Christmas Treat

By Mark
Today's item on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar will be uploaded at around 8pm tonight. The item, which is presumably a new trailer for The Next Doctor, will also air tonight on BBC One just before 8pm so make sure you don't miss it. More information will be posted about this shortly after it has aired on BBC One and been uploaded to the BBC's site. Will you be watching this when it broadcasts?
 


Enemy of the Bane Part Two Today

By Mark
The picture above was made by me.
The final episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures series two, the second part Enemy of the Bane, will air this afternoon at 4:35pm on BBC One. It was shown on the CBBC channel last Monday and has a running time of approximately twenty five minutes. The episode will carry on from where part one left off and be available on BBC iPlayer after it's broadcast. Both parts of Enemy of the Bane are written by Phil Ford. A third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures has also been commissioned to air next year and you can view more information about that here in a previous post. Will you be watching Enemy of the Bane this afternoon?
 


BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Fourteen

By Mark
Today is the fourteenth of December and door fourteen is therefore now available to open on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar. Five new behind the scenes photographs from The Next Doctor are behind the door and they make up a regular feature on the BBC’s site which is called Whospy. You can view the images here but please be aware that the third image could be classed as a potential spoiler for some fans.
 


Midnight's Royal Television Society Award

By Mark
Midnight, the tenth episode of Doctor Who series four, recently won an award at this year’s Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards. It won the award for “Best Sound in Drama" and competed against two other shows which were; Criminal Minds and The Street. Julie Gardner, one of Doctor Who’s executive producers, recently spoke to Doctor Who Magazine about the sound department’s success;

"We're all so proud that the magnificent work of the Sound Department has been recognised at last. This episode pushed them right to the limit, using techniques that simply won't be called for on many other dramas, and it's wonderful to see their work being recognised by their peers. And I have to say, it's probably a unique event, for a drama recorded in basically one small room, to win an award for the quality of it's sound. That department does brilliant work on every single episode, and it's about time they were honoured! And out thanks and congratulations to the director of that episode. Alice Troughton, who worked so closely with the sound team, as well as the cast, who gave everything to make the story work."

Midnight is written by Russell T Davies and sounds in the episode were constructed by the sound department that work on Doctor Who. Murray Gold also wrote music for the episode which is available for purchase now as part of the Doctor Who series four soundtrack. I’d just like to take this time to congratulate the sound department that work on Doctor Who and everyone else involved. (Please note that the icon in this post was made by me and may only be used elsewhere if credit is given where needed, thanks in advance.)
 


The Darksmith Legacy Books Three and Four

By Mark
The picture above was made by me.
The covers for the third and fourth books in the upcoming Doctor Who: The Darksmith Legacy series have now been revealed and approved by BBC Books. Richard Dungworth is the author of the third book which is called The Colour of Darkness and Justin Richards is the author of fourth book which is titled The Depths of Despair. You can view the official synopses for both of these books below;

The Colour of Darkness
The Doctor travels to Karagula to meet the fabled Darksmiths in a bid to outwit the Agent and get the crystal. Can the Doctor uncover the mystery of the childless village? Who is the travelling Dreams-Merchant? Is there a link with the Dark Cathedral of the Darksmiths? Will the Agent arrive and identify the Doctor to the Darksmiths? Find out by reading the third exciting instalment of The Darksmith Legacy!

The Depths of Despair
The Doctor arrives in an underwater base on the planet Flydon Maxima - known locally as 'Despair' because hope is lost for all life there. The scientific base has for centuries been monitoring the results of planetary warming - the slow melting of the glaciers at the south pole and subsequent rise in sea levels. Curiously their most advanced monitoring equipment was created and donated by Varlos. The Doctor is helped by a little girl called Gisella. Why did Varlos risk coming here? What has caused the ice to crumble so rapidly now? Can the Doctor evade the rampaging Dreadbringers, and sort out the attacking sea monsters? Who is Gisella and will she and the Doctor manage to escape in the TARDIS? Don't miss this thrilling fourth instalment of the Darksmith Legacy...

The Colour of Darkness will be released on the twenty sixth of February whereas The Depths of Despair will be released on the twenty sixth of March. Both books will go on sale at an RRP of £4.99 and you can view more information about The Darksmith Legacy in general here and here in previous posts. You can also visit the official site for The Darksmith Legacy here.
 


BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Thirteen

By Mark
Today is the thirteenth of December and door thirteen is now available to open on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar. Behind the door is a step to step guide on how to make to make a Cybershade face mask. There are three parts of the mask to download and nine steps to follow which are put together in twelve slides on the website. You can download all parts of the mask and read all of the instructions here.
 


Get Well Soon David

By Mark
As previously reported, David Tennant has had to pull out of recent Hamlet shows due to a back injury. The Royal Shakespeare Company have now confirmed that David won't be returning to the role until after Christmas and that Edward Bennett will carry on being his understudy until he returns. David underwent surgery for a prolapsed disc on Thursday and fortunately all went well. He will hopefully feel better after Christmas and in the meantime, you can send David your get well soon messages here. The messages will be passed on to David himself and if you want to leave a message then you will need to sign up to the forum. Have you left David a message?
 


Doctor Who Series Four Top Trumps Book

By Mark
Top Trumps have recently released a book for the fourth series of Doctor Who and the cover for the publication can be seen above. The book takes a look at forty five different characters from the show's fourth series and features many statistics about them. A press release for the book can be viewed below;

Following the success of the previous "Top Trumps: Doctor Who" books, Haynes and Top Trumps have again teamed up to create a new book dedicated to the fourth series of the hit TV show. This pocket-sized guide features 45 characters from the fourth series, from The Doctor and Donna to Agatha Christie, the Sontarans and the Ood. Packed with stunning pictures, fascinating facts and all the vital statistics, it will keep kids and grown-ups quiet for hours.

There are 192 pages in the book and it is now on sale in all good book shops at an RRP of £4.99. You can view more information about previous Doctor Who Top Trumps books and packets of Doctor Who Top Trumps cards here. Will you be purchasing a copy of this book?
 


Doctor Who Activity Annual 2009

By Mark
BBC Books have recently revealed the cover for next year's Doctor Who Activity Annual. The annual will come free with a Doctor Who pen and over 100 Doctor Who themed stickers. There will be sixty four pages inside and the publication will only be available as a paperback. It is scheduled for release on the second of April and is expected to go on sale at an RRP of £5.99. You can view more information about previous Doctor Who activity annuals and books here on Amazon. Will you be buying this annual when it's released next year?
 


BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Twelve

By Mark
Today is the twelfth of December and door twelve is now available to open on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar. Behind the door is a quiz all about the Cybermen who will be making a return in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special "The Next Doctor". There are ten questions to answer and they vary from questions about the new series of Doctor Who to questions about the classic series of Doctor Who. You can take part in the quiz here. How well do you know the Cybermen?
 


Doctor Who Adventures #94

By Mark
The 94th issue of Doctor Who Adventures was released yesterday and is now on sale in all good newsagents across the United Kingdom at the price of £2.10. This week's issue comes free with a Tardis moneybox and takes a look at some of the rebellious robots that have appeared in Doctor Who. Here are the details that BBC Magazines have kindly sent us;

Rebel robots!

This week’s Doctor Who Adventures has been invaded by mechanical monsters! These rascally robots have caused the Doctor and his friends no end of trouble over the years. We look at the best of the bad bots from the halo-hurling Host to Trine-E and Zu-Zana. Remember what they wanted to do to Captain Jack? Stitch his legs to his chest in a monstrous makeover. Nasty.

We’ve also got a countdown to Christmas with five essential things you need to do before the Doctor storms back on to our screens on Christmas day. And for anyone who ate so many mince pies that they can’t remember what happened last Christmas or the one before, we’ve got an adventure guide to Voyage of the Damned and a Christmas Invasion photostory.

It’s been a while since we last saw the Cyber army, so just in case your Cyber knowledge is a bit rusty, we’ve got a fact file on the steel soldiers to prepare you for their imminent return.

Monday sees the thrilling series finale of The Sarah Jane Adventures. To find out what’s in store for SJ and the gang in part two of Enemy of the Bane, we’ve got a special sneak preview and a fact file on the beastly Bane.

