Peter Davison wants to see Jenny return

Actor Peter Davison, who played the best Doctor Who, has been chatting to ABC News about Doctor Who. Davison championed the return of Jenny from The Doctor's Daughter to the show. Jenny was played by actress, and daughter of Davison, Georgia Moffett* (pictured left with Davison).

"At the end of her story she flew off in to the universe, at the moment, never to be seen again. Let's bring her back!

Let's have a spin-off with Jenny!"

Georgia Moffett produced The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, which was written, directed and starred Peter Davison. The Time Lady, of sorts, came up when discussion turned to the notion of a female Doctor Who.

"Personally, and I speak now as a fan who grew up watching it, I have trouble with the idea of a female Doctor. I reckon if you're born on Gallifrey a man, you probably are a male Time Lord."

"I think it's great to have a female Time Lord, but my feeling about it - I know this could be controversial, I'm speaking as a viewer - I personally think The Doctor is male," adding with a smile, "I probably will get flack, and that's fair enough. It's just my opinion."

* She's also married to David Tennant, fact fans.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection

The latest issues of the fantastic magazine, the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, are hitting shops now! Issue 368 comes with an amazing figurine of JABE (as seen in The End of the Worldwhilst Issue 39 features DALEK (from Genesis of the Daleks). For full details, visit their website HERE. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.

The Essential Book of K-9

The Essential Book of K-9 (Credit: Paul Tams)A campaign is currently in progress to raise funds to publish a new book about the Doctor's second best friend*, K-9. The initiative is being driven by K-9 series co-creator Paul Tams, and will explore the character's many lives through Doctor Who, K-9 and Company, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and in his own series.

Paul Tams says:
It's amazing there has never been a book dedicated to the full story of K9; his adventures in Time and Space and beyond and the making of the TV shows in which he appeared. We aim to correct this oversight and present an amazing volume of features, photos and behind the scenes information. We also aim to have several new stories and comic strips from classic writers including his original co-creator Bob Baker himself.

The book will become a lasting tribute to the people who created, acted alongside, designed and built K9 throughout the years and an insight into the world of TV production. Plus a look behind the scenes at plans for K9's further adventures on screen!

Funding for the book is being organised through IndieGoGo, and there are a number of perks that can be chosen by those who participate in the campaign.

Details on the modern series of K-9 can be found at the K9 Official website.

(with thanks to Paul Tams)

Who’s Changing – 1st Year Anniversary SPECIAL OFFER!

A year ago today, our documentary film Who's Changing - An Adventure in Time with Fans was released on DVD and online. To celebrate, for one week only, we're slashing the price of both the DVD and the online rental. Details below.

You can purchase the DVD of Who's Changing - An Adventure in Time with Fans directly from us for only £8 - and this is a WORLDWIDE price (normally £12.99). This INCLUDES shipping. You can also rent the film online for only £1.99 - check out the player above. The DVD is REGION FREE. (This offer ends Feb 2, 2015.)

Who's Changing looks at the changing face of Doctor Who fandom and features insight and interviews from LOUISE JAMESON (Leela), DAN STARKEY (Strax), NEVE MCINTOSH (Vastra), SOPHIE ALDRED (Ace), SIMON FISHER-BECKER (Dorium Maldovar), CATRIN STEWART (Jenny Flint), CAITLIN BLACKWOOD (Amelia Pond), ERIC SAWARD (former Who script editor), JAMES MORAN (The Fires of Pompeii writer), ANDREW SMITH (Full Circle writer), GARY RUSSELL (former Who script editor), JANE ESPENSON (Torchwood, Buffy, Once Upon A Time writer), and many, many more!

The DVD includes the feature-length documentary and also over 80 minutes of extras, full interviews with LOUISE JAMESON (Leela), DAN STARKEY (Strax), NEVE MCINTOSH (Vastra), SOPHIE ALDRED (Ace) and SIMON FISHER-BECKER (Dorium Maldovar). Over 2.5 hours of Doctor Who fun to be had on one disc!


Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans has already been screened at various film festivals including: The Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, Sci-Fi London 2014, the North American Science Fiction Convention, DetCon 1 and the Los Angeles Fear + Fantasy Film Festival 2014. Here's what the critics have been saying (click on the quotes for the full reviews):

"sunny hearted celebration of all things fan.
...invaluable instagram shot of where fan culture is at this exact moment.
... a finely detailed and refreshingly uncynical lust letter to the series it now is."
Doctor Who Magazine (#473)

(averages 4.6/5)

This special offer is open WORLDWIDE and ends on Feb 2, 2015


by Andrew Smith

Starring Peter Davison, Janet Fielding,
Mark Stickson and Sarah Sutton

Out Now

Once again, Adric would never know if he was right. Having calculated the coordinates to pilot the TARDIS back into E-space in the spare time before his unfortunate encounter with an army of Cybermen, it’s instead left to The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough to endure the journey through the CVE back to Alzarius.

The travellers have little time available to acclimatise though, as realisation dawns that they’ve arrived on the planet at the worst possible time. Mistfall: when the tranquil, leafy idyll of Alzarius becomes a snarling, biting, poisonous mist-drenched nightmare. Seemingly abandoning the notion of security in numbers, the TARDIS crew divide in two to explore and while The Doctor and Tegan encounter an off-world survey team investigating the planetary eco-system, Turlough and Nyssa get caught up with a small team of saboteurs. Set several hundred years after the Time Lord’s previous visit, his previous efforts there are remembered sufficiently to secure a welcome from the survey team leadership.

Operating as a sequel to Full Circle, it’s of benefit to have a working knowledge of that televised adventure, though not a vital requirement. For me, my recollections of The Fourth Doctor and Romana’s encounters with Marshmen, Alzarian society and – that boy again – Adric, are restricted to what I can remember from viewing it back in the day. I’ve been nervous of watermelons (and their potential long-legged occupants) ever since.

Andrew Smith builds upon the earlier story (which he also authored), but provides an entertaining adventure capable of standing alone. As always, Big Finish provide a sumptuous soundscape, and the incidental music is strongly evocative of early Eighties Who, transporting the listener back in time to Saturday evenings, cringeing at the spiders in the swamps.

Peter Davison is on energetic form throughout, as enthusiastic in audio format as his televised persona. Big Finish secure the talented support of Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart in the telly adventures) to raise everyone’s game, in the role of First Decider Lana Merrion, leading the New Alzarian planetary expedition to uncover the secrets of its eco-system. There’s a strong sense too of a TARDIS crew enjoying travelling together, even with the occasional spiky sparrings between Tegan and Turlough. Where the audio adventures really succeed is in drawing much more upon the talents of The Doctor’s companions, rather than as “What’s happening?” sounding-boards.

Mistfall questions the value of scientific research as against its potential effects upon the ecology being investigated, and whether the end justifies the means. At its heart, there's the slow reveal of an intriguing examination of the dilemmas of leadership and the impact of decisions made to try and secure the least-worst outcome. There’s also more than enough peril and danger from roaring, marauding Marshmen and scratchety, scuttling spiders to entertain throughout the four episode duration. And over the course of the four episodes the motivations of the characters encountered by The Doctor and his friends are revealed in some cases to be rather more shady than first appeared. Beware the seemingly loyal lieutenant!

It’s not a perfect adventure, with The Doctor somehow engineering a rather sudden “let’s all work together” volte-face, involving the previously (justifiably enraged) Marshmen and their New Alzarian captives. Meanwhile, a sequence involving a very protracted threat from the villain of the piece, armed but seemingly preferring to talk about shooting everyone in sight without actually doing so.

I’d be a churl to complain too much though, as Mistfall is an enjoyable listen and a thought-provoking one too. A solid start to an intriguing trilogy of adventures in E-space.

Thanks to Big Finish

The 50 Year Diary – Day 756 – Army of Ghosts

Will Brooks’ 50 Year Diary - watching Doctor Who one episode a day from the very start...

Day 756: Army of Ghosts

Dear diary,

By the time this finale rolled around, it didn’t matter how much or how little I’d enjoyed the individual episodes throughout the season - excitement was at fever pitch, and I’d been oh-so-clever and worked it all out, you see. I’d been piecing it together for months. Little snippets of info would turn up in Doctor Who Magazine, or in press releases, and when you added it all together, it was obvious what was going to happen. Rose and the Doctor were going to break up. I didn’t know how, or why, or when, but before we reached the season finale, the dream team would be no more. And I knew this because at the end of School Reunion, Sarah Jane makes such a point of telling Rose to find her one day if she needs to - should the Doctor leave Rose behind. Oh, that was too significant to not be followed up on, so Rose was going to go and hunt Sarah Jane down, and then the world was going to come close to the end.

Because that was the other thing that had been confirmed - the Cybermen weren’t only going to turn up for one two-part story this season, they were coming back fro the finale, too. Doctor Who Magazine made a point of saying that the finale was going to be really heart breaking and terrible, and there was a press release that claimed the DVD artwork couldn’t be released until after the finale, because it had a special lenticular sleeve, and the artwork on there would give away major spoilers about the finale. Oh, it was all so obvious - Rose was going to get turned into a Cyberman! Somewhere else, a point was made that the Doctor and Rose would be separated permanently, and that there’d be absolutely no way to get her back; what’s more final that the companion being turned into a Cyberman, and the Doctor having to sacrifice his companion as part of the overall victory? That would certainly qualify as heart-breaking, it would explain the spoilerific DVD sleeve (obviously it was going to alternate between the face of Rose and a Cyberman), and it would tug nicely on the threads right back to the first season - ‘I could save the world but lose you…’

Oh, but then I was wrong! About all of it! Hah! Not the last time, either; we’ll be having another couple of paragraphs like this next month when we reach Journey’s End. There’s no Sarah Jane… Rose doesn’t become a Cyberman… there really is a way to get Rose back (repeatedly)… ho-hum. It was a nice theory while it lasted, and every new bit of information that slipped out fitted so perfectly into the narrative I’d imagined that it was too good to not be true! Well, almost every piece of information. Do you remember when the Doctor Who team went up to collect an award for the programme (was it a BAFTA?)… and Dalek Sec comes trundling out on to stage! A Dalek painted head-to-bumper in black. Well that certainly didn’t show up in Series One, so obviously the pepper-pots would be back again at some point… only then Russell T Davies made a point of saying somewhere that people were wasting their time speculating - they’d painted the Dalek black to match all of their own formal outfits for the awards event. It was clearly rubbish… but I fell for it hook, line, and sinker! It didn’t fit my nice neat theory, you see, in which Rose underwent conversion, so I was happy to go along with the idea that the Daleks weren’t going to be cropping up before the series was out. I didn’t even twig, until that moment when you get the tiniest hint of an eyestalk coming out of the Void Sphere. To tell you the truth, I don’t know what I thought was in there.

I said, the other day, that Love & Monsters was perfectly placed within the season to give us a look at the way Jackie’s life has been affected by the Doctor, before she gets to take on a bigger role than usual for this finale. I don’t think I really appreciated just how true that is, though, because almost everything she does here is informed by what we see in that episode. Her conversation with Rose aboard the TARDIS, in which she worries about her daughter’s future is so beautiful, and true, and perfectly in keeping with the character as we saw her a few days ago. And then so’s the way she starts to describe the plot of EastEnders to the Doctor, too! Hah! Oh, I hooted at that one.

Jackie takes on an even bigger role than I remembered in this one - somehow I’d completely blanked out the fact that she has to pretend to be Rose for a while as the Doctor starts to investigate Torchwood. In many ways, she serves as the comic relief for the episode, and she does it perfectly. I’m glad she got the chance to really play up the humour in this second series (it all starts - in some ways - with the killer Christmas tree), and that she gets to leave the programme with this little sub-plot. It’s simply making me grin like a fool throughout. I really find it hard, watching the show back now, to think that I didn’t like Jackie to begin with, first time around!

One other thing that really stuck out for me today was the Doctor’s description of what a Void Ship does. Do you recall, just a few days ago, how the Doctor was so adamant that nothing could exist that comes from ‘before’ the universe? Well, here, he very quickly states that some people call the Void ‘Hell’, and that if you sit inside a Void Ship, you’re completely outside of time… and you could go past the end of the universe and into the next! Now, in fairness, he does say that he’d always thought of Void Ships and being merely a theory - not something that actually exists - but still, if he’s aware of the idea, then he wouldn’t be so set on his belief? Maybe meeting the Beast has loosened up his thinking on such things?