Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds: A 50-Year Treasury of Art and Design

A new non-fiction hardback book has been announced for this coming October:

Impossible Worlds: A 50-Year Treasury of Art and Design (Credit: Harper Design)Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds: A 50-Year Treasury of Art and Design
By Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker
Published 27 Oct 2015 [pre-order in United Kingdom and North America]

An intimate, behind-the-curtains tour of the sets, costumes, spacecraft, alien planets, creatures, weapons, and gadgets used to create the stunning world of Doctor Who.

From distant galaxies in the far-flung future, to ancient history on the planet Earth, Doctor Who is unique for the breadth of imaginative possibilities it offers the artists charged with bringing each episode to life. Mining the depths of the BBC archives, Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker have compiled this breathtaking collection of rare and never-before-published images that are interwoven with fascinating insights from the show’s writers.

Showcasing the work of Doctor Who’s remarkable designers, Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds pays tribute to the care and attention to detail essential to creating the look of the show, from the characters themselves—including recurring villains like the Daleks or the Cybermen—to the smallest hand prop featured in the briefest of scenes, to the TARDIS console room and other regularly used sets.

Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds explores how the art department works together with costumers and make-up and special effects artists to produce a coherent look for a diverse range of alien worlds; reveals how the artists’ relationship with the computer graphics department allows them to create locations far grander than possible in the real world; and shows how today’s creative artists have built upon the designs produced by their predecessors—the pioneers of the program’s “classic” era whose legacy has delighted audiences since 1963.

Divided thematically, Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds examines the history of the program and its art and set design, and highlights how various re-occurring designs have evolved over time. Chock full of surprising, illuminating, and fascinating information, photographs, and trivia, Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds is essential for every Whovian, whether you’re an established fan or are new to the show.

Symphonic Spectacular – Opens this Weekend

With Wembley being declared safe the BBC Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is all set to begin its first UK tour, this weekend.

The London venue had been closed for the past two days, following the discovery of a World War II unexploded bomb on a building site nearby. The bomb, which posed "a genuine risk to life", was removed by members of the British Army's Royal Logistic Corps disposal team, early this afternoon, and will be detonated in a controlled explosion.

The area has now been reopened.

The Symphonic Spectacular features the music written for Doctor Who by Murray Gold, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus of Wales. The orchestra will be conducted by Ben Foster and hosted by Peter Davison.

The show will enjoy a limited run of thirteen performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow.

Ticket information is on the BBC Events Website.

Win a Sonic Screwdriver in Doctor Who Comic UK #4

Doctor Who Comic UK #4 (Credit: Titan)Titan Magazines has announced a Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver competition exclusively inside Doctor Who Comic UK #4, on sale now.

Partnering with The Wand Company, FOUR lucky winners will be amongst the first in the world to receive the brand-new Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver, which will be seen for the first time at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con on the 8th July on the BBC Booth.

The universal remote gives Doctor Who fans what they have been asking for: a gesture-based metal replica Sonic Screwdriver with Any-TV-Off function and fabulous sonic light and sound FX!

Highlights include:
  • 12 authentic sonic sounds, as well as 12 secret Morse coded catch phrases to decipher.
  • TV-off function that turns off any television at the press of a button – without having to program the Sonic first.
  • New extending action with spring-loaded clasps.
  • Soft-touch leather patterned grip material with grip-located action button.
  • Die-cast metal construction with a redesigned, hand-polished copper-plated handle.
The brand-new hero prop replica is a superb recreation of the Sonic Screwdriver used by Peter Capaldi in Series 8. Compatible with almost all audio-visual home entertainment devices, perfect for both play and display, the Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver is a must-have piece for any Doctor Who fan, cosplayer or collector!

Also in this issue of Doctor Who Comic, three Doctors in on-going adventures. This month: the Twelfth Doctor discovers more about the cult of Kali; the Eleventh Doctor takes part in a murder mystery; and the Tenth Doctor introduces Gabby to the wonders of time and space exploration.

Doctor Who Comic UK is available from supermarkets, WH Smiths and independent newsagents. Or order online

Symphonic Spectacular – Wembley Update

The BBC have confirmed that the weekend launch of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, due to be held at the SSE Arena in Wembley, is expected to go ahead, despite the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb in the area.

The BBC told Doctor Who News
An unexploded device has been found in Wembley, on a building site close to The SSE Arena.

Police are currently on site and work is underway to make the area safe.

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular shows planned for Saturday and Sunday are currently unaffected. We will update if there is further news.
The area around the SSE arena is currently closed by the police, with Army bomb disposal experts currently trying to defuse the 50 Kg explosive, thought to have been dropped by German bombers in the early 1940's.

The SSE arena has advised people to follow Brent Borough Metropolitan Police Service for updates.

The concert is due to play three shows at Wembley this weekend, before heading around the UK with dates at Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow.

City of Death: London Signing 21st May 2015

There will be a special event taking place in London tomorrow to tie in with the publication of the new novel City of Death from BBC Books:

City of Death (Credit: BBC Books)
Celebrate the publication of
the classic DOCTOR WHO adventure by
Douglas Adams

novelised by
Signing event on Thursday 21st May
6:30 - 7:30pm

St Pancras Concourse, with Hatchards

Wine, Doctor Who props and LIVE PIANIST
playing musical scores from the show
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