The issue comes with a free Tardis money box and stickers! Plus;

• Awesome posters: A Cyberman, The Runaway Bride, The Christmas Invasion, and The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith.
• Doctor’s data: Feisty Torchwood chief, Yvonne Hartman.
• Competitions: Nintendo DS games and the chance to see free films for a year!
• Comic strip: Part two of The Giant’s Ring.
• Subscription offer: Subscribe today and get Dalek Sec and TARDIS mini diecasts.
• All this and Oodles more!

Doctor Who Adventures issue 94, priced £2.10, is out on 11 December. Information: Christmas is coming!


I got my copy of this issue yesterday, if you want your copy make sure you buy it before Thursday which is when the next issue of Doctor Who Adventures, issue 95, will be released. Doctor Who Adventures #95 will preview this year's Doctor Who Christmas special and come free with a bumper Christmas gift pack. Will you be buying Doctor Who Adventures #94?
 


Doctor Who Magazine #403

By Mark
The 403rd issue of Doctor Who Magazine was released yesterday and is now available in all good newsagents across the United Kingdom at the price of £3.99. This month's issue brings you the latest news, previews The Next Doctor and features much more including exclusive interviews with David Morrisey and Russell Tovey. The cover for the issue can be seen above and the press release for the issue can be viewed below;

The Next Doctor Speaks ... In DWM 403!

The Next Doctor himself, actor David Morrissey, talks exclusively in Doctor Who Magazine about his role in the forthcoming Christmas Special...

Was David surprised at the reaction to his casting?
“I wasn’t expecting that level of interest, really, but it’s come thick and fast,” Morrissey admits. “I don’t think you can be aware of the world of Doctor Who until you’re in it, really, and I hadn’t been aware of what a huge show it is – not in the sense of people’s interest, how deep that goes. And I was quite surprised by the amounts of texts and emails I got from people asking me if I was the next Doctor...”

Also in DWM 403...

Christmas Eve!
DWM has an exclusive look at the forthcoming Christmas Special, featuring brand new photos and tasty tidbits from the cast and crew!

Christmas Present!
... or is it? The Doctor takes Majenta to one of his favourite places in the universe in Part One of a brand new comic strip, The Stockbridge Child by Dan McDaid with art by Mike Collins.

Christmas Future!
Doctor Who’s executive producer Russell T Davies counts down to the big day and reveals some surprising secrets about next year’s Specials...

Christmas Past!
Russell Tovey, star of the 2007 Christmas Special, Voyage of Damned, on Kylie, internet forums... and being the next Doctor!

Christmas Fun!
The mysterious Watcher returns to challenge and perplex with his ever-popular (and utterly fiendish) Christmas Quiz!

Christmas Games!
Neil Harris has a few unconventional suggestions to enhance your season viewing while waiting for The Next Doctor to come on TV in You Are Not Alone!

Party Poopers!
The Fact of Fiction looks back to when to the Cybermen first crashed their way into the Tenth Doctor’s world as it examines 2006’s Rise of the Cybermen/the Age of Steel!

Boxing Day Hangover!
All the news that isn’t fit to print is in The Space-Time Telegraph!

Er... A Summer Holiday! In Wales!

The Time Team don their shades and head back to the rock and roll years, as they continue their quest by watching 1987’s Delta and the Bannermen!

The DWM 2008 Awards!
At last! Discover the winners of Doctor Who Magazine’s annual season poll. What was the best story? Who were the best guest stars? And just who did you decide made the Greatest Contribution to Doctor Who in 2008? All is finally revealed!

Review Of The Year!
DWM takes a fond look back over the year that was and remembers some of the (frankly bonkers) events that made 2008 a year to remember!

Plus! All the latest news, reviews, previews competitions and more!

This splendidly festive edition of DWM 403 is out now, price £3.99. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine, issue 404, will be released on the eighth of January and feature an exclusive interview with Dervla Kirwan. This interview will be part of a behind the scenes look at The Next Doctor which will feature interviews with many other stars from the episode too. Will you be buying the 403rd issue of Doctor Who Magazine?
 


BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar Day Eleven

By Mark
Today is the eleventh of December and door eleven is now available to open on the BBC's official Doctor Who advent calendar. Behind the door is the second part of the story "Number 1, Gallows Gate Road". You can view the first part, which was behind door number four on the advent calendar, here and the second part here. The story is written by Rupert Laight and all illustrations are by Brian Williamson.