Friday, May 27, 2016

Into the Time Vortex Podcast Episode 16 - Doctor Who - The Planet of the Odd and Closing Time




DoctorWho Magazine 500 Cover and Details


Doctor Who Magazine released its 500th issue yesterday and it comes with a bunch of goodies.  Lots of interviews and a special comic by Dave Gibbons.  Out now.


Doctor Who Magazine celebrates its 500th issue with two exclusive interviews with Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, as well as a specially commissioned front cover where Peter recreates the first ever cover of the magazine. The 500th issue features Peter adopting the same pose alongside a Dalek that Fourth Doctor Tom Baker did for the very first edition on 11 October 1979. Doctor Who Magazine Issue 500 hits newsstands on Thursday 26 May.

Commenting on the magazine’s success, Peter Capaldi says, “The magazine was enormously helpful to me. When I started playing the Doctor I was able to get piles of them and dive in. I went out and bought lots of Doctor Who Magazines, because I deliberately wanted to steep myself in Doctor Who and connect – reconnect – to it in a very kind of visceral way, to the affection and the heartbeat of it.’

And in what he calls is his last ever interview with the magazine, Tom Baker adds, “500 is a big milestone, and I’m sure you’re right to want to mark it BIG. Your magazine has been extremely good to me, and has helped to create a warm and faithful fanbase for the programme. I am still signing first editions. After all these years”.

Other highlights include an interview with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and a special treat for fans also in the form of an exclusive letter to DWM readers from Pearl Mackie, who will play new companion Bill.

Also featured in the magazine is an interview with the First Doctor William Hartnell, dating from 1965 and written by an eleven-year-old fan.

The first issue of Doctor Who Magazine was published on 11 October 1979. It began life as a weekly publication with a cover price of just 12p, created as the perfect accompaniment for fans of the BBC One primetime show. Featuring exclusive interviews with Doctors, companions and even some monsters, the magazine included comic strips, features, news and interviews. 

Among the buyers of Issue 1 were an eight-year-old David Tennant, 16-year-old Russell T Davies and 17-year-old Steven Moffat. All of them have been reading the magazine ever since.

The highly collectable 500th issue comes packaged in a striking card envelope and is a bumper 116 pages long, priced £9.99, including a bonus 116-page supplement, a poster, stickers and art card.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on 10th Doctor Adventures: Technophobia


The 10th Doctor arrives at Big Finish with three new audio adventures.  The first one is Technophobia as The Doctor and Donna visit a technology museum in London.  You can get this release from the Big Finish website.
https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-tenth-doctor-adventures-technophobia-1405

1.1 Technophobia

When the Doctor and Donna visit London’s Technology Museum for a glimpse into the future, things don’t go to plan.

The most brilliant IT brain in the country can’t use her computer. More worrying, the exhibits are attacking the visitors, while outside, people seem to be losing control of the technology that runs their lives.

Is it all down to simple human stupidity, or is something more sinister going on?

Beneath the streets, the Koggnossenti are waiting. For all of London to fall prey to technophobia...

Written By: Matt Fitton
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast
David Tennant (The Doctor), Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Niky Wardley (Bex), Rachael Stirling (Jill Meadows), Chook Sibtain (Brian), Rory Keenan (Kevin), Jot Davies (Lukas)


Friday, May 20, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on Torchwood: Ghost Mission


Sgt. Andy takes center stage in this month's Torchwood audio adventure.  As the title suggests it has something to do with ghosts. You can order this from the Big Finish website.
https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/ghost-mission-1391

Sergeant Andy Davidson has always wanted to join Torchwood. And now he finally gets his chance.

Under the strict observation of his Torchwood Assessor, Andy sets out to prove he's got what it takes. When a chemical spill turns out to have serious consequences, when monsters roam the Bay, and when an ancient entity awakes, Andy decides he could do with a helping hand. The problem is his Torchwood Assessor doesn't have any hands. Norton Folgate is a ghost.

Written By: James Goss
Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast
Tom Price (Sergeant Andy Davidson), Samuel Barnett (Norton Folgate), David Warner (OAP), Lisa Bowerman (Quite Anxious Shopper), Laura Doddington and Aaron Neil (The Graces)

Producer: James Goss
Script Editor: Steve Tribe
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Doctor Who - Paul Cornell to Write 3rd Doctor Comic Book



Titan has announced its next Doctor Who mini series and this time the 3rd Doctor will take center stage.  It will be written by Paul Cornell and will be out at the end of August.

