Doctor Who Adventures moves to Panini

Doctor Who Adventures, issue 354, 2014Doctor Who Adventures, the UK-published magazine aimed at younger Doctor Who fans, is to move publishers to Panini UK from next month, where it will become a stablemate of Panini's existing Doctor Who Magazine.

DWM editor Tom Spilsbury confirmed the news on the Gallifrey Base Doctor Who fan forum this evening, stating that the first Panini issue will appear on the 23rd of April, with an advert to appear in the new issue of DWM due out later this week.

DWA began life in 2006, during the first wave of popular success for the revived Doctor Who, and was initially published by BBC Worldwide, the Corporation's own commercial subsidiary. Like most of Worldwide's magazine output, it was sold off to Immediate Media in 2011, who have published the title until this point. Initially a fortnightly title, its success saw it increased to weekly publication from issue 47.

However, DWA has seen a marked decrease in circulation figures over the past five years, selling an average of just under 20,000 copies per issue in the first half of 2014, as opposed to over 50,000 for the same period in 2010 (see our previous story). It has also decreased in publication frequency from a weekly back to a fortnightly and then a monthly title.

The website DownTheTubes.org has further information on the news, including a preview of the first new-style DWA comic strip. This strip will be drawn by Russ Leach - there is no news yet on whether DWA's long-standing artist John Ross will return to the publication at all.

The DownTheTubes article also confirms that Jason Quinn will take over as editor, with the April 23rd issue being a new issue 1, as opposed to continuing the existing numbering. The current issue of DWA on sale, issue 363, will be the final one to be published by Immediate Media, and will remain on sale until next month.

Maisie Williams to Guest Star in Doctor Who

Maisie Williams (Credit: BBC/ Simon Ridgway)The BBC has announced that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams is to star in a guest role in the next series of Doctor Who.

Williams is renowned for her role as Arya Stark in the international fantasy drama series. She also starred in the one-off docu-drama Cyberbully and was cast as one of the leads of Carol Morley’s drama The Falling. As well as being a three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee, in February of this year she was awarded with a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

On her first day on set, Maisie Williams said:
I'm so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.
Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added:
We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.
Two more story details have been released by the BBC. The first is The Girl Who Died which is written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat. Mathieson wrote the aclaimed Series Eight stories Mummy On The Orient and Flatline. Also announced is The Woman Who Lived by Catherine Tregenna. Tregenna wrote four episodes of Torchwood: Out of Time, Meat, Adam and Captain Jack Harkness, which was nominated for the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

The two stories will be directed by Ed Bazalgette, currently earning rave reviews for working on the BBC One 18th-century drama Poldark.

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who recently appeared in the series Cucumber, also joins the guest cast alongside BBC Three’s Siblings and CBBC’s Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.

The series returns this Autumn.

Doctor Who Series 9 guest cast and writer news

IMAGES COURTESY OF BBC

The BBC have revealed that actress Maisie Williams (pictured above) will be joining the guest cast of Doctor Who Series 9. Check out all the details below.

Maisie has already found global fame and is renowned for her role as Arya Stark in the international fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. She also starred in the one-off docu-drama Cyberbully and was cast as one of the leads of Carol Morley’s drama The Falling. As well as being a three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee, in February of this year she was awarded with a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival. On her first day on set, Maisie Williams said:
“I'm so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added: “We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge The Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”

Bursting with drama, wit and heart, the show continues filming with two period adventures - The Girl Who Died written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and The Woman Who Lived by Catherine Tregenna both directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC One’s 18th Century drama Poldark).

VISIT THE DOCTOR WHO SERIES 9 EP GUIDE HERE

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who recently appeared in the Russell T Davies series Cucumber, also joins the guest cast alongside BBC Three’s Siblings and CBBC’s Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.

Peter Capaldi surprises fans at the Doctor Who Experience


The Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi surprised fans at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff last week with an unexpected appearance. Luckily, cameras were on standby to capture the moment - watch the video in the player above. Taking place on the Tenth Anniversary of New Who, the actor also answered questions from fans. From the same day, watch Capaldi sing "Happy Birthday" to Doctor Who HERE.

REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor #1

Doctor Who - The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott | Artist: Blair Shedd

Out April 1


Ten years on since Doctor Who first returned to our televisions, the Ninth Doctor and his friends are continuing their adventures in comic form. Weapons Of Past Destruction, written by Cavan Scott with art by Blair Shedd, reunites us with precious Nine, Rose, and Jack Harkness in a new story set between the televisual stories The Doctor Dances and Boom Town.

One does wonder at what point in his life The Doctor will actually stop expecting a pleasant trip to someplace nice not to end in unpleasant surprise and disaster: the Time Lord’s idyllic descriptions of the planet Excroth prove wildly inaccurate as the team find themselves the guests/prisoners of some big angry robots known as the Lect, who appear to be engaged in battle with the Unon, giant metal space-centaurs engaged in attacking the Lect ship.

In spite of their best efforts (which, admittedly, aren’t very good), The Doctor and friends find themselves embroiled in this conflict – and while they attempt to make good their exit, Rose finds herself stuck outside the TARDIS in the midst of escalating explosions.



