New Ninth Doctor Comic ​Mini-Series​ Confirmed

Titan Comics has confirmed​ a brand-new ​5-part Doctor Who​ ​mini-series starring the ​N​inth ​D​octor as played by ​C​hristopher ​E​ccleston.

Hitting comic stores on March 11, 2015, the series ties-in with the ​10th Anniversary of the return of Doctor Who on television.

​Originally reported in November, the series is w​ritten by the co-author of bestselling ‘​W​ho-ology’​, ​C​avan ​S​cott​ and illustrated by artist Blair Shedd (Legends of Oz, Ghostbusters). The ​5-part mini-series ​also features ​characters Rose and Captain Jack!

Issue #1 comes with a brand-new painted cover by ​fan-favorite ​artist Alice X. Zhang​.

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Blair Shedd
Number of Issues: 1 (of 5)
Page Count: 32pp
Publisher: Titan Comics
Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 11, 2015
Diamond Order Code:​ JAN151599​

The Ninth Doctor is BACK with a brand-new miniseries: WEAPONS OF PAST DESTRUCTION!

Leaving World War II behind, The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack discover that Time Lord technology, lost in the wake of the Time War, is being sold on the intergalactic black market!

Now the threat of a NEW temporal war brews on the horizon. Can the Doctor stop history repeating itself?

Basic Knald Transmission Maps For Marmoset

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Happy Free Friday!

In this demonstration Jeremy Baldwin shows how to generate Transmission maps within Knald to be used in Marmoset Toolbag 2 for skin shaders.

Watch it for free here!

A special thanks to Jeff Roussakis and Lee Perry-Smith for the kind use of their models!

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Basic Knald Transmission Maps For Marmoset

Eat 3D Blog

Happy Free Friday!

In this demonstration Jeremy Baldwin shows how to generate Transmission maps within Knald to be used in Marmoset Toolbag 2 for skin shaders.

Watch it for free here!

About Eat 3D: Eat 3D has been feeding your brain for 6 years with some of the highest quality training that exists. Our goal is to provide you with the best education and get straight to the point with practical real world exercises that professionals actively use in production.

Children vote for the Doctor to appear on banknotes

The Yorkshire Building Society undertook a survey in November to discover who children would like to see on new banknotes, with the favourite among the 2000 7-16 year olds wanting it to be the Doctor!

A quick trip in the TARDIS to the future would reveal that a new face has regenerated on to British banknotes, if the nation’s children had their way.

The Doctor has been chosen as the face of future currency in a survey of seven to 16-year-olds conducted by Yorkshire Building Society to mark its 150th anniversary.

The Time Lord from Gallifrey was the overwhelming favourite to be featured on the next banknote with one in six children (17%) selecting him. Mum and Dad were the next most popular choice with just over 10%, followed by Cheryl, One Direction and Wayne Rooney.

Other answers given for the survey of 2,000 children included Radio 1 breakfast DJ Nick Grimshaw, Winston Churchill, Stephen Hawking and Sherlock Holmes.

If the Doctor – who is currently played by Glasgow born actor Peter Capaldi - was to appear in his current incarnation on the note, he would be the third Scotsman to appear on a Bank of England note.

Eighteenth century economist Adam Smith became the first Scotsman to feature on an English banknote in March 2007 when he appeared on the new series of £20 notes issued by the Bank of England.

Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer, James Watt, was the second to appear in 2011 on a new £50 note.

Tanya Jackson, Head of Corporate Affairs at Yorkshire Building Society, said:
The results from our survey show just how popular the iconic character of the Doctor is to children.

It is a happy coincidence that last year Doctor Who celebrated its own milestone anniversary with the programme reaching its 50th year and Yorkshire Building Society has also stood the test of time as we have been celebrating our 150th birthday this year.

In an alternative universe the Doctor has already had that privilege ... fake notes created for a scene in the 2006 Christmas Special The Runaway Bride where a cashpoint spewed out lots of money included the image of the tenth Doctor as played by David Tennant on the "£10" notes (with then-producer Phil Collinson adorning the "£20" notes).

Bank note featuring the 10th Doctor (Credit: BBC)

(with thanks to Yorkshire Building Society)

Predict the Ratings for Last Christmas

As we enter the last few days before Christmas Day, the battle over which show will top the overnight ratings continue apace. Out of ten bookmakers currently offering odds on the winning programme, Doctor Who is currently fifth-placed at 11/1; Mrs Browns Boys is the favourite at the time of writing at 6/5, followed by Eastenders at 5/2, Miranda at 4/1 and The Queen's Speech at 6/1.

The full evening line-up for BBC1 and ITV show the following odds:

BBC1  5:00pm Strictly Come Dancing   35/1    ITV  5:20pm You've Been Framed                 100/1
BBC1 6:15pm Doctor Who 11/1 ITV 5:50pm Paul O'Grady For The Love Of Dogs 100/1
BBC1 7:15pm Miranda 4/1 ITV 7:00pm Emmerdale 96/1
BBC1 7:50pm Call The Midwife 19/1 ITV 8:00pm Coronation Street 26/1
BBC1 9:00pm Eastenders 5/2 ITV 9:00pm Downton Abbey 47/1
BBC1 10:05pm Mrs Browns Boys 6/5

The winning programme will be the one that achieves the highest BARB overnight rating.

Doctor Who News: Predict The Ratings Competition

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (Credit: BBC/David Venni)Another tradition at Christmas is our "Predict the Ratings" competition, and we are once again proud to be running the competition in association with Big Finish Productions, who this year offer a copy of Jago and Litefoot 5 signed by its stars, Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter, plus three additional signed scripts from recent productions. In addition we will also include a copy of Last Christmas when released on DVD or Blu-ray.

The aim is to guess the final consolidated viewing figure, as reported by BARB to the nearest 10,000 viewers (i.e. two decimal places). This figure includes all those watching the episode within a week of broadcast, but does not include those watching on iPlayer.

For comparison with previous years, you can view the final ratings for The Christmas Invasion, The Runaway Bride, Voyage of the Damned, The Next Doctor, The End of Time part one, A Christmas Carol, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, The Snowmen and The Time of the Doctor via This Week in Doctor Who.

To enter the competition, please send the following details to
  • Your name and preferred email address
  • Your country of entry (full details will be requested only if you are the winner)
  • Your guess at the final rating to the nearest 10,000 (eg. 15.31m)
Terms and Conditions:
  • The competition closes at 6:15pm GMT, 25th December 2014.
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  • The competition is open worldwide.
  • BARB figures are expected around 10 days after transmission; we will contact the winner once they have been published.

Doctor Who Extra: Last Christmas on the Red Button

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (Credit: BBC/David Venni)This year's Christmas Special, Last Christmas will be accompanied by a fourteen minute edition of Doctor Who Extra, available online after the story has broadcast like with Series Eight earlier this year. The behind-the-scenes documentary will also be made available on the BBC Red Button service, with the dates to the end of next week currently known:

Join Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Nick Frost as the cast and crew of Last Christmas reveal the inside story of the Twelfth Doctor's first seasonal special!

Christmas Day7:10pm-10:25pm
Boxing Day8:55pm-10:00pm

More broadcasts are expected over the course of the weekend and following week.

Doctor Who Last Christmas teasers

Included below are 13 spoiler-free teasers and dialogue from the upcoming Doctor Who festive special, Last Christmas. Read Blogtor's review HERE.
Someone has Time Lord technology.

“He’s probably texting women of low moral character.”

The Doctor reveals he finds someone sexually attractive.

“That noise. I never realised how much I loved it.”

Something heard in Turn Left is heard again

“My Little Pony”

The Elves find something in common with Clara

“It’s the North Pole, and I own it.”

The Doctor almost quotes Die Hard.

“That is rude. That is perverted.”

Santa reveals how reindeer can fly.

“We’re being hacked!”

The Doctor quotes Madame Vastra
Doctor Who, Last Christmas airs Dec 25 on BBC One at 6.15pm. For more pics, clips and news on the special, click HERE.

REVIEW: Last Christmas [spoiler-free]

Last Christmas
by Steven Moffat

Starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman

Airs Dec 25, 6.15pm on BBC One

It’s Christmas Day and that can mean only one thing - the world needs the Doctor! And this year is no exception as the nightmarish Dream Crabs invade and threaten to enslave Earth.

Thankfully, for us, Santa Claus is also on standby to lend a hand as Clara and the Time Lord find themselves under attack in a Polar Base (at the North Pole, Santa’s home) along with a group of scientists, some of whom have already been converted by the Dream Crabs.

Between them, they have to figure out just how to defeat the alien menace, which aren’t unlike the menace from Alien (1979) in that they like to hug faces (Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic does get the odd mention in the episode). Santa is the key to the mystery of this attack.

Speaking of the big man, sweet Pappa Crimbo is played with relish by Nick Frost (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead). "Are we gonna get busy saving Christmas?" he cooly drawls whilst his elves, brilliantly played by Misfit’s Nathan McMullen and Dan Starkey (who normally plays Sontaran Strax), look on in awe calling him, "Bad ass."

The trio make for some great laughs as they answer questions on their veracity and generally fool around (look out for Frost's impression of Capaldi). You’ll (no pun intended) be hoping for some more fun from these guys in future festive outings. Surprisingly, however, this lot aren’t as much a part of the story as the team of scientists; a quickly identifiable group of characters. And, like Santa and his troupe, expertly played by the actors involved.

Clara and the Doctor continue their rather problematic relationship with the fall-out from the Series 8 finale all too visible. These facets are woven in to the plot, gratefully, and rather than slowing down the story, add to its menace. Elsewhere, Capaldi finally gets to show some unadulterated joy and you won’t fail to feel his happiness, whilst Coleman gets to do some proper old skool Doctor Who companion screaming and something new for viewers (shan't spoil).

Last Christmas has been described as scary and nightmarish - and rightfully so. I foresee many youngsters needing a hand on getting to sleep come Christmas night. The Dream Crabs, not unlike a cross between the Weeping Angels and the Silence, are on the rather terrifying side and are filmed with a proper cinematic eye, the camera never staying too long on them but giving the audience enough to grab the nearest pillow or loved-one.

Director Paul Wilmshurst does an excellently eerie job with the horror her but it’s not just the monsters that will give chills. There are a number of uncanny scenes that will remind you of The Shining or Hitchcock with its disembodied voices, Dutch angles, empty corridors and zooms - this is psychological terror as well as physical. Indeed, it’s the former that will haunt and unnerve more. Rather satisfyingly, some of the best scares are kept until the denouement.

Worthy of a mention too, and a gold star, is composer Murray Gold who cultivates these scares with sharp strings and also lends a beautifully heartwarming tone to the story's final moments.

It’s not entirely perfect though. There’s still the continual annoyance of people having a “thing” to do or the numerous times "Shut up!" gets delivered (even Santa gets in on the action) and halfway through there’s a slight sag which somewhat slows the story up.

But, other than that, Last Christmas is a hugely satisfying story and a cracking festive outing (certainly one of the best Doctor Who specials). The ending will have some in tears and others beaming with joy and excitement. I can’t imagine anything better for Christmas Day.