PAUL CORNELL RETURNS TO DOCTOR WHO COMICS FOR AN UNEXPECTED TWIST ON THE THIRD DOCTOR!

May 18, 2016 - BBC Worldwide North America and Titan Comics are excited to announce the return of the Third Doctor this August, in comics! This brand-new five-part comic series, written by fan-favorite Doctor Who scribe Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Action Comics, The Severed Streets), stars the Third Doctor, as played by Jon Pertwee, alongside companions Jo Grant (Katy Manning) and the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) in classic Doctor Who action.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Doctor Who - 11th Doctor Issue 9 Cover and Preview


Out today is issue 9 of the 11th Doctor comic book which sees the Doctor continuing his travels with River Song and Abslom Daak.  You can pick it up at your local comic book store.


The attacks on the TARDIS reach fever pitch. The Doctor's only hope for survival is to track down the mysterious 'Cabal' who have been haunting his steps. Were they active in the Time War? Do they still exist? Meanwhile, Alice is forced to make a decision that could wipe her from the timeline forever!

Writers: Si Spurrier & Rob Williams
Artist: Warren Pleece
Colorist: Hi-Fi

Monday, May 16, 2016

Doctor Who - The TV Movie 20 Year Anniversary Review



Its the 20th anniversary of the TV Movie starring Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook and Eric Roberts as The Master.  We take a look back at this failed attempt to bring back Doctor Who in 1996.

Doctor Who
Doctor Who Movie 1996
By Matthew Jacobs

“If the Eye of Harmony isn't closed, this planet will be sucked through it! Grace, I need to fix the timing mechanism on the Tardis and close the Eye. I need an atomic clock. Grace, please, help me find one”


The newly regenerated Doctor now in his 8th body is in turmoil as the TARDIS needs to be reset and needs a part of an atomic clock to help close the Eye of Harmony before Earth is destroyed. While he was in his 7th incarnation he was attempting to deliver the remains of The Master back from his trial and execution on Skaro to Gallifey.  Things don’t go according to plan as The Master breaks free from his urn as an ooze like creature and makes the TARDIS to dematerialize by provoking the emergency procedure.  The TARDIS lands in San Francisco 1999 on December 30th.

The 8th Doctor meets up with Grace who thinks he is completely bonkers until stuff he is talking about becomes real.  The Master who now inhabits ambulance driver Bruce’s body opens the Eye of Harmony which is causing Earth weather to go haywire and will eventually destroy the planet.  With the help of Chang Lee The Master needs to steal The Doctor’s body so he can claim his remaining regenerations for himself.  The Doctor and Grace must find a way to stop The Master and close the Eye of Harmony and yet again save the Earth.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Into The Time Vortex Podcast Episode 15 - Doctor Who - The TV Movie



Marvel V DC - Captain America: Civil War, Supergirl is Saved and Agent Carter is not

by Ken Parker

This imaginary battle between Marvel and DC felt like it could have gotten a lot closer this year.  After seeing Captain America: Civil War, I feel the battle is over.  Its as if DC is playing a game of cards with Marvel and earlier this year they showed their hand with a pair of Jacks. Nice. Then Marvel comes out and has a Royal Flush. DC throws their cards down and exclaims “What can we do to beat Marvel?” The answer, you can't.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on Gallery of Ghouls


This month's 4th Doctor audio adventure takes place in Brighton where The Doctor and Romana hope to take a holiday.  But of course nothing goes as planned. You can get this release from the Big Finish website.
https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/gallery-of-ghouls-997

When the TARDIS lands in Brighton the Doctor and Romana have the chance to spend some time at the seaside. But with it being too early for the opening of the Pavilion, they have to look elsewhere for their entertainment - perhaps Madame Tissot's travelling waxworks, recently arrived in town?

But they're not the only ones interested in her Exposition. When an unusual thief commits an unusual theft, the time travellers are on the case.

What exactly is the sinister secret of Goole's Gallery? Is Tissot's heading for a meltdown? And what does it all have to do with the head of Marie Antoinette?