But there are some mysterious time-related issues aplenty in this adventure, and I’m sure we’ll find out just what the heck happened to the nice planet they were meant to have been visiting as the tale unfolds.

This first instalment does a good job of capturing the essence of this TARDIS team – though I do hope that Rose has more to do beyond asking exposition-y questions next time round, now that she’s been separated from The Doctor and Jack, and in possession of a curious piece of jewellery which seems to protect its wearer.

The art is joyously faithful to the 2005 Doctor Who aesthetic, and the comic as a whole is a welcome reminder of the brimming enthusiasm and fun of that first revived series. And if I’m honest, they had me at giant metal space-centaurs.

BLOGTOR RATING 8/10
Thanks to Titan Comics

Ninth Doctor Additional Covers

Titan have released a preview of a number of additional variant covers for the new Comic set based on the adventures of the Ninth Doctor, as played by Christopher Eccleston.

The five part series, released on Wednesday, is written by the co-author of the bestselling 'Who-ology', Cavan Scott, and illustrated by artist Blair Shedd.

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?

Interview with Tenth Doctor Comics Writer Nick Abadzis

Reviewed by Martin Hudecek
Nick AbadzisDoctor Who News recently had the privilege of interviewing talented comic book writer Nick Abadzis, who works on the ongoing Tenth Doctor series from Titan Comics. Having enjoyed the new stories  (which I have reviewed for some time here on this site) I was fascinated to find out a bit more about the process behind them.

Doctor Who Comics influenced Abadzis going back to his childhood, so even today he finds it very special to be part of this great tradition. He has produced the acclaimed graphic novel 'LAIKA', which won an Eisner award, and got similar praise and awards from foreign countries. His upcoming project is entitled Pigs Might Fly and will literally involve flying pigs.

The Tenth Doctor stories take place immediately after Donna Noble's unceremonious exit from the TARDIS crew in Journey's End.approaches the stories as if they formed a proper fourth season for this incarnation; (of course producer Russell T Davies came up with the idea of a 'gap year' of Specials instead). The Tenth Doctor is not in the happiest of places mentally, and is cautious of taking on another companion. He needs newcomer Gabby to win his trust.  

One deliberate creative approach involves using the traditional Doctor Who cliffhanger to  gain reader loyalty and have them obtain further installments from the range.  ButAbadzis tries to not be too formulaic in his storytelling, and this means that the dominant character in the story varies.
Sometimes, it’s from the Doctor’s point of view, sometimes the companion’s, sometimes another character’s, even the villain’s. In comics, you do have that luxury, and it isn’t always as jarring a switch as it might be in another medium.
Abadzis's sheer passion for the comic format is evident:    
Comics is a language..far, far more sophisticated .. than some people give it credit for.....comics grammar is used on a daily basis, where it’s colonized smartphones and desktop computing
Abadzis acknowledges that David Tennant's own charisma gives the story with the Doctor a certain energy and drive, yet he as the writer must look for ways for the heroic Time Lord to develop as a character. Furthermore the RTD produced era was multilayered and in comic form, Nick wants to try and explore that intriguing material with the options comic books allow. Nick also is gracious in crediting the work done by artist  by Elena Casagrande, who is an even bigger fan of the character portrayed by Tennant.

On a final note, he expressed his desire to see major live tours for David Bowie and Iggy Pop when I asked what he would visit if time travel were possible.

The full interview with Nick Abadzis is on Doctor Who Reviews.

Doctor Who: Tenth Vol. 1  is out now in comic book stores, and reaches books stores on March 31st.

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Doctor Who guest stars in Thunderbirds Are Go!

Pictures: ITV

This weekend sees the return of International Rescue to television with the new series, Thunderbirds Are Go! Starting on April 4 on ITV, the show features a number of Doctor Who guest stars. Pictured above are (L-R): Colonel Casey, Brains, John Tracy, Kayo and Parker. They are voiced by:

Adjoa Andoh who played Sister Jatt in New Earth and Francine Jones in Series Three & Four

Kayvan Novak voiced Handles in The Time of the Doctor

Thomas Brodie-Sangster played Latimer in Human Nature and The Family of Blood

Angel Coulby played Katherine in The Girl in the Fireplace

David Graham played Professor Kerensky in City of Death, Charlie in The Gunfighters, voiced the Mechonoids in The Chase, and voiced Daleks in The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Chase, Mission to the Unknown, The Daleks' Master Plan and the two Peter Cushing movies, Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

Thunderbirds Are Go! begins on ITV on Saturday April 4 at 5pm


All images courtesy of ITV and reproduced with permission.

New Lt. Ed. Doctor Who Collection statues


The BBC Shop have got some great new Doctor Who figurines in - click on the images above for more info. These Doctor Who figurines are limited edition and hand-sculpted - check them out at the BBC Shop HERE and the details below.

• A Limited Edition 1:12 scale handpainted figurine / statue from the Doctor Who Collection
• Designed and Sculpted in Shropshire, England by Robert Harrop Designs
• Only 750 Figurines Worldwide
• Individually hand numbered with a unique number on the base
• Comes complete in a presentation box with information card and a Certificate of Authenticity
These amazing figurines are available to pre-order from the BBC Shop now. The items are currently listed as being in stock  from April 1. Order HERE.