Written By: Alan Barnes
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast
Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), Celia Imrie (Madame Tissot), Nickolas Grace (Goole), Stephen Critchlow (Noni)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Doctor Who - Covers and Preview for 12th Doctor Issue 5


Out today is 12th Doctor issue 2.5.  We see The Doctor and Clara fighting the monsters once again. You can get this comic book today at your local comic book shop.


It's the long-awaited return of a deadly foe, as the Doctor and Clara face a monster that will have you checking your stack of comics for suspicious movement! Dare you continue reading, when every page turn could bring you into MORTAL DANGER?! You have to – you're the Doctor's only hope!

Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Rachael Stott
Colorist: Ivan Nunes
Letterer: Comicraft
FC - 32PP - $3.99 - On Sale: May 11









Monday, May 9, 2016

Big Finish Doctor Who License Extended to 2025


Big Finish had their Doctor Who license extended to 2025 last week meaning that they will be producing Doctor Who audio adventures and it's spin offs well past the 60th anniversary.  This is wonderful news as Big Finish has produced Doctor Who audios for 17 years and now are expanding into the NuWho with David Tennant's Doctor coming this month.  For the full details read the official announcement at the link below.
https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/doctor-who-licence-extended-to-2025

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on This Sporting Life


This month's download only release features the 1st Doctor, Steven and Dodo and it takes place in London 1966 during the World Cup.  This adventure is narrated by Steven Purves and is available on the Big Finish website.
https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/this-sporting-life-1348

When the Doctor, Steven, and Dodo arrive in London in March 1966, World Cup fever is already underway. But disaster has struck: the trophy has been stolen, and the police are at a loss as to who could have taken it. When someone shoves part of the trophy into Steven’s hands, the travellers become embroiled in the case..

Producer Ian Atkins
Script Editor Ian Atkins
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Written By: Una McCormack
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Cast
Peter Purves (Narrator)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Doctor Who - Free Comic Book Day Preview and Covers


This Saturday May 7th is Free Comic Book Day.  What that means is that the comic book companies put out a special comic book that is free to everyone and again this year Titan Comics will be putting out a Doctor Who Free Comic Book with 4 short stories featuring the NuWho Doctors.  You can get this comic book from your local comic book store.

Jump on board the TARDIS with FOUR all-new short tales of the Ninth,
Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors! Whether you’re a whizz with a
Sonic Screwdriver or completely new to Who, this is the perfect Free
Comic Book Day adventure for SF fans of all ages! Written and
illustrated by the creative teams of the regular comics, this is the
ideal place to start reading!

DOCTOR WHO: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SPECIAL 2016
Writers: Nick Abadzis, Robbie Morrison, Cavan Scott, Si Spurrier, Rob Williams
Artists: Eleonora Carlini/Hi-Fi, Rachael Stott/Hi-Fi, Simon
Fraser/Gary Caldwell, Mariano Laclaustra/Carlos Cabrera + More.
Letterers: Comicraft
FC - 32PP - FREE - Available: May 7


Monday, May 2, 2016

Doctor Who - Details For "Vampire of the Mind"


The Master Trilogy continues this month with a showdown with the 6th Master as the Alex MacQueen Master takes center stage.  You can order this audio adventure from the Big Finish website.
https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/vampire-of-the-mind-1051

Somewhere off the South Coast of England, there’s a lonely island. On that island stands a solitary castle, long since abandoned – haunted, they say. But the truth is, that castle houses something far worse than mere ghosts.

The castle is what lies at the end of a trail followed by the Doctor in search of several missing scientists – all of them connected to the top secret Dominus Institute and its elusive CEO, Sir Andrew Gobernar…

But the Doctor will soon discover that he’s the one being haunted, by a ghost from his past… or perhaps, his future.

Written By: Justin Richards
Directed By: Jamie Anderson

Cast
Colin Baker (The Doctor), Alex Macqueen (The Master), John Standing (Professor Threadstone), Kate Kennedy (Heather Threadstone), Neil Edmond (Boatman/Guard/Blank), Catriona Knox (Landlady/Blank), Elliot Levey (Gobernar/Blank). Other parts portrayed by members of the cast.